I have very many happy memories of Dennis. We worked together at the Travelers and enjoyed many pub crawls and dinner parties with him and his wife Carol and our friends. I particularly remember a trip to Cuba we took - our wives were American and so could not accompany us (accident?). Having the forethought of bringing disco music and a ghetto blaster, our place was the centre of many rum-soaked parties that week.
I will always remember his cheerful attitude and fun-loving ways.
Rest in peace, my friend. My condolences to his lovely wife Carol.
Keith and I send our condolences to the family. He was a very kind and fair man to work with at Travelers in Toronto
On Behalf of the Travelers Canada Family, formerly of Toronto, Ontario, I wish to send sincere and deepest condolences to the Eklund family. Although our Travelers Team disbanded many years ago,we carry many memories, photos and remember the days gone by. We shall keep Arthurs' memory in our hearts for ever.
former Admin Assistant
I met Dennis after he moved back to Calgary from London, Ontario while he was enjoying his Freedom 55 package from Zurich Insurance. He realized quite quickly that one can only cut the grass so many times in a week and that anything beyond 15 minutes to read his mail or the Calgary Sun was way too long. Being someone who had been reasonably active most of his life he approached me at the Riverside Golf Park looking for a part time job and that was the start of a great friendship that endured for almost 10 years. Yes, he became full time and Manager in no time at all.
Obviously his previous position did not prep him for driving the ball picker, shagging golf balls, washing thousands and thousands of golf balls that came off a muddy and soaked field nor the dirtiest job of all.....dragging pumps, hoses and sprayers around the field to remove the excess runoff due to the property being in a floodplain. That said, Dennis never lost his patience with the sundry tasks or me ( well maybe a couple of times ) and always showed up on time for work with a smile on his face and ready to take on the day. If it rained Dennis was well ahead of us as he carried in his new rubber boots and special gloves.
Dennis 's support, demeanor and attitude was invaluable to the business and we never could have developed the facility to the degree we wanted without him.
A couple of things we shared in common was the enjoyment of a cold beer on a hot, humid day at the local pub where our political views were very much in synch and thus the conversation flowed as did the beers. He had reasonable thirst and it became a regular activity throughout the golf season much to our mutual pleasure.
I will miss him as I'm sure everyone and anyone who knew him will too. He was a gentlemen, intelligent and being in his company was always a pleasure.
My sincere condolences to his wife Carol and to all his family and friends who knew his character and loved him.
Knew Dennis for some 40 years. We both worked for Travelers Canada in Toronto. We quickly became great friends with many, many memories. Unfortunately, most of the memories are not for "Public" consumption! However, one that I can tell:
While Dennis and Carol where on vacation, they asked me to look after their house in Etobicoke. As I lived just up the street from them, I was a natural choice. There was a Federal Election in progress at the time. At that period of time I was an staunch Liberal (have seen the areas of my ways now), and, of course a card carrying Conservative. Upon arriving at his house I found his Conservative election sign firmly planted on his front lawn! I quickly removed it and telephoned the local Liberal candidate to put up their Liberal sign. Dennis knew immediately who was the guiltily person (me!) upon his return from vacation. We were still laughing at it today!
Will miss you so much Dennis!