Chief Ekman, Stig Roger

September 3rd, 1949 -
May 15th, 2022

Chief Roger Ekman passed away May 15th, 2022 at Columbia House long term care home in Invermere after a valiant battle with cancer.

Roger was born on September 3rd, 1949 in Mariehamn Aland Island in Finland. He immigrated to Canada with his family in December of 1951. They settled in the Columbia Valley shortly after.

Roger joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1966 and returned to the valley with his family in 1977. He followed in his fathers footsteps becoming a heavy duty mechanic with the Department of Highways. He began serving his community as a volunteer firefighter in 1978, becoming the Chief four years later, he remained Chief until his retirement in 2018.

Roger is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marion and beloved dalmatian Ember, son Roger (Laetitia, Eva) of Surrey BC, son Kevin (Kathleen, Robert, Alexandra) of Vancouver BC, sister Britt and brother Robert. Roger was predeceased by parents Nils and Solveig and siblings Kristina and Ronald.

Roger served his community tirelessly for 40 years and will be greatly missed. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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