Carlos Wibert Johansen
January 25, 1943-January 18, 2013
Carlos Johansen passed suddenly in his home of undetermined natural causes on January 18, 2013, one week shy of his 70th birthday. Gone too soon is a loving and well-respected husband, father, grandfather, brother, mentor and friend to us all. He is survived by his wife Cheryl-Ann (nee Watson), daughter Cynthia (Scott), sister Mariela (Martin), mother-in-law Beryl, nieces Mindanao and Melina, and many members of the extended family in other parts of Canada, Denmark, and Australia. Predeceased by daughter Silvia in 1990, Carlos was thrilled to become a grandfather in 2010 to his grandson, Payne.
Born in Honda, Colombia, to Karl and Dora Johansen, Carlos' family moved to Denmark when he was a young child and came to Canada as a teen, settling in Nanaimo, BC. Following in the footsteps of his father, Carlos became a civil engineer, graduating from the University of British Columbia in 1967. Carlos and Cheryl-Ann were married in 1968 in Victoria, BC, and made the family home in North Delta, where they have been for over 40 years.
His business acumen and natural understanding of languages, cultures and politics created a worldwide demand for his professional services. Carlos' many engineering projects include the beginnings of Delta Port (formerly Roberts Bank), the Orca Deep Sea Terminal and Shiploader near Port McNeill, BC, the cruise ship terminal in Bridgetown, Barbados, ports in Egypt and Jordan, as well as projects in Brazil, Australia, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, and Uruguay to name a few. As a result, family gatherings were always full of unique stories of local cultures and travel experiences.
His generosity is unrivalled, as demonstrated by opening his home to an immigrating couple from Cuba to help them get established in Canada. He took great pride in helping others, and his only desired reward was to witness the happiness and success of others.
A true gentleman and astute businessman, Carlos enriched the lives of all who knew him. His friends and colleagues will remember him as an extremely trustworthy and ethical peer. Although he will be sorely missed, his legacy will live on through the love, unconditional selflessness, and professional knowledge that were all so clearly evident in his relations with his family, friends, business partners, and many others all around the world.
A memorial service is planned for February 2, 2013 at 1 pm, Crossroads United Church, 7655 - 120th Street, Delta, BC.
Saturday January 26, 2013
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