It is with great sadness that the Hagen Family announces the passing of their husband, father, brother, grandfather and father-in-law Jan-Erik Hagen. Born March 7, 1938 to Ellen and Fredrik Hagen of Gjovik, Norway he was the oldest of two boys and is survived by his wife Inger, younger brother Tormod, children Jan-Fredrik (Birgittha), Ellen Jeannette, Anne Cecilie, Therese (Dean), Christine (Matt), Roxana and 6 grandchildren.

Jan grew up in Norway and graduated as a civil engineer from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. His work took him to Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Kenya, Germany and Canada. While living in Calgary in the 80’s Jan was appointed Norwegian honorary Consul to Alberta. He was also the attaché to the Norwegian contingent during the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. After becoming a Canadian citizen in 1989, he went on to represent the BC government as Trade Commissioner to southern Europe, spending 5 years in Munich Germany. Returning home to Victoria in 1994, Jan continued to work for the BC government in various capacities, until the late 90’s, where he began working with the BC Environmental Assessment Office, and spent the remainder of his career.

Jan was not only an engineer, but a talented painter, writer and avid sportsman – often found on the cross-country ski trails. A true Norwegian at heart, as a youngster he did track and field; and throughout his adult life enjoyed hiking, skiing, golfing and biking. He wrote several books – some fact, some fiction. In retirement, Jan and Inger enjoyed cruising to faraway places, reuniting his family for his 80th birthday cruise.

With an illustrious career and many talents, Jan’s real love in life was his family. He was blessed with finding the love of his life and a marriage that spanned nearly four decades.  Together they enjoyed a blended family with six children. His favorite past time was travelling and enjoying their company whenever possible – often returning back to Norway to visit his three older children and their families, or visiting Toronto, Vancouver and Northern BC to spend time with the Canadian children.

Never taking himself too seriously, Jan was always able to make people laugh, even sometimes at his own expense. Always the charmer, with a keen intelligence and sharp wit, he remained ever so humble. He called himself a proud Viking and his love for Norway never faded.

Jan will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.

Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, a small family gathering will be held to honour Jan’s life. We sincerely apologize and thank the many friends who would have loved to celebrate him. We know that you will be with us in spirit.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens


  • Dale and Kathy Nickels

    Dear Inger, Christine, Roxana and Family — Dale and I were so sorry to read of Jan’s passing. Sadly, our family fully understands the devastating loss associated with Parkinson’s disease and we also understand the unusual combination of relief and sadness when our loved ones are released from this horrible disease. Jan was such a wonderful man and we so enjoyed the times we spent together. His love for his family was always so evident and we hope your happy memories will wrap around you during these difficult times. We remember Jan as a true gentleman with such a sparkling personality. Please know we are thinking of you all and sending our love. Dale and Kathy Nickels

  • Mary Duenow

    Dear Inger and kids,
    Dave and I are so sorry to lose Jan…a wonderful friend, kind, compassionate, funny, strong and so very smart. We benefited from his friendship and value our time with all of you very much. Jan had such a sharp wit and had us laughing many, many times. We already miss him!
    Love, hugs and kisses,
    Mary and Dave Duenow

  • Elisabeth Rødland

    Kjære Inger og barna, barnebarn og svigersønner !
    Det var forferdelig trist å lese om Jan Eriks bortgang. Godt og vite at dere er sammen alle og kan trøste hverandre i denne tiden.
    Uten egentlig å kjenne ham, var han alltid så oppmerksom, så vi følte oss veldig vel i hans nærvær. Mamma satte også veldig pris på ham.
    Vi er med dere i tankene herfra.
    Elisabeth og Erik
    Hans Jacob og Clare

  • Daintry Van Cleave

    Dear Inger, Therese, Christine, Roxanna and family,

    I was so sad to hear about Jan’s passing. He was a wonderful father, husband and friend. Indeed with a great sense of humour. Please know we are here holding space for you and wishing you much grace as you navigate your grief. What an amazing legacy Jan leaves, I hope that brings you comfort in the days ahead.

    Much love, Daintry, Graham, Kade and Laike.

  • Louise Mercer

    Dear Inger & Family –
    I was so very sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. We have been friends for so many years & I remember with joy the first time I met Jan and you a bit later in Seville during Expo 1992! Jan had such a great sense of humour and made everyone around him happy. I know your pain very well at this time and hope to be able to visit with you in the near future. With much love and prayers,

  • Margaret and Harvey Pfluger

    Dear Inger, We were saddened to hear of Jan”s passing. Our thoughts go out to you at this time. Many blessings to you and your family. It was a privilege to get to know him and you up here on Rainbow Hill.

  • Cleve and Pam Dheensaw

    To Inger and the children: We are so saddened to hear of Jan’s passing. He was a wonderful man with such an understated sense of humour and a true zest for life. We will always remember the mischievous smile. His love for his family was abundantly evident. We will always hold dear the memory of having Jan as a neighbour and the memorable summer block parties, snow storms and fire-sale car deals!
    We are thinking of you at this time.
    Our thoughts are with you,
    Your Doral Place neighbours and friends,
    Cleve and Pam Dheensaw

  • Maggie Cooper

    Dear Inger and family,

    We were very sorry to read about Jan’s passing. He was a wonderful person to know, enthusiastic about life, caring, and a great neighbour who enriched all of our lives.
    Jan was ten days older than I am, and I share in the feeling in your family that he was taken too soon. He will always live in the hearts and memories of your extended family.

    Diana, Michael and I send our deepest sympathy for your loss. We hope that you can find solace in the many great memories of an exceptional person.

    Kindest regards,

    The Cooper family

  • Deb Mcginnis

    My deepest condolences for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Bjorg Lee

    Dear Inger,Therese,Christine,Roxana and family. I’m so sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. I remember his great sense of humor and how kind he was to everyone ! I saw how much he loved you Inger and how he loved his family! Jan was a wonderful family man and will be missed!

    With Love
    Bjorg Lee and family!

  • Tara Douglas and Murray Frost

    So very sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. Our thoughts are with you, Inger, and the family as you go through this painful time.
    Jan struck us as a warm, sensitive and highly intelligent man with a quick wit and a great sense of humour. We will miss him.
    Tara and Murray

  • Satlrah Kowalenko

    Inger, Therese, Christine, Roxana, Dean and family, our hearts ache for your loss. Jan was indeed the charmer and a beautiful example of a caring and loving person. Know that we are at your side while you grieve and offer our sincerest sympathies. With our love, Laurie Heron, Sarah and Dan Kowalenko

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