Born July 16, 1927 passed away at Campbell River & District Hospital on May 25, 2005 after a prolonged illness. He is survived by his loving wife Carol, two daughters, Dr. Elisabeth Zoffmann, Vancouver, Susanne Bruneau (Joseph), Campbell River, and one son, Ole Zoffmann (Karen), Port Hardy. Others that will miss him include his stepchildren, Susan Thokle (Glenn), Calgary, Cliff Dorion (Tracie), Williams Lake and his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His daughter, Hanne, predeceased him in 1993.
Sven and his family immigrated to B.C. from Denmark in 1957 where he worked as a foundryman followed by several years at Babine Lake as a welder and millwright. In 1963, Sven started with Elk Falls Mill in Campbell River and worked his way from welder to millwright, to foreman of millwrights, eventually retiring from the position of machine shop supervisor in 1989.
Upon retirement, Sven and Carol became hands-on volunteer consultants for Canadian Executive services Organization (CESO). They travelled extensively, sharing their talents and skills with those less privileged to help start new work opportunities.
He was a capable man who could make almost anything with his hands, from beautiful woodwork to precision lathe work. As a skilled gardener, he had the ability to espalier and graft fruit trees as well as growing lovely flowers and vegetables. Sven also loved to cook, a fact that can be attested to by all his hunting cronies who took part in the annual moose hunt. He was in his glory, setting up the cook tent and making all manner of high cholesterol and calorie laden foods. Another favorite sport was fishing the lakes and ocean, rarely coming home with an empty tub. An avid reader and crib player, Sven enjoyed both activities almost every day.
Many thanks to the doctors and nurses who cared for him over the years.
For those who wish, donations will be gratefully accepted by the Campbell River and District Hospital Foundation.
There will be no service, by request.