Kristjan Raymond Oleson
Surrounded by his loving family, Kris passed away on November 14, 2018 after a long and challenging journey with several medical conditions including Vascular Dementia, Lyme’s disease and Polymyalgia Rheumatica.
On March 28, 1939 Kristjan Raymond was born in Riverton, Manitoba, a very Icelandic community with which Kris maintained a lifelong connection and passion. Exploring his Icelandic Roots, visiting friends and listening to the music of his beloved Interlake heritage was always a favorite pastime consuming endless hours in retirement; supplemented, of course, by his new modern age love and preoccupation– the computer.
Survived by his wife of 55 years Joanne, son Trevor (Yvette), daughter Krystal (Barry), grandchildren Heather, Jesse & James. Brothers Dennis (Nukte), Brian (Joanne), Fred (Elaine), Sister Trygvine, many nieces, nephews & cousins and his special fairy god-children Mike and Shauna. Predeceased by his parents Kari and Emily, brother Maurice, brother-in-law Jim, mother-in-law Martha.
Kris was first employed at TC Eaton’s company in the drapery department. In 1957 he joined the CN Telegraphs. In 1964 he joined Manitoba Telephone Company where he remained until he left Manitoba and came to BC to work for BC Telephones. In 1992 he transferred to Golden. He loved his job as a cable splicer. He always said “People pay big bucks to come to see where I work because it is so beautiful”. In 1998 he took early retirement and returned to Kamloops where he renewed old friendships and made many more friends.
Kris found sobriety and a power greater than himself in 1972 as a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. His journey through AA gave him a sense of purpose and with that purpose he helped many people find sobriety and healing.
Special thanks to his friend John who faithfully visited Kris weekly right up until the end. Kris looked forward to his visits and their talks about many common friends they knew with the CNR. Thanks also to Dr. Ward from Hillside, Dr. Wynn and the staff at the Kamloops Senior Village who did an amazing job of caring for him in this last part of his life.
At his request there will be no service. A get together will be held in Manitoba this summer.Print This Obituary & Condolences