Ivan Togi Hartson
August 04, 1915 – March 21, 2010
Ivan was born in Skog, Sweden and passed away at Talarico Place in Castlegar,B.C. at the age of 94. He came to Canada at age 3, with his parents Carl and Alma
(nee Larson), brothers, Lars, Carl, Alan and sister Esther.
Ivan grew up in Edmonton AB, and on a homestead near Prince George B.C. In his early 20’s he lived in the Northwest
Territories and Yellowknife, working in the mines as a wood cutter supplying timbers and firewood to the mines. He married Ida Bauder in 1947 and they subsequently moved to the Nelson area and in 1954 the family moved to
Castlegar. On arrival to the Kootenays Ivan worked in the mines as a Drill Doctor (mechanic of air driven equipment). His work in the construction industry began with the
construction project on the Waneta Dam,
working as a Drill Doctor, which is the trade that he continued working on up until his retirement in 1979. Ivan married Kay Kalak in 1979, living in Castlegar for 10 years, and then
moved to Vernon until 2001 when they returned to Castlegar, moving to Castlewood Village in 2001 and his final three years at Talarico Place. The greatest pleasures for Ivan were spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, camping, traveling and playing cards. He also enjoyed entertaining his friends by singing, and playing the harmonica and guitar. Ivan will be missed by many for his positive outlook on life, quiet demeanor, ingenuity and hard work.
Ivan is survived by son Dwayne(Lorraine) of Castlegar, and daughter Crystal(Rick) Halhead of Calgary, step-daughters Joyce and Doris, step-daughter-in-law Helen, grandchildren Lorne, Shannon, Rebecca, Sarah and Kris(Lorraine).
Ivan was predeceased by his first wife Ida Hartson, second wife Kay Hartson, son Lorne Hartson, granddaughter Erin Hartson, step-daughter Louise Wade, and step-son Doug Kulak. The family sincerely thanks all the dedicated staff
at Talarico Place and Castlewood Village for all their wonderful support, kindness and care they showed Ivan over the last years of his life.
A special thanks to the community Health
Workers and the Home and Community staff, angels indeed, ladies going above and beyond the call of duty, keeping Ivan in his home environmentfor as long as possible. Thank you also to Dr.
K. Merritt and Dr. Larocque, Ivan’s doctors.
A private ceremony and farewell
celebration will be held with the family at a later date.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Talarico Place
or the Alzheimer Society of Canada.