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Niels Larsen

1953 - 2010

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It is with great love and sadness that we announce the passing of Niels Larsen. Niels died the morning of February 20, 2010 at his home in Carman, Manitoba with Chris, the love of his life and his favourite nurse, at his side.

Niels leaves to cherish his memory his life partner, Chris, his children Benjamin (Robyn) and Mie (Neil), and his beloved grandchildren Zennen, Liam, Lennox and Bryce. He is remembered with love by his parents Birthe and Johannes, his siblings Bodil (Erik), Jens (Lene), Inger (Niels), Brita (Hans Jorgen), Martin (Mus) and Anna (Niels Kristian) and his many nieces and nephews in Denmark. He will be sadly missed by Chris’s parents Alex and Pam Stow, sisters Mary (Scott), Lisa and Janet (Gord), brother Paul, and their children.

Niels was born in Mogenstrup, Denmark, to Birthe and Johannes Larsen and grew up in a warm and happy family. His ties with his family have remained strong, and last summer, Niels and Chris joined them in Denmark for a wonderful celebration of their parents’ 65th wedding anniversary.

In 1972, Chris visited Denmark as an exchange student where she met Niels. In 1973, Niels paid a return visit as an exchange student and worked on the Stow family farm. Niels fell in love with both Chris and Canada, decided to make Canada home, and Niels and Chris were married in 1975. Niels apprenticed as a welder in Denmark, and worked in that trade in 1974 in Brandon while Chris studied nursing. In 1975, they moved to Alberta, where Chris practiced as a psychiatric nurse, and Niels continued with his welding career. In 1976, they came back home to start Larsen’s Welding in Carman, where Niels worked incessantly for four years to make enough money to realize his dream – a down payment on a farm of their own. In 1980 they put in their first crop, and since that time Niels was able to do what he loved to do – farm the land. He was an innovator, and had no fear when it came to trying out new ways of doing things. His neighbouring farmers didn’t need a calendar – they knew spring was here by the sight of Niels’s tractor out in the field.

Niels and Chris welcomed Benjamin to the family in 1978, and Mie in 1980. With a door that was always open, they hosted 20 kids from Denmark over 20 years to work on the farm and experience life in Canada. They were delighted to welcome their grandchildren, Benjamin and Robyn’s children Zennen, Liam and little Lennox and Bryce to the family, and the grandchildren very quickly became the light of Niels’s life.

Niels will be very much missed by his many friends and farming buddies, with whom he shared great times and great stories. In his more recent years, Niels discovered an enjoyment of fishing that surprised even him, and a particularly special “kindred spirit” in his fishing buddy George.

A tribute to Niels will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Carman

Community Hall. Interment will take place in the Graysville Cemetery at a later date. If friends so desire, donations in lieu

of flowers may be made to Boundary Trails Cancer Care, Box 2000, Main Station, Winkler MB R6W 1H8, or the Carman Area Foundation, Box 160, Carman, MB R0G 0J0.

Niels was his own man – he did things on his own terms and left this life feeling that he had always been able to do the things he wanted to do with no regrets. He was proud of the life that he had built with his family, farm and friends. He was dearly loved, and will forever live in the hearts and minds of those who love him.

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