In Memory of



Obituary for Bjarni Einarson

Bjarni ( Barney ) Einarson

Peacefully, after waiting for all his grandchildren to arrive, our loving Dad was free to take his rest on July 16, 2023. He leaves behind to cherish his memory; his wife of 59 years, Beverley (Sigvaldason), daughter Sharon Poole(Vern) of California, son Russell of Geysir, son Collin (Trina) of Winnipeg, Grandchildren: Carla (Jim) and great granddaughter Charlotte of Florida, Darren from Denver, Jordan of California, Brady and Tessa of Winnipeg. Siblings: Steina, Freeman, Thorunn and Sylvia as well as countless nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Gunnar and Malla Einarson, siblings; Gudny Palsson, Gudrun Jonasson, Jon, Einar, Ronald, Margaret Epple & Alda Gudmundson.

Dad was born at the family farm in Geysir (Hólalandi) on April 2, 1936. He was the eighth of twelve children born to Malmfríđur and Gunnar Einarson. He attended school in Hnausa until he was 14, when he was badly hurt in a fire while using ether to start a tractor. Dad married Mom on April 11, 1964, and they resided at Hólalandi until 1999 when the house was struck by lightning. At this time, they moved to Arborg where Dad kept an award-winning yard, aways groomed to perfection. Finally, in 2018 they moved to the Icelandic River Lodge in Riverton where Dad enjoyed walks to the dock and playing pool with his buddy Barney.

Dad was a man of many talents, farmer, seed cleaning entrepreneur, welder, carpenter & wood crafter. There were always people stopping by the farm to have machinery repaired and often Dad would have to completely design parts from scraps of metal and weld it all together. His ability to engineer and weld was highly sought after in the community which led to him having jobs with both Riverton and Gimli Boat Works, and with Orbanski’s. This work gave Dad opportunities to travel to Hay River, Fort McMurray, St. Catherines and Churchill.

Dad was never one to sit idle. He is the greatest inventor I knew. His nephews and nieces have many fond memories of him teaching them all sorts of things on the farm. One story involved Dad making a motorcycle for Marino by turning a washing machine motor into a gas-powered engine. Others have fond memories of hunting trips up to Grand Rapids as well as fishing and ice fishing. He was a talented woodworker, building cabinets, furniture, and wood-piecing crafts. Bocce ball was one of his favorite past-times in his retirement years, as well as cutting grass for folks in Arborg.

He will be lovingly remembered by his family as someone who was always willing to fix or build something to help us out. He always seemed to be able to make something out of nothing, and always had advice to give us on renovation projects, electrical and plumbing work. He taught us to work hard, get up early and contribute to the community. He is remembered by his grandchildren as someone who would play pranks & goof around, get down and play Legos, fishing off the beach in Finns, trips to the Arborg Bakery, for making stilts and teaching them to drive the riding mower and golf cart (which may or may not have involved some shenanigans).

Hvíldu í friđi elsku besta. Gođa nótt Dad.