Albert John “Al” Finnsson

Passed away peacefully on January 5, 2005 with “Din”, his wife of 58 years, by his side. Te Amo. Al was born in Saskatoon SK in 1923 and spent his early years in Mozart SK, where his father was a storekeeper and managed the local wheat pool. On the passing of his father, John Finnur Finnsson, his mother moved Al and his younger brother John to Winnipeg for a brief time before settling in Vancouver. Al began his career in telecommunications in the Canadian Army during WWII in Gander, Newfoundland. He soon went to work for the B.C. Telephone Company, from which he retired in Kelowna in 1985. Many of BC Tel’s best and brightest were helped along their way by his selfless mentoring and insight. A keen interest in architecture had Al designing and building houses for his family throughout his life. Never satisfied with the ordinary, his unique designs, eye for the unusual, and flair for a fine finish were a testimony to his creative side. Pre-deceased by his father John Finnur Finnsson, stepfather Olafur W. (Ole) Jonsson, mother Kristolena Jonsson (nee Haldorson), and younger brother John Finnsson. Al leaves behind his loving wife Janet, daughter Kristal Polley (Kit), of Kelowna, grandson Shawn Polley (Shelley) and great-grandson Cooper Polley of Calgary, granddaughters Kristine Polley and Sarah Polley of Kelowna, son Alec Finnsson (Joan) of Mission, and grandchildren Nils Finnsson (Zolynne) of Vancouver, Erica Finnsson of Whistler and Kristen Finnsson of Chilliwack. No service by request, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. “When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little, but not too long and not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we all shared, miss me but let me go.”

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