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