July 10, 2021
In loving memory ~ Terrance (Terry) Thorvald Peter Egeli of Courtenay, B.C., 71 years, passed on July 10, 2021.
Terry was born in Powell River, B.C. in 1950 to Pedar and Yvonne Egeli. He was the first of their two children, and is survived by his younger brother Donald (Don) Egeli.
He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Paulette Egeli, and they spent those years driving back roads and walking on beaches rockhounding together.
He is survived by his daughter, Nadine Turner, and her children, Troy, Tye, and Shane from his first marriage to Brenda Turner as a young man. Terry was the great grandfather of Ryeka, Troy’s child.
He is survived by his second wife, Gloria. They lived on Haida Gwaii, where they raised her daughter Keturah, from Gloria’s first marriage, and their biological children Bahiyyih and Anisa.
He leaves behind Keturah Walton, her spouse Adrian, and his two grandchildren, Einya and Anaya.
He also leaves behind Bahiyyih Egeli and spouse Chase; Anisa Egeli and partner Kalin.
Terry was a man of few words, but he loved his “girls” and family.
Terry had extended family in Canada and Norway. This resulted in a resourceful man who was a good carpenter (taught by his father). He built a house for his family in Masset. He was also a man who, having been taught cooking by his French Canadian mother Yvonne, could make a mean cherry pie.
Terry worked in various positions (including pest control and logging) but worked his way up to being a licensed electrician with high security clearance, and held that position in Masset and then the Comox military base.
He also participated in extensive volunteer work, including as a firefighter for Masset, as a member of the Lion’s Club Masset branch, and as a St. John’s Ambulance paramedic in Courtenay, BC.
In Masset he became the president of the rock and mineral club on the base, and became familiar with Haida Gwaii minerals, especially agates. He held office in our local rock and gem club as a wagon master (trip leader).
Terry was a member of the Baha’i Faith for most of his adult life. It continued to form the basis of his world view.
When he was a young father, he loved giving dad hugs, adventuring in the wilderness (including camping and fishing), computer programming as a hobby, being silly with his kids, and tinkering and fixing things. Most recently, he was a lapidarist, cutting, shaping and polishing stones we found in our wanderings.
There will be a memorial service in early September, barring COVID restrictions. Please contact Toneff Funeral Services in Courtenay at 1-250-338-4463 for further updates and details.
Condolences may be offered at www.telfordtoneffboyd.ca
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