The day the music paused… Myrle Charles Guttormsson died peacefully at home in Victoria BC, April 2, 2021 at the age of 87, with family at his side.
Artist and retired banker, Myrle loved the good things in life, people and jazz music. He didn’t miss a beat with his quick wit and humour. Myrle’s spirit and character endeared him to everyone who he met.
Myrle, a western Icelander, was born in California to Dr. Pétur Bergvin Guttormsson (Vigfús and Vilborg of Lundar, MB) and Herdís Salín (née Reykdal) (Jón and Sigurborg of Baldur, MB). Myrle grew up on the Canadian prairies and later was drawn to the Okanagan Valley, and then further to the Pacific Ocean. His family and friends were his greatest joy and he never missed an opportunity to sing, dance or play the ukulele or banjo. Myrle was very proud of his Icelandic culture and heritage.
Myrle was predeceased by his brothers Pétur Thor and Kristján Vigfús. He is survived by his sister Norma Celine, daughters Janet Salín (Pieter – Martin (Melina), Salín (Chris)) and Andrea Pauline (John – Natalie (Neal - great grandson Thor), Clint, Dale); his sons Peter Charles (dtr. Sarah (Stephen - Levi and Isaiah) and Myrle Carl (Shannon -Alana, Marla), and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
“Peace of heaven on all descending,
with this stillness softly blending
here abide. Our thoughts ascending
in a fervent prayer unite.
From the pain of wounds relieve us,
from the dread of cold reprieve us.
May the joyous sun receive us
when the morning breaks. — Good night.
All in peace await the radiant
angel of the dawn. Good night.”
-Guttormur J. Guttormsson