Obituary of Olafur Elias Egilsson
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Olafur Elias Egilsson (1931-2022) Iceland / Pictou We the family of Captain Olafur Egilsson are saddened to say that a Heart of Gold stopped beating a month before his 91st birthday. He passed away peacefully at home, as per his wishes, on October 18th. Having left Iceland at the age of 17, he spent most of the next 73 years in Nova Scotia on survey ships, fishing boats and with the Nova Scotia Government as the Supervisor of Nets and Gear Technology at the Pictou Fisheries School. He is survived by the love of his life, wife and dance partner of 66 years, Carola ‘Lola’ nee Boudreau; children, Greg (Brenda), Julie (Blair Battist), Mary Lou (Allan Samson), Michael ‘Chuck’ (September), and Daphne (Scott Leonard); 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Michael Joseph, in infancy; his adopted brother, Rafn Josefsson; and his siblings in Iceland, Jón, Þórður, Guðrún, Bjarni, Ásgrímur, Guðmundur, Ingibjǫrg, and a sister in infancy. A teacher, mentor and friend to all he met. The sea was in his blood and he never ventured far from the waves. In his retirement he enjoyed winters spent in Florida. Cremation has taken place. Interment will take place at Star of the Sea Cemetery in Petit de Grat at a later date. Words cannot express our family’s gratitude to Dr. Omoifo, the Pictou County Palliative Care Society, the Victorian Order of Nurses, Continuing Care, and to all who provided excellent care to our dear father. Angels do walk among us.