Al Sholund, a Port Moody resident and Freedom of the City honouree, wrote all of the Historical Insight articles found here.
Mr. Sholund passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2016, just days before his 97th birthday. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Nellie, and their two daughters Christine and Pauline.
He contributed years of thoughtful historical articles to the City's quarterly newsletter, the Focus. Al retired his pen in the spring of 2013, but you can still enjoy his collection of stories online.
The Sholunds were the first couple to be honoured by Port Moody with Freedom of the City. Mayor Marusyk presented them with their distinguished awards on June 13, 1998. The couple met during the Second World War in Nellie's home country of England while Al was stationed there. They have resided in Port Moody since 1956 and have two daughters.
Al, a former employee of the Imperial Oil refinery at Ioco, served on the library board for many years starting in 1956, while Nellie volunteered to work the library's front desk. The couple is widely credited with building the City's Public Library, Library Board, the City's museum, and the Historical Society. Nellie was chair of the advisory board at the Kyle Centre for eight years. They donated countless hours over many, many years to the restoration of the museum, its artifacts and objects, and the education of both children and adults on the rich and colorful history of this area.
The Chamber of Commerce named Al Sholund Tri-Cities Citizen of the Year in 1985. As long-time residents of the City, the Sholunds gave their time and expertise extensively to the community.
As former Mayor Marusyk stated "Al and Nellie Sholund are shining examples of community volunteerism."