Last week Golden mourned the loss of one of the community’s most treasured public servants.
Magnus “Mag” Arnold Magnusson passed away at the age of 70, leaving behind a legacy in Golden that will not soon be forgotten.
Mag, who is commonly known for having a heart as big as his stature, dedicated almost 13 years of service to the Town of Golden as a councillor. When he had to resign due to health issues in 2012 he was very saddened that he could no longer carry out his duties, and missed his community during his final months.
His love for Golden began long before his run for public office however. Mag moved to Parson with his family from the Scandinavian community in Gimli, Manitoba, in 1948.
It was here in the Columbia Valley where he made his way through school, began his career at Kicking Horse Forest Products (until his retirement in 1997), began his family with wife Anne, and raised their three children Rob, Chris, and Margret.
Mag found several organizations in town he was passionate about, and was soon an avid volunteer, becoming a familiar face at many not-for-profit tables.
He donated his time to the Golden Golf Club, the Shriners and Masons, as well as serving on the boards of the Columbia Valley Credit Union and East Kootenay Regional Hospital District. And when he thought he could help the community as a councillor, he stepped up to the challenge.
He was guided by the principle that making the right decision was more important than making the popular decision. In his final run for council, he asked longtime friend Glen Ewan to sign his nomination papers, even though his health was deteriorating. He told Ewan, “I can be sick at home and do nothing. Or I can get back on council, and do something for this community.”
The community showed their support for Mag’s philosophy and hard work by re-electing him time and time again.
He left an impression on all those who met him, both professionally and personally, and will be missed by many.
Information came from the many friends who spoke at the funeral service at the Golden Civic Centre on July 6.