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Axel Larsen

Axel Steen Larsen

Friday, January 17th, 1947 - Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
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Larsen, Axel –

Passed away peacefully, with his family by his side at Hospice Wellington, Guelph, on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

He will be dearly missed by his siblings, wife, Anne, four children: Gwen (Jeff), Beth (Ryan), Paul, Jeff (Lauren), and friends. He would have dearly loved more excitement with his beloved grandchildren: Abbie, Tristan, Isaac, Greta, Mae, Ruth, George, and Charlie. Axel leaves a legacy of wisdom, humility, perseverance, passion and a quiet faith.

Axel was the son of Ruth Pedersen and Paul Erik Rasmussen, born in Odense, Denmark on January 17, 1947. He moved to Canada at nine years of age with his loving Mother, Ruth, stepfather Hans, and brother Erik. They settled in Atikokan, Ontario where Hans and Ruth had four more children: Lars, Shirley, Alex, and Karen. Growing up Axel worked hard to learn English and enjoyed many activities: scouts, canoeing, fishing, tennis and curling.

Axel soon excelled academically, particularly in Mathematics. By Grade 13, he was an Ontario Scholar and was accepted into Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. While there, he played varsity tennis and curling. He also met, and upon graduation, married, Anne.

Axel’s career began with Inglis Appliance Company in Stoney Creek and later joined the Engineering Department at Fiberglass Canada in Guelph, in 1974. Axel thrived on challenge, completing his M.B.A. at McMaster, while working full time and helping to raise his family. He became Production Manager at Owen's Corning Canada, working on various challenging, innovative projects. Axel was loyal, generous, organized, and highly principled. He turned down several promotion opportunities in the U.S. wanting to remain in Canada, and retired at 57 years of age.

Axel loved coaching Paul and Jeff’s baseball. For relaxation, he loved canoeing, and fly fishing, especially for Gaspe salmon. He enjoyed playing competitive tennis, and curled, at the Provincial and National level. Upon retirement Axel began golf.

The family will receive friends at the Gilbert Macintyre Funeral Home on 1099 Gordon St. Guelph 1099 Gordon St. on Thursday, June 27, 2019 form 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. As an expression of sympathy, in Axel’s memory, a donation to Wellington Hospice at www.hospicewellington.org or Grand River Regional Cancer Centre in Kitchener www.grhosp.on.ca would be appreciated. Donation cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 27th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Thursday, June 27th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Hart Chapel
    Address
    1099 Gordon St
    Guelph, Ontario N1G 4X9
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, June 27th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Thursday, June 27th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Hart Chapel
    Address
    1099 Gordon St
    Guelph, Ontario N1G 4X9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Memorial Service

    Friday, June 28th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Friday, June 28th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    Hart Chapel
    Address
    1099 Gordon St
    Guelph, Ontario N1G 4X9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Father Vernon Boyd
  • Reception

    Friday, June 28th, 2019 |
    When
    Friday, June 28th, 2019
    Location
    Hart Fellowship Lounge
    Address
    1099 Gordon St
    Guelph, Ontario N1G 4X9
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gwendutrizac@gmail.com

Posted at 07:52pm
One of my favorite memories of dad was his offer to keep my diary in his dresser drawer so no one in the family would read it. I really trusted my dad and knew he had my back always.
JM

Jim Malyk

Posted at 11:21am
So sorry for your loss, and that we cannot be there for you at this time. My memories of Axel mainly involve curling, of course. I'll not forget how thrilled (and nervous) I was the first time Axel asked me to spare on his team, nor how much I enjoyed it.
 
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ealarsen12@gmail.com Posted at 08:05pm

Yes, he loved to curl. It was his second home.
TN

Tom Nolan

Posted at 09:09am
Anne and family - our sincere condolences. We regret we cannot be with you today - but please know you are in our thoughts and our prayers. Marilyn & Tom Nolan
 
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ealarsen12@gmail.com Posted at 08:03pm

Thanks Marilyn and Tom.
JP

Joanne Pucchio

Posted at 08:31pm
Hello Anne, I was saddened to read about the passing of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you navigate this difficult time. Joanne Pucchio (Tonin).
 
E

ealarsen12@gmail.com Posted at 08:04pm

Thank you Joanne. It sure is hard.
HS

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Posted at 04:14pm
We are truly heartbroken for the loss of our brother Axel ...wishing we were there to say our goodbyes love Erik Lars Shirley Alex and Karen
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