Eileen (Houghton) Boberg

April 30, 1921 ~ March 9, 2021 (age 99)


Eileen Boberg, (nee Houghton) age 99, in Vancouver, BC, on March 9, 2021, peacefully in her sleep.

Eileen was born on April 30, 1921 in Sheffield, England, to parents Lillian Elsie and Harry Houghton. The family immigrated to Vancouver in 1927. Eileen would train as a comptometer (early calculator) operator, and worked successively for Burns Meats and Foster-Barrett-Leonard Accounting. She married John Martin Boberg in 1950 and the couple settled on North Burnaby’s Capitol Hill, where they would live for over 50 years and have two children. 

In her later years, Eileen lived at Rideau Retirement Residence, followed by Blenheim Lodge. She was active in numerous social and charitable groups during her lifetime, including Vancouver Tip Toppers, Scouting and Guiding, Ellesmere United Church, Burnaby Village Museum, Confederation Park Seniors Centre and Plan International. Through Smile Train, she financed surgical procedures for children with facial deformities in developing countries. She travelled extensively and also enjoyed walking, writing, swimming, dancing and exercise class.

Eileen is survived by her daughter Lisa Anne Smith (Doug), grandchildren Hillary Anne and Robert (Bobby) Douglas, and many family members in Canada, the US, UK, and Sweden.  She was preceded in death by her husband John and son Michael Karl.

Covid protocols permitting, we will have a memorial gathering in our garden on April 30, for her 100th birthday. Special thanks to the staff of Youville Residence Parkview Unit, Blenheim Lodge and Martin Brothers Funeral Services for all their kindness and care.  In lieu of flowers, a donation to Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division, or any charity of your choice, would be most appreciated.   


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