It is with great sadness that the family of Orville Eyolfson announces his passing on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at the La Verendrye General Hospital.
Orville was born on December 12, 1935 in Steep Rock, Manitoba, to Harold and Marion Eyolfson. He grew up in Lundar and Winnipeg and as a young man took a job with Canada Cement. He later joined CN Rail where he worked as a Signal Maintainer in Manitoba and northwestern Ontario. This work brought him to Fort Frances in 1964 where he met the love of his life Delores Lee and they were married on August 14, 1965. In order to remain in Fort Frances, Orville left CN and joined the local paper mill. He was an active member of the Elk’s Lodge, and enjoyed curling and participated in many bonspiels over the years.
Orville and Delores moved to Bear’s Pass in 1989 and became active members of the Halkirk community. Orville volunteered with the Halkirk Fire Department and participated in fundraising activities. He enjoyed many years of hunting and fishing, especially after his retirement in 1994, and was an avid reader. He also enjoyed spending time with many family members and friends who visited at the lake, and taking people out fishing and teaching the younger ones how to fish, all while sharing his unique sense of humour. Orville also enjoyed many road trips out west to British Columbia, and to southern Ontario. After retiring, many winter months were spent in the southern U.S., including Arizona, Texas and Florida, and in 2003, Orville was happy to visit Iceland.
He leaves behind his son Brian (Sean Anderson) of Toronto; sister Donna Hope of Beausejour, Man.; brothers John (Henriette) of Thunder Bay and Dennis (Elizabeth) of Minneapolis; sisters-in-law Joanne Lee of International Falls and Rita Lee of Winnipeg; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Orville was predeceased by his beloved wife Delores; parents Harold and Marion; brother Gerald; in-laws Arthur Sr. and Matilida; brothers and sisters-in-law Dorothy Storey (Barney Byzewski and Isaac Storey), Hazel (Ralph) Struve, Reuben Lee, Art Lee, Lucille (Walter) Prymak, Ronnie Lee, Everett (“Poncho”) Lee, Marilyn Strand and Florence (Ken) Ogden; Connie Eyolfson and Robert Hope; and nephew Brent Ogden.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held in the spring or summer of 2022.
If friends so desire in memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 1300-522 University Avenue, Toronto, Ont., M5G 2R5, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, P.O. Box 2414, Toronto, ON, M4P 1E4,the Halkirk Fire Department, Box 16 Site 300 RR#3, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 0A1 or a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com.