March 31, 1929 – May 13, 2021
Eric Rorstrom was born on the 31st of March 1929 in Blairmore, Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada.
He passed away on the 13th of May 2021, at the age of 92 in Mission, BC, Canada. His father was Erik Holger Rorstrom, born in Helsingør, Frederiksborg, Denmark. His mother was Valborg Mathilde Andersen, born in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Eric Rorstrom had five siblings. The first Erik Josef Karl Rorstrom, the second Grethe ‘Greta’ Rorstrom, the third Valborg Mathilde ‘Elsa’ Rorstrom (Eric’s twin sister), the fourth Lilli ‘Lily’ Rorstrom and a fifth Carl John Rorstrom. The above siblings have passed away.
Nieces and nephews now mourn him. Among these are Elin Rorstrom Hansen, daughter of Eric’s father’s brother and Kristy Ann Saunders, Eric’s sister Elsa’s granddaughter.
Eric was married to Gladys May (nee Tutty) De Hamel for 53 years, (Gladys passed away in 2014). Gladys had 7 children, the eldest Gilbert John De Hamel, the second Gladys Orilda (nee De Hamel) Gieser, the third Kinley Major De Hamel (who is now deceased), the fourth George Anthony De Hamel (now deceased), the fifth Jimmy Raymond De Hamel, the sixth Nancy Adele De Hamel and the seventh Robert Francis De Hamel (now deceased).
The remaining four mourn him as well as do the 25 grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Eric Rorstrom served 35 years in the RCAF and 10 years in the DND as a civilian. After, he joined the Canadian Air Force Association, where he and his wife Gladys were long standing members and volunteered much of their time. They had a lifelong membership with the Good Sam’s Club, where they traveled and camped across Canada and in the USA.
Eric also traveled extensively in Europe and elsewhere in the world. Eric loved reading, he did leather work, other artistic hobbies and gardening. He enjoyed many sports, in particular playing golf was a passion for him and Gladys. They always loved doing things together.
Eric was a happy, hard working and caring person. He helped and inspired many people. He has been and will continue to be, a wonderful role model. All who have known him will miss him and remember him forever.
Thank you sincerely for sharing our sorrow.
Your thoughtfulness is appreciated and will always be remembered.
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