Notice of passing
Terry Dean Walgren
Terry passed away on August 28, 2003 at his parents’ home in Balfour after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. His life was filled with family, friends, sports and adventure.
He was born December 23, 1962 in Nelson, and graduated from LV Rogers Senior Secondary School in 1980. He continued his education at Simon Fraser University, Selkirk College, and the University of Alberta receiving his B.Sc. in Forestry in 1985.
Terry worked as a forester residing in Smithers, New Hazelton and Terrace prior to returning to Nelson where he worked until his illness forced him onto disability.
Terry played hockey and soccer and basketball in his youth, and continued playing hockey and soccer as an adult although he was most passionate about soccer. During his university years he played soccer for the University of Alberta Golden Bears, he also played for teams wherever he lived, including Vancouver, Houston, Smithers, Kispiox, Prince George and Nelson.
Terry enjoyed the outdoors since childhood. He was an avid hiker, camper, rock climber, skier and mountain biker. When Terry was not playing soccer he could be found exploring the wilderness on day trips or extended excursions by himself or with friends.
He was an experienced traveler, choosing destinations “off the beaten path”.” His travels took him to England, Hong Kong, Thailand, Nepal, Singapore, Malaysia, West and East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Inuvik, India, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Israel, Japan, Cuba, and Costa Rica, and various regions of Canada and the United States. Terry always wanted to do more; he continued to plan trips until his death, wanting to meet people and experience other cultures.
Terry learned to play the bagpipes and was a member of the Terrace Pipe Band and the Nelson Kootenay Kilte Pipe Band. He enjoyed the music and friendship of being part of the band.
He is survived by his parents Fred and Beryl Walgren of Balfour; brother David, his wife Brenda and their sons Jamie, Peter and Geoff of Smithers; brother Bruce, his wife Karen and their children Lauren and Ian of Nelson; and sister Dana and her husband Rick White of Toronto; extended sister Bev Beaudry of Nelson, her children Janice of Calgary and Bryan of Nelson; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by his grandparents Clarence and Alice Mason, and Anna Walgren, his nephew Craig Walgren and his aunt Margaret Mason.
A memorial service was held at Nelson United Church on September 2, 2003, Rev. David Boyd officiating.
Friends who so desire may make donations in Terry’s memory to the Cancer Society or the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation.
We will miss his smile, sense of humour, and his zest for life.