Four Generations of Devoted Service
In the Selkirk area and Interlake Since 1935
Thorsteinn Wallace (Wally) Eyolfson
With sorrow the family of Thorsteinn Wallace (Wally) Eyolfson of Riverton, Manitoba announces his passing at his home on March 7, 2018.
Wally leaves to mourn his wife Dorothy and sons Rick (Shirley), Brian (Susie), Steven (Sandra) and daughter Colleen (Robert Gergatz); grandchildren Arlen (Robin)-Kya and baby to be; Richelle (Blair Triska)- Ryder and Kiersten; Brett (Kristyn)-Madden, Deklen and Keltie; Christopher (Aubrey)-Teagan, Piper and Freyja; Jackie (Tim Horvat)-Chayse and Kylie; Damon Bostrom (Natasha)-Daniel and Joshua; Michelle Bostrom (Marc Leveque)-Tristan and Maya; Brady (Hayley)-Kashton and Rylynn; Quinn (Amber)- Caelyn, Layne and Colton; Jody- Zachary and Kenzie; Cristy (Rusty Johannson)-Hayden, Eiki and Harlyn and Amber (Terrance Mowat). In total that is 26 and 7/8 great-grandchildren! He also leaves to mourn sisters Val (late Roy Taylor), Helen (late Sam Sigurdson) and Barbara (late Robert Magnusson) as well as best friend Charlie Ostertag and nephew Wayne Hodgson as well as many relatives and friends.
Predeceased by his parents Stefán and Guðrún (Austmann) Eyjólfsson and sisters Irene (late Tom Hodgson) and Jona.
Wally was born at the homestead of Akranes in Riverton, Manitoba on January 12, 1929. He was raised and schooled in Riverton and later he attended the Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, apprenticed as an electrician in Winnipeg and subsequently worked as a contractor in the Winnipeg, Gimli, the Power Generating Stations in northern Manitoba and on the DEW line in the Northwest Territories.
On September 28, 1951 he married Dorothy May Page of Hnausa Manitoba and they resided in Winnipeg, Gimli, Duluth and Chicago prior to returning to Riverton in 1963 and building their home on the banks of the Icelandic River at “Holi” not far from where Wally was born. This is where they raised their family.
The latter 14 years saw Wally employed at Hecla Provincial Park where he was electrician, plumber and ‘jack of all trades’. Through the course of these years he also farmed at Riverton. He retired from Hecla in 1991.
Wally liked to be busy and he always was on hand to build whatever his children and grandchildren wanted built. He loved carpentry and his family could count on him for help and suggestions as to the best way to do things. Wally had a dry sense of humor which he often used to get his point across (and also get his own way). He loved a lively debate and whatever was said he felt his opinion was the correct one. “Okay Dad “was the right answer.
Wally loved his regular boat rides down to the mouth of the Icelandic River with his favorite beverage. Likewise he was very particular about maintaining his yard while sipping on his favorite beverage or fixing just about anything in his garage with his favorite beverage in hand. Dad liked his beverages!
When Rick and Brian owned firstly the cottage at Paint Point and then Bennett Lake Lodge in Northern Manitoba, Wally loved to fly out and fix whatever and then hunt and fish to his heart’s content.
Family always came first to Wally and he was very proud of his three sons and daughter and loved them unconditionally. He instilled a work ethic in them and was proud of their accomplishments. They were the focus of his life and they will miss him dearly.
At Wally’s request no formal service will be held and a private family burial will be held at a later date. If friends desire donations may be made to the Riverton-Hnausa Lutheran Church, Box 149, Riverton, Mb R0C 2R0.