Eric Hansen

Eric Hansen was born June 10, 1926 in Aars, Denmark. He died May 22, 2013 in the Terrace Hospital after a short illness.

He immigrated to Houston in 1952. He worked in the forest industry, mostly for Buck River Timber, as a machine operator. When Buck River Timber was sold, Eric continued to work for Harry Hagman on the farm.

Later he was a machine operator for the Ministry of Highways. Sometime during these years, with a partner, he tried a business of his own operating a trucking operation between Vancouver and Toronto.

During his semi-retirement he worked some summers at the Forest Service as warehouse man.

In the early days Eric played for Houston in a soccer league.

Eric always loved music and played the accordion and piano, he was in a dance band that played for dances all over the valley.

After his retirement he was often seen out on the highway collecting cans and bottles. We understand that much of this money he raised this way was donated to charity.

Eric took a very active part in the Seniors Activity Centre. He was on the board of directors, helped with breakfasts, helped with the upkeep of the building and played carpet bowling and badminton.

For the past 15 years he took over the volunteer job of booking and scheduling the use of the Houston Seniors Activity Centre. This job really interested him and he took on the task with great skill and consideration. Nothing made him happier than bringing in a good month of rental income.

Eric has no relatives living in Canada. He has a sister and her family living in Denmark.

Eric leaves to mourn many casual friends from years past, Seniors Association members and the many that visited him almost every day at A&W.


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