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Hank Petersen

April 11, 1925 - November 14, 2014


It is with great sadness that we say farewell to Henry (Hank) Petersen born on April 11, 1925 in Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia and died on November 14, 2014 in Oliver, BC. Hank was predeceased by his parents Karla and Christian Petersen and his older brother, Carl Christian Petersen.

Henry is survived by his loving soulmate of  58 years, Joan Margaret Petersen, his six children, Christian, Paul (Donna), Michael ( Louisa), Katharine (David), Karen (Stephen), and Terrence (Dee) and his adored grandchildren: Ryan, Anne-Marie, David, Ian, Samantha, Sean, Graeme, Matthew, Mark, Laura, Jenelle, Shay and Simon.

Henry spent his childhood in Copenhagen, Denmark, and served in the Danish underground movement during WW2 as a young man.  In 1950 he journeyed to Ontario, Canada to study rural farming techniques. The lure of the west coast enticed him and he first worked at Wood Fibre Pulp Mill before becoming a salmon fisher with his own troller.  After the loss of his vessel during a heavy storm off Texada Island, he pursued a career in education. 

Henry spent one year at Normal School in Vancouver and began his career at SOSS, teaching senior social studies. He became a Canadian Citizen in 1955, and moved to Oliver where he fell in love with Nurse Joan Ryan.  They were married in December 1956 in the Chapel of St. Martin's Hospital. He was appointed Vice-Principal of the school in Osoyoos and the Vice-Principal of the Oliver Elementary School. In 1973 Hank was selected as Principal of OES, where he served for the next fifteen years until retiring in 1988.  He inspired and enriched the lives of students which earned him the respect of many. Hank was a man of enormous integrity.

Henry was a consummate gentleman. He was an outdoor enthusiast, and a keen athlete with a deep appreciation for the arts.  His favourite times were spent sharing his passions with his family. He will be dearly missed.

At the  rising of the sun and at its setting,
We remember him.
As long as we live, he too will live
For he is now a part of us,
As we remember him.

He served as a volunteer on the board of the Southern Okanagan Association for Integrated Community Living (SOAICL).   In lieu of flowers, we kindly request that donations may be made to SOAICL (Box138, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0). 

A funeral mass will be celebrated by Fr. Neil Lustado at 11:00 A.M. Friday November 21, 2014 at Christ the King Catholic Church followed by a reception in the church lower hall.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos. 


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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Mark and Audrey Silbernagel
Relation: Friends

Our condolence to the family.

From: Shirley Saunders(Silbernagel)
Relation: friend's dad/teacher from school

I am very sorry for your loss. There really are no words to express my understanding of your sorrow.
May God shine His blessings upon all of you and give you comfort and strength.
I will keep you in my prayers.

Love and blessings,
Shirley Saunders (Silbernagel

From: Mavis Grant
Relation: Know Wife Joan and worked with Daughter in Law Donna

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From: Elizabete /Giovanni /Angela/Blonk
Relation: friends

our condolences to the family .Thinking of you all .HUGS

From: Lloyd Lindsay
Relation: Friend of family

Thinking of the whole Peteresen clan.

From: Walt & Pat Hadikin
Relation: Friends & neighbours

Sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers !!!

From: Sandra Radies
Relation: Friend of Daughters

My sincerest Condolence to the Petersen family..

From: Connie Scott
Relation: Friend of the family

The Scott family is blessed to have known Hank Petersen . His integrity, wit and love of the power of words inspired all of us in incidental ways. He is definitely a man we remember with such respect and we offer love and prayers to the Petersen family as they celebrate his many contributions to this world.

From: Dorothy A Taylor
Relation: CWL member and know Michael

So sorry to hear of your loss Joan and family.
My prayers are with you and yours.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
November 21, 2014
Beginning at 11:00am

Christ the King Catholic Church
6044 Spartan Street
Oliver, BC Canada

A funeral mass will be celebrated by Fr. Neil Lustado at 11:00 A.M. Friday November 21, 2014 at Christ the King Catholic Church.

6044 Spartan Street
Oliver, BC Canada

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