November 16, 1925 – February 6, 2013

Niels passed away peacefully on February 6th, 2013, at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital surrounded by family members. He is predeceased by his devoted wife of 40 years, Celsa Maria Rasmussen. Niels is survived by his son Niels A. Rasmussen Jr. of Vernon, CT, his son Erik A. Rasmussen, daughter-in-law Frances Rasmussen and grandsons Kyle and Joel Rasmussen of Great Falls, VA and many nieces and nephews in Denmark.

Niels was born on a farm in Hals, Denmark in 1925 and immigrated to Canada in 1951. He spent time in Ontario before moving to British Columbia and finally working at a plywood plant in Port Alberni from 1952 to 1954. Afterward, Niels moved to the US and became involved in the fragrance and essential oils industry. He rose up to be Vice President of the US division of a French-based company, Charabot, and worked in New York City and New Jersey. In 1988 Niels and his wife Celsa decided to retire and fulfill his dream of returning to Vancouver Island. They moved to Nanoose Bay, BC and built their dream house overlooking the Strait of Georgia and the mainland mountains. Here Niels was able to reconnect with old friends, pursue his interest in golf and enjoy his retirement exactly where he always wanted to live.

He will be missed by his family, friends, and the people in the Nanoose Bay area who enjoyed his friendship, conversations, card play and company during the 25 years he lived here.

The Funeral Service was held at Yates Funeral Service and Crematorium in Parksville on Tuesday, February 12th , 2013 at 11:00 am.

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