Kjell Edvin Knudsen (Kelly) passed away Nov. 26, 2010.
Kelly was born in Mandal, Norway, Sept. 23, 1939.
Kelly and his family came to Vancouver from Norway when he was 18 years old. Kelly was a jack of all trades and first of all a water rat. He was a sailor for four years and sailed to many parts of the world experiencing many different cultures and races.
For years Kelly was a beach comber on his boat named Shannon-bell.
He got to know every nook and cranny along the coastline.
He spent a few years in Whitehorse, working in a lumber yard and also cared for and trained horses for shows. He was a mechanic in Quesnel through the years. Kelly was a down to earth kind of guy who loved fishing, hunting and tipping back a few brews. He talked about places and people he met during his journeys. He lived on his second boat Tyee Bay in Bella Coola for 6 years. Kelly loved the people he got to know there and spoke fondly about the Bella-Coolins’. The later years he spent in Quesnel enjoying life with his good friends and family.
Kelly was predeceased by his mother, Martha father, Tom, brother, Arne Tom (Gloria) and his son Karl Knudsen.
He is survived by his son Kris (Bev, Charleen & Trevor), brother Eddie Gunnar (Yolanda), sister Liv-Sonja (Gord) Johnston, his grandson Thomas (Cathy) and his neices and nephews in Canada and Norway. His childhood friend Ivar Skoie in Mandal, Norway whom he was always in contact with.
His caring ex-wife Joan (Brian & Patty) and very good friends Lorne and Linda Ketch, Al and Marleen Moony who named a son after him. Who all went out of their way to help him. His sister Sonja also named one of her sons after Kjell, because he was loved.
Kelly was proud to be a Norwegian, but closest to his heart was Canada and most definitely BC.
A special thank you to the doctors and nurses at Baker Memorial Hospital and to the kind nurses at Dunrovin Palliative Care.
A thank you to close friends, neighbours and family who did their best to aid Kelly until the end
He will be missed dearly.
R.I.P. Kelly(UFF DA!)