August 12, 1934 – May 5, 2022
In Loving Memory ~
It is with profound sadness that we share the passing of a wonderful husband, amazing father, incredibly loving grandfather, a newly blessed great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Herman was fondly known as Torgy, by all that knew and loved him. Torgy will be forever loved and remembered by his wife of 64 years Erika and daughter Lisa (David). He will also be dearly missed by his grandchildren Christina (Eric), Courtney (Brett), Cyleigh, Kolten, and his brand new great granddaughter Stella. Torgy will also be remembered by his brothers Tom (Jean), Don (Tina), and many nephews and nieces. Torgy was predeceased by his daughters Susanne and Caroline, sisters Phyllis and Marion, and his parents Conrad and Julia.
Torgy was born and raised in Naicam Saskatchewan. “Naicam where they make em!” This was always something that he took great pride in telling people. In 1953 he joined the RCAF at the age of 19. He was then posted to 442 fighter squadron at RCAF Station Sea Island, then to RCAF 2 Wing Grostenquin. It was during this posting that he met and wed his beautiful bride, Erika in 1957. They were then posted to RCAF Sea Island, CFB Comox, RCAF 1 Wing France, CFB Lahr Germany and finally CFB Cold Lake Alberta with 434 Squadron. Torgy had the pleasure and honour of working on some amazing aircraft, and many of which do not exist anymore! The Vampire, Mustang, Harvard, Sabre, Canuck, Canso, Albatross, Expeditor, Dakota, T-Bird, H-21 Piasecki, Labrador, F-104 and the F-5 fighter jets. During his posting in CFB Cold Lake, he also worked part time as the bar manager at Club 41. It was an iconic pub/nightclub with amazing live musicians.
He had great stories to tell about booking Ian Tyson and many other famous Canadian artists! Torgy retired from active duty in 1981 and moved to Comox with his wife Erika and daughter Lisa. In 1982 – 1983 he worked in Venezuela for Canadair, as a Service Rep on the F-5. Then in 1985 – 1998 Torgy and Erika returned to Cold Lake where he worked as a civilian, to once again manage Club 41 and the Junior Ranks Club.
In 1998 he finally retired for good at the age of 63 and moved back to Comox with his wife Erika. These were the days that he could spend time with his buddies fishing, the occasional visit to The Wing or Comox Legion, countless hours volunteering at the Comox Air Museum, giving to his community with the Knights of Columbus, and enjoying his retirement walking the beaches with his beloved wife Erika and the many sweet dogs that they had throughout the years. Most of all, Torgy cherished every moment that he spent with his precious grandchildren. They were the absolute light of his life. We will raise a glass of your favourite scotch on your upcoming 88th birthday Dad. Love you forever and always.
Memorial donations may be made in Torgy Torgerson’s name to Parkinson Society British Columbia. Online at www.parkinson.bc.ca.
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