Poul B. Christensen passed away in his sleep at Crossroads Hospice, Port Moody, B.C., on August 2, 2011. Much loved, Poul B. of New Westminster, B.C. will be missed by his wife Dyveke of 67 years of marriage; his son Rolf (Roy) and wife Vita of Ottawa; his son Jarl (Earl) and wife Tarja of New Westminster; his brother John of Valby, Denmark; in addition to the rest of the family and his many friends and acquaintances.
Poul B. Christensen was born in Copenhagen on January 22, 1921. He apprenticed in Sakskøbing and later attended business school in Copenhagen. In his youth he was an avid rower and won a couple of Danish championships. On April 1, 1944, he married Dyveke Buschardt of Sakskøbing in Frederiksberg Church. He spent the years 1947-50 in South Africa. In March 1957 he immigrated to Canada, settling in Vancouver with his wife and two sons. He worked for several other companies before in 1968 establishing in Vancouver his own company C. Stockforms Ltd., selling business forms.
Over the years Poul B. was actively involved in numerous community organizations where he played a major role, often as chairman or president – or co-founder. He was co-founder and the first president of The Danish Community Centre of Vancouver. While he was president, the Community Centre bought Hastings Auditorium. He was co-founder of The Federation of Danish Associations in Canada; he chaired the Danish Federation’s founding meeting and the following 19 annual general meetings. He was president of the Danish Federation’s Pacific Region for 25 years. He was president of the Church Council of the Danish Lutheran Church in Vancouver/Burnaby from 1983 to 1987. The Danish Lutheran Church on 19th Avenue was sold and the new church near Dania was consecrated in October 1984. He was president of Dania Home from 1993 to 1997. In addition to the many Danish organizations he was active in, such as the Danish Brotherhood in America, Lodge 328, where he was District President in 1979, he was a registered parliamentarian, and served as president of a couple of condo owners associations. Being active in the community was in his blood.
The service to celebrate his life takes place at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street, Burnaby, on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Crossroads Hospice Society, P.O. Box 1072, Coquitlam, B.C. V3J 6Z4, or a charity of your choice, would be very much appreciated. Ære være hans minde!