Alfred Heim
Published On: Sun, Oct 5th, 2014

Remembering Leif Lundgaard

Leif Lundgaard 2


SSN – Leif Lundgaard, a former resident of St. Andrew’s West, passed away on September 9, 2014 at the age of 88. Mr. Lundgaard was a renowned Arctic Researcher and avid orienteerer.  During WW2 he fought with the Norwegian resistance during the Nazi occupation and later with the Norwegian Brigade in Finnmark and Germany.

February 26, 1926 – September 9, 2014
Polar Continental Shelf Project, Retired
After a valiant fight Leif left us, with his beloved partner and best friend Caroline at his side. Leif was born in Vang i Heidmark, Norway to parents Olaf and Anna. With his father he served in the Hjemmefront (resistance) during the Nazi occupation of Norway and later with the Norwegian Brigade in Finnmark and Germany. A champion in orienteering , ski jumping and cross country skiing, he came to Canada in 1965 to participate in Canadian ski marathons and arctic field work with the Polar Continental Shelf Project. He participated in polar research projects including North Pole 1967 and 1969, AIDJAX 1971-72 and 1975-76, LOREX 1979, CESAR 1983, Hobson’s Choice ice island (1980s) as well as research on Canadian glaciers (mass balance studies). In 1993 he traveled from Russia to the Canadian Arctic over the North Pole with a scientific research team. He retired from Arctic research in 1997 and devoted his energies to orienteering and his country property near St. Andrews West, Ontario. He is survived by his partner Caroline Philips, his brother Ola Ase) and nieces and nephews in Norway. He is predeceased by his parents, sister Ester and brothers Odd and Karl. Thank you for the excellent care he received at Maxville Manor and the Glengarry Memorial Hospital. A gathering to remember Leif will be held at Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 6:30 pm until 9 pm. Ha det min elskede. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the Munro & Morris Funeral Homes Ltd., 20 Main St. South, Maxville (613-527-2898) and will be held on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, 6:30pm. In lieu of flowers Memorial Donations to the Maxville Manor Foundation would be appreciated by the family. As a Memorial to Leif a tree will be planted in Memory Woods. A tree grows- memories live. Condolences may be made online at