Erik Lund Vinderskov
After a life well lived, Erik passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side, gracefully surrendering at the end of a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.
Ever a proud Dane, Erik grew up in the small coastal town of Lemvig, Denmark, then shortly after completing his military service emigrated and settled on Vancouver Island with his soul mate Eva in 1956. Together, they built a fantastic life settling in the community of Telegraph Cove, where Erik worked in the sawmill and eventually became part owner. As proud members of the community, he and Eva raised their family and enjoyed more than two decades in the Cove.
As the sawmill approached its inevitable end in 1979, Erik sold his interest and moved into Port McNeill, where he started a new enterprise as Erik’s Building Service. Erik’s adventurous spirit took him and Eva, and often the children, their spouses and grandchildren, on trips that left few items on his “bucket list” undone.
True to his Nordic roots, his great passion was his sailboat (Uli Kai), which gave him 30 years of enjoyment sailing the BC coast.
First and foremost, however, was Erik’s devotion to family for whom he was a phenomenal husband, father and “Bedstefar”, a proud patriarch and a great friend and mentor.
This humble but truly inspiring man will be missed by his family and multitude of friends but his spirit will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. He is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Eva, by his sister Hanne in Canada, sister Ingrid in Denmark and brother Kund in Belgium; by his son Peter, daughters Anne Marie (Randy) and Lisa (Kurt) and grandchildren Curtis, Garrett, Lindsay, Sonya and Katrina. He craved any time he could spend with his extended family, especially when they visited his treasured oceanfront home on Beach Drive enjoying fires on the beach with his friends.
The family wishes to acknowledge the incredible staff of the BC Cancer Agency and Port McNeill and District Hospital for their care and kindness and Dr. Granger Avery for his compassionate service and friendship. Donations are gratefully encouraged to the BC Cancer Foundation (www.bccancerfoundation.com).
At Erik’s request, there will be no formal memorial service.