“Papa Fingie

Karl Haglund.jpgKarl Fingal Haglund.passed away peacefully on September 17, 2004 at Victoria General Hospital. He is survived by Sarah Mae, his beloved wife of 59 years, son Robert, daughter-in-law Diane, granddaughter Jane, a sister Maj (Helmbrandt) of Sweden and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents Carl and Emma (née Carlsson) and by brothers Arthur, Arnold and Birger and by sisters Emma (Sandberg), Abela (Oscarson) and Gunda (Lindstrom) all of Sweden.

Fingal was born in Konga, Sweden on August 27, 1902. He immigrated to Manitoba in 1930. While working at Midwest Aircraft in Winnipeg he met Mae Wood. They were married April 28, 1945 at Mae’s parents’ home in Darlingford.  Fingal had purchased 78 Home Street in late 1944 and this would remain the family home until 1992 when the couple moved to Lion’s Place.  Following his marriage Fingal worked with Canadian National Railway until his retirement in 1967.

In 1962 he and Mae purchased a cottage at Red Rock Lake. The landscape of the Whiteshell is much like the area around Konga.  Life at “Fingal’s Cave”, fishing, picking blueberries and walking in the bush, gave much joy to Fingal for twenty-five years.  In late retirement he and Mae fell in love with Hawaii and spent seventeen winter vacations there.  Fingal was blessed with remarkable health.  He actively cycled and walked until his mid 90’s.  In recent years he accepted the rigours of advanced age with courage and grace. He is sadly missed.

The family would like to thank the staff team of ward 4 North, Victoria General Hospital, for their compassionate care and caring for Fingal during this past month.

In lieu of flowers friends who wish are invited to make donations to the Victoria General Hospital Foundation or the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2004 at 1:30 p.m. at the Darlingford Cemetery, Karen Tjaden officiating.  A reception will follow at Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden in care of arrangements.

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