BENDT AXEL GERHARDT HOLCK NIELSEN

NIELSEN, Bendt Axel Gerhardt Holck

Bendt Nielsen passed away peacefully at the Summerland Senior’s Village on February 10, 2015, at the age of 89 years. He will be remembered and sadly missed by his family: 2 sons – Carsten (Valorie) of Summerland, Flemming (Anita) of Dawson Creek. 4 grandchildren: Michelle (Kent) Miller, Aaron (Christine), Drew, Adam. 4 Great Grandchildren: Logan, Everett, Jasper, Griffin. Family in Denmark includes brother Ole & sisters Gerda & Kirsten. Predeceased by his brothers Kaj & Mogens. Bendt was born in Odense, Denmark on August 10, 1925 and immigrated with his family to Calgary in 1957. In 1966 he moved to Summerland where he had a small farm and started up a mink ranch. As well, during the next 15 years, he operated as a general building contractor and cabinet maker. He built numerous houses in Summerland as well as the original Thrift Shop on Victoria Rd and the clock tower on Main St (originally above the 5¢ – $1 Store). Trained as a furniture maker in Denmark, he built many pieces of beautiful furniture for his family. After retirement he moved to Vancouver Island for several years before returning to Summerland in 2012. Throughout his life, Bendt enjoyed traveling, sailing, cross-country skiing and hiking. He was a great “story teller” and family dinners were never complete without a few of his adventure stories. For many years he was an active member in his church. A small family gathering will be held to “Celebrate his Life”. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.providencefuneralhomes.com. 250-494-7752

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