December 28, 1925 - April 24, 2019
The family of Axel Haroldson sadly announce his passing on April 24, 2019 at the age of 93 years. It was always his request that he not have a funeral, so the family is honouring his wishes.
Axel is survived by his two daughters Linda (Dave) Caswell and their children Brennan (Stephanie), Tessi & Jovie; Kristin (Brad) & Parker; Jason (Lareina). Karen (Jerry) Houle and their children Amanda (Seneka) Hippola, Piper & Tucker; Jeff (Colby) & Gabe. His sister Esther Strate, sister-in-law Dorothy Haroldson also numerous nieces and nephews.
Axel was predeceased by his wife Alvema, companion Hazel Cowley, parents Axel & Jonette, brothers Henry, William, & Alfred, sisters-in-law Muriel, Vi, Lois and brother-in-law Garnet Strate.
Axel was born December 28, 1925 and was raised on a farm in the Paddling Lake District. He married Alverna Weidendorfin 1949 and they spent many happy years farming in the Big Shell Lake area. Through the years he worked at northern sawmills, on the Diefenbaker Dam, as a pest control officer, in the Alberta oilfields with his water truck and had a small gravel hauling business. When he retired they built a new home on Big Shell Lake which they enjoyed for many years. They loved to travel, especially to their winter home in Arizona, and enjoyed spending time with the many friends that they had made over the years. They had been married forty nine years when Alverna passed away. He later found a companion in Hazel Cowley and they moved into Shell Lake to be closer to the golf course. His last years were spent at Debden Heritage Manor and Spiritwood Long Term Care Facility.
Axel was an avid ski jumper. He started when he was 10 years old and at the age of 14 he won the title of Northern Sask. Junior Jumping Champion. He competed in many tournaments over the years, taught several people how to ski jump and was instrumental in building three ski jumps in the Shell Lake area. He enjoyed water skiing, fishing, golfing and curling. He loved music, dancing and playing his organ. Many people on Big Shell will remember hearing him playing the organ as his music drifted across the lake. There wasn't anything Axel couldn't build or fix. He made many pairs of skis and water skis, his first rock picker, a ski boat and a house boat to name a few.
Axel will always be remembered as being a daredevil and a practical joker. There was nothing he enjoyed more than pulling a joke on someone and teasing his grandchildren and great grandchildren. You were never really sure if he was joking or not until you saw that twinkle in his eye.
Axel’s final resting place will be at Scandia Cemetery, where a private family service will be held at a later date. Those wishing to send online condolences are invited to visit www.beaulacfuneralhome.com, Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Mark Muir of Beau "Lac" Funeral Home, Spiritwood, Sask. (306) 883-3500.