Smidesang Family on April 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm Johan passed away the second Day of Easter, April 9, 2012. His passing into freedom was swift, and from reading his face he went peacefully. He had been having some struggles since Christmas, some days were more difficult than others, but he was like a bird in a cage, and longed for the freedom his dementia did not allow him any longer. He tried the doors and windows, and as his daughters said “Dad now got his way, he could not leave through either doors or windows, but he still got his way, he is now free. “ Johan picked a beautiful sunny day to depart; he was just in time for spring, to be able to do his walks outside the jails of his mind. We have chosen to have a Celebration of his life at home, because Inga, his wife of over 50 years wants family and friends to gather at a place he was familiar, since the last 3 months he was unable to stay in his home. He lived a long and good life. He grew up on a farm in Norway, in a large family of 12, mom, dad, and 10 kids him included. Early on he left home, to go to school, and later he went to Canada, eventually returning to Norway to take over one of his father’s sawmills. He took it from barely making it to a thriving business, one of the few that still is doing well in Norway today. While in Canada he tested his wings eventually becoming a Ski jumping Champion. Johan returned to Canada in 1980, never really settling back in in Norway, he had tasted the freedom that Canada had to offer him. He always liked to feel free, regarding boundaries to both country and politics, so for him having disease hamper his freedom, was very tough on him, so today we are joined in the celebration that he again is free. His spirit is now without boundaries of any kind. He has finally attained the ultimate freedom. We shall all one day meet again. Gone Away © Diana Blokzyl An Angel whispered take my hand and come with me you’re work here is done. I went away to a place where there’s no tears, nor sorrow only laughter and smiles, there will always be a Tomorrow. As I move amongst the clouds. I’ll look down and smile upon you, while the angels sing a heavenly song. I am not alone all who went before are here they awaited my return. I know you’ll grieve and wish I was still here I am here in the memories you hold dear. Remember how much I love you and know I took your love with me. I did not wish for you to cry, nor feel sad. My pain is gone and I am Free! Soon you’ll come to me until then God will be with you Just as He’s with me.