SOLBAK, Vernon


It is with great love and heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Vernon (Vern) Howard Solbak on Friday, December 4, 2020 at 7:35pm. Vern was predeceased by his father Havord (1993), his mother Hannah (2007), and his sister-in-law Cheryl (2019).

He is lovingly remembered by his wife Jolaine of 42 years, his children Sean (Regan), Nathan (Anna), Elisa (Brent) Klassen; and his four sweet grandchildren Anders, Maja, Jonas, and Lena as well as two brothers Trevor and Colin (Anne) and many nieces and nephews.

Vern touched many lives in various circles including his Richfield Christian church family, Alberta Infrastructure, Sherwood Park Curling Club and countless friends and families across the world.

The Solbak family would like to thank the entire ICU staff at Grey Nuns hospital. There will be an intimate ten person service at Amisk Park Cemetery on Friday December 11, 2020. Memorial donations can be made to SAM ministries or Hope Mission Edmonton.


Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101

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The Playter Korsos Family

We are deeply saddened to learn of Vern’s passing, Jolaine. Some people exude goodness the moment you meet them, and Vern certainly did. We will miss his greetings on the crescent and will think of him every time we see the beautiful bridge he built in your garden. Our hearts and thoughts are with you and your family.

Tom O’Neill

Jolaine and family,
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Vern’s passing . It was a pleasure and a privilege for me to know him, to work with him at Alberta Infrastructure, and especially to curl with him. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Lorne & Denise Blair

Dear Jolaine
We just learned of your loss and are so very sorry for you, Sean, Nathan, Elisa and families. Vern’s quiet presence and smiles will be missed on the Crescent. May your many memories and God’s ever presence bring you peace in the days ahead.

Gaylene Bodnaresk

To Jolaine and family,
Vern was a wonderful and dedicated man to work with, I would put him on the top of the list of the best Architectural technologists, He always kept his cool and his nose to the grind, was a reliable person always answered all my questions and was a true inspiration. Needless to say it is obvious that he will be missed by you and your family, but know that Vern has left a lasting impression on all of us, may that assurance warm your hearts and may your faith in God hold you.

Laura O’Neill

Jolaine and family. We were so shocked and devastated to learn of Vern’s passing. Our hearts go out to you and we trust and hope that your faith and shared love will see you through this difficult time. Vern worked for Dermot and I for many years as an architectural technologist and was a terrific team player. He was talented, thoughtful and had an amazing ‘can do’ spirit, as well as a wicked sense of humour. He was a vital part of our firm in the time he was with us. We counted on him and he never let us down. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Laura and Dermot O’Neill.

Jaynne Carre

Dear Jolaine and family, Our hearts are heavy with the loss of Vern – such a cherished, dedicated wise man of integrity, wit, humour and so many talents. I have such fond memories of Vern over the last 50 years, working with him on many architectural projects. He was such an awesome team player, taught us all so much and brought his wonderful sense of humour to lighten our days. He will be missed greatly. Hugs, Jaynne and Lu

Brian C Oakley

Dear Jolaine and Family;
Our hearts ache (..daily) at the loss of our dear friend. I knew Vern forty years in practice, and a few in curling! We practiced ‘purpose’ in our work. Strong principles; experience and outcomes that will be enjoyed by generations to come. Vern loved to debate the “good, better, best”. Vern leaves a strong legacy of built work, of underlying principles (and processes) that will serve to maintain those values in his absence: a quiet strong legacy. He was a mentor to all he knew, a most knowledgeable and creative resource, a confident and calming influence on the projects. Concerns changed to smiles when he was involved! In August we thought to plan a small visit to catch up; ‘desserts on the driveway’ at appropriate distance. I wish we’d have followed through.
I can’t fathom him gone so early. We so dearly miss him.
XOX Deb and Brian Oakley

Caroline Jones (Hellquist)

Dear Solbak family,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. Although I hadn’t seen Vernon for many years, I lived and went to school in Amisk as a child. We attended the same church and Hannah was my Sunday School teacher. I remember when Vernon was “on-the-way”; I was intrigued as I watched baby grow.
So happy to read about Vern’s life and his love for you, his family and for our Saviour. And grateful for the hope and assurance that a grand reunion is now “on-the-way”!
May God’s peace surpass…!

Troy Holloway

Vern’s grandkids will one day go to schools built using construction details their grandfather developed. The grandkids of his grandkids will look at Alberta’s Legislature Building and may not even realize that their great-great grandfather worked on the restoration of the Dome. I see his name and his influence on the documents that he wrote or contributed to, with the sole purpose of making better buildings for us all. I see his name (many times) on our office curling trophy, and his smiling face on the day we got the 8-ender. It was my very first game, and I see now why he was so excited. I also see the second-hand curling shoes he gave me. They’re symbolically and literally big shoes to fill. They remind me of his generosity, mentorship, and friendship. Vern is – incomprehensibly – gone, but somehow he is still everywhere I look. To Jolaine, and to Vern’s family, I hope that you draw strength from each other, and find comfort in all the beautiful things he has left for you too.

Yogi Selliah

Jolaine and the Solbak family.

I am very saddened to hear of the passing of Vern. I have worked with him for several years and had an unusual connection. His ability to gently convey things on very difficult issues always inspired me. His great love for the work and calm approach is very difficult to match. I will miss him dearly. May God bless your family and give strength and peace during this difficult time.

Stephanie Clancy

Dear Jolaine & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I felt the loss when Vern retired, but rejoiced in his well deserved retirement. Now this hole he left, so much deeper for you, and those closest to him, I can’t even imagine. He was such a lovely man, so patient and always professional. I learned so much from Vern, and I will always carry deep respect for him. May God grant you peace as you grieve and find your way with Vern in your hearts.

Jian Yao

Dear Jolaine and Family, I watched “Tribute to Pa” and I had to take a few breaks to finish it because I was so touched by his love for family, life and the God. I had the great pleasure working with him for the last 7 years at Infrastructure and I am deeply saddened by his passing. He will be dearly missed.

Lisa Jenkinson

Vern will always be remembered for the humble, gentle, and generous ways he would share his extensive knowledge with those of us who worked with him at Alberta Infrastructure. The photos and artwork that he displayed at his desk clearly demonstrated how proud he was of his family. My heartfelt condolences for your loss and may you find strength and peace during this difficult time.

Victor Hikmet

Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that I feel for losing my colleague Vern. Someone so special can never be forgotten.

David Larson

Jolaine,I am so sorry. I was so shocked to hear this news. Vern is such a great example of a husband,a father. a down to earth Christian who lived his faith every day…and as I knew him, a terrific friend. Such a blessing to all who knew him. I am more homesick for heaven today.

Allan Colpitts

Dear Jolaine and Family,
Vern will be remembered as a very kind and patient soul. His kind demeanour will be remembered as it impacted me and many other here at Infrastructure. It was always a pleasure to work on interesting projects with Vern. Thank you Vern for your patience in teaching me to curl.

Alida van Boven

Jolaine, I am so saddened by the sudden death of your dear husband, Vern, of 42 years. I will continue to lift you up to our Lord, our Comforter!

Grace Fox

I’m so sorry for your loss, Jolaine and family. May God comfort you in the days and weeks ahead. May He fill you with peace that passes human understanding. Know you are loved.

Colin Wildgrube

Dear Solbak family, I worked with Vern at Alberta Infrastructure and will always remember him for his dedication to family and work. You could always count on Vern for a thorough answer to a building problem, as well as a good curling game. My sincere condolences to the Solbak family.

Yvonne Linton

Dear Jolaine,

While we did not get to meet in person, I was concerned for your husband Vern as we prayed for him during these past few you weeks you and I were in online bible study.

I was very sorry to hear that he had lost his battle with the virus. Our hearts our heavy as you prepare to honor and remember your dear husband in these difficult times. May God comfort you and your children and grandchildren in the weeks and months ahead. Sending hugs from California.

Becky Karas

Dear Jolaine and family, although I never met Vern it is obvious he was loved greatly. Our ladies Bible study group has prayed for Vern since his illness and held up Jolaine and family in prayer. We rejoice over Vern’s homegoing but know it is sad for the family. May you know that someday there will be a reunion with Vern in heaven. God bless you.

Orilyn Toews Pasiuk

On behalf of the Jake Toews family, we would like to send our heartfelt condolences to Jolaine and Vern’s family. My Dad, Rev Jake Toews, was profoundly saddened to hear of Verns passing. He has very fond memories of Vern as being a loving, kind, and gentle man with a ready smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of profound grief and loss.

Jeremy Smid

I’m very saddened to hear the news of Vern, my thoughts are with all his family and friends during this difficult time.

I was lucky enough to spend time and get to know Vern during my time at Alberta Infrastructure, I’ll remember him as a smart, witty, and kind person. As many know, he was a great curler, I played against him for a few years and was on the wrong side of many lop sided games. So… when I had the opportunity to join his team during my last year, I didn’t hesitate, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!

Carol Anholt Landmark

I grew up in Amisk, have fond memories of Vern and his two older brothers, Colin and Trevor as well as his parents.
Our deepest sympathy to you, Jolaine as well as your family.
Thoughts and prayers are with you today and the days ahead.

Irene & Richard Larson

God’s blessings are a gentle salve to a heart touched by sorrow.
Our sincere condolences to you Jolaine and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers,

Shawn snd Sandy Reid

We are deeply saddened by Vern’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jolene and family during this very difficult time. May God give you strength and peace during this sad season.

Jordan DeBarros

I am so very sorry to hear about Vernon’s passing.
My deepest sympathies and condolences for your loss. May God bless your wonderful family and bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Trevor Peter

To Jolaine and the Solbak family. Along with so many others here at Alberta Infrastructure, I thoroughly enjoyed working with Vern, and we are all so sad to hear of his passing. He was a joy to be around. I wish you God’s peace and blessing.

Ken and Maureen

Vern was a great neighbour who we will truly miss. Our condolences to you Jolaine and your family.

Judy & Bruce Elliott

Our sincere condolences to you and the family for your loss, Vern was considered a good friend over many years

Ralph & Jamie Kassen

Our hearts go out to you Jolaine and family. So many awesome memories of Vern. May God’s peace richly strengthen and comfort you at this time.

Janis (Anholt) and Les Swelin

Our hearts are heavy also, with this news of Vernon’s passing. I went to school in Amisk with Vernon and have fond memories of time spent with the entire Solbak family.
May God bless you all moving forward and give you strength and peace. He has left a wonderful legacy and that will be of great comfort to you now.

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