Bjarni Thorleifur Peturson
June 19, 1931 - February 4, 2021
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dad, grandfather, brother, and uncle on Feb.4th, 2021 , at the Selkirk Regional Health Center, with family at his side. He leaves behind to lovingly remember him his daughters Melody Clemons (Lynn) and Karla Weir (Jeff), his grandchildren Janelle Clemons-Welsh (Skyler), Tana and Shyloh, brothers Anton Peterson (Valdine) and Ken Peterson (Arlene), sister Frederica Borys (Al) and many nieces, nephew and friends. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Linda, his son Jonas Martin, in infancy, his parents Thorleifur and Snjolaug, in-laws Jonas and Thura Olafson, sister Lillian Wlosek, sister-in-law Eleanor Peterson, brother-in-law Victor Wlosek, and nephews Troy Tomchuk and Michael Peterson.
Bjarni (Buddy) grew up in Arnes where as a teenager his first job was commercial fishing with his dad. After that he moved to the city and worked for Hall’s Associates learning building and carpentry skills. That led to a construction job in the north building the Dew Line. When that was completed he worked at Advance TV for a while. His next venture brought him back to Lake Winnipeg where he worked as an engineer on the Goldfield Motor Vessel. That experience got him interested in Coast Guard work and he began his training in Thunder Bay and Halifax. After acquiring his Marine Emergencies and Marine Engineering Certificates he started his career in Thunder Bay and in a couple of years transferred to Selkirk where he worked until retirement.
Over the years he learned and excelled at many different jobs. He was a skilled and meticulous carpenter. Repair jobs never fazed him whether it were plumbing, electrical, technological or car maintenance. He was a life -long learner and avid reader, especially of history. He enjoyed the lively book exchange when his sisters visited. He never forgot the Icelandic language of his youth and relished any opportunity to practice it.
After retirement Bjarni had more time to enjoy his violin, especially when his violin-playing friend, Glen, came over to do some country and western fiddling with him. As a youth, Bjarni had learned violin repair and maintenance skills from his violin teacher. He resumed that hobby, which turned into a small business and soon his home was overrun with violins needing repair. He took pleasure in searching ads, garage sales and auctions for old damaged violins and enjoyed restoring and refinishing them to perfection.
Bjarni was a kind, generous person with a wonderful sense of humor. He made the best coffee for his visitors and always looked for something to give them when they left. He was noted for his independent nature and was determined to stay in his apartment and look after himself. He overcame his mobility problem by getting a scooter. This enabled him to do his errands and enjoy the outdoors.
The family wishes to express their appreciations for the excellent nursing care Bjarni received at the Selkirk Regional health Center. Special thanks to Dr. Prematilake and Dr. Koulack (Health Sciences). Their compassion and kindness during this difficult time will always be remembered.
As Bjarni wished, cremation has taken place and the family will hold a private interment ceremony at a later date. Donations in his memory can be made to: The Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1379 Kenaston Blvd., Wpg, R3T2P5, or The Marine Museum, 490 Eveline St., Selkirk, R1A1E6
We will miss you
And always love you, Dad.
Goda Nott Elskan Minn
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