It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Hans Cato Larsen.
Born in Montreal, Quebec on November 27, 1933. He was the oldest of two siblings. Sister Joan came five years later.
In May 1938, Cato, his mom Dorthea and sister Joan travelled to Denmark by ship to visit his maternal grandmother. During that stay, WWII broke out and the three were separated from Cato’s father for nine years, who remained in Canada. The family was reunited in the fall of 1947.
Halfway through Grade 10, Cato quit school and joined the RCAF in 1952 as an Aeroengine Technician. He lived in Trenton, France, North Bay and Cold Lake before meeting his bride Olga in Edmonton at a hotel dining room just before Christmas 1959. Ollie had a 10-year old son from a previous marriage Terry whom Cato adopted. Cato and Ollie wed on June 17, 1960.
The new family moved back to Cold Lake before being transferred to #4(F) Wing Baden-Baden, Germany, which was ideal for visiting Ollie’s German relatives and Cato’s to the north in Denmark.
Daughter Donna Marie was adopted April 6, 1965 as a four-month old baby.
Son Terry died in a swimming pool accident at CFB Baden-Baden at the age of 15.
After four years in Germany, Cato was posted to CFB Southport in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba where they spent almost 10 years.
Son Douglas was adopted in Edmonton in 1970.
After Portage, the Larsens were reposted to Cold Lake where Cato retired to Edmonton in September 1980.
Cato started work at Solar Turbines Canada in 1980 as a turbine engine mechanic and retired in June 1996 to Courtenay, BC, at his daughter’s encouragement.
Cato and Ollie spent many years camping, starting with a tent and gradually ending their camping time with a fifth wheel. Then they discovered cruising. All told, Cato and Ollie went on 36 cruises.
Their final years together were spent in Victoria where they could be closer to daughter Donna.
Cato is predeceased by his parents and son Terrence (1966). He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Olga, daughter Donna Berndt (Wally), son Douglas, sister Joan Wheeler, Granddaughter Paige Larsen, nieces and nephews. No service will be held due to Covid 19.
The Larsen family wishes to sincerely thank the staff at Selkirk Seniors Village, especially the caregivers on the Dayton Unit. They become more than caregivers. They became family. We will never forget their support, laughter and the memories made during this difficult time.