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Swannie Larsen

On July 14th, Bob Hall forwarded Swannie's biography to your webmaster. Swannie writes:

Bio - Swannie (Svannhild) Larsen (Titterton)

My Dad (1913-2010) escaped from German-occupied Norway to the Shetland Islands in 1941. He joined the clandestine Shetland Bus organization and served with it for the duration of the war. He and my English Mother (1912-1994) met and married in London and returned to the Shetlands where I was born.

After the war we lived in Norway for three years where my sister Pat (Oak Bay Grad 1966) was born. The four of us immigrated to Canada in 1948 and lived in Burnaby and Port Alberni before moving to Oak Bay in 1959. I completed grades 8 and 9 at Oak Bay Junior then moved on to Oak Bay High at the start of grade 10. Following graduation I worked in home furnishings sales at Eaton's, Woodward's and Standard Furniture.

David (a Mt. Douglas Grad but a good guy all the same) and I were married in 1965 and have one son, Paul, who now has two kids of his own. I stayed at home until Paul started school then joined the Bank of Montreal where I stayed until retirement in 1998.

David's work had a social component which allowed us to come into contact with all kinds of interesting characters. We love to travel and have seen many interesting places over the years.

Aboard London Eye

Our great joy and favourite pastime now is spending time in the company of our two grandchildren, Larsen (7) and Lily (3). They are a pair of clowns as seen in the photo. When not chasing grandchildren I enjoy tennis, cooking (hate cleaning up) and gardening.

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