March 20, 1935 – January 29, 2020
at the age of 84 years
Celebration of Life will be held March 7, 2020 @ 1 PM at Fischer’s Funeral Services, 4060 1 Ave SW Salmon Arm BC V1E 2Y9
Albin Glen Nelson (known as “Toby” since two weeks old), passed away with his family by his side on January 29, 2020 at Shuswap Lake General Hospital just short of his 85 birthday.
Toby was born in 1935 in Trail, B.C. to Atle and Bertha, second eldest of six sons. He lived his younger years helping the family establish their logging and sawmill business (Atco Lumber). He drove logging truck, then long haul petroleum products for Trimble, Trimac, Inland Tanker, and Valley West Transport. Driving truck left no family time on weekends so at age 36, he went back to school, completed grade 11 and 12 in one year, and 4 years University to obtain his Bachelor of Education degree. He then taught Technical Studies (Shop Courses) for 24 ½ years for grades 8 through 12 at Kitsilano Secondary School.
Toby was very community minded and volunteered as a Wolf Pack Cub Master, Auxiliary Police Officer, Citizen’s Patrol Maintenance Director at Cedar Heights, and collected aluminum, with proceeds for the Shriner’s Patient Transportation Program. His greatest passion was spending time with family, traveling, exploring other countries, watching hockey games, fishing, camping, and creating wood projects. He was also well known as “Mr. Talker” and always enjoyed telling jokes. He felt there was so much sadness and strife in the world, everyone needed some humor in their life.
He married Norma Jean Heighton in 1958 and spent his 62 anniversary the Saturday after suffering a stroke. They were blessed with two sons, Robert Glen, and Gerald Brent.
He was predeceased by his parents Bertha Mae, and Atle Sidnon, brothers Gilbert, Atle, Richard, and son Robert.
He leaves his wife Norma Jean, son Brent (Brenda) daughter-in-law Barb, grandchildren Savannah and Connor, brothers Albert (Carol), Ted(Lori), brother-in-law Ernie Heighton (Joan), sister-in-law Sandra Reed (Gerald), and many nieces and nephews.
A special thank you from the family to Dr A. Heunis, Ambulance Paramedics, First Responders, emergency staff and the staff on second and fourth floor of Shuswap Lake General Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to the Salmon Arm Masonic Medical Care Car Service. C/O Salmon Arm Masonic Lodge #52, P.O. Box 544 Salmon Arm, B.C. V1E 4N7.
Celebration of Life will be held March 7, 2020 @ 1PM at Fischer’s Funeral Services, 4060 1 Ave SW Salmon Arm BC V1E 2Y9
Blessings and condolences to Norma and family, much love,
Jennie and Arnie Anderson
Norma and Family – We are sorry to hear about Toby passing . I would get the opportunity to talk with Toby as he called Albert and Carol routinely. It was great to see how much time Albert and Toby spent on the phone together. Keeping all the memories and family close.
Norma and Brent – our sincere condolences to you and your families. We will miss Toby and his optimistic smiling presence. A man of MANY talents, great stories and a giving heart. Bless you all as you come to terms with your loss.
Toby will be missed by many….always a true gentleman and always there to lend a helping hand.
Gone but never to be forgotten.
I was so sorry to read about Toby passing in the paper today . My thoughts are with you and your family. Margaret Lichtenegger