Obituary of Carl Hartwig Melvin Carlson
Dr. Carl Hartwig Melvin (Mel) Carlson, May 8, 1936-May 3, 2022.
Mel passed away peacefully at Kensington Gardens Long Term-Care,
daughter at his side on May 3 rd 2022. He is survived by his daughter, Anna-Christina
Carlson, her husband Eric Whan and his grandchildren, Oscar and Angus. He is
predeceased by his brother, Bert Carlson.
United College (
while volunteering with CUSO, a leading international development organization. It
was there that he married Dr. Jacqueline Carlson. Although they later divorced, they
remain closed throughout their lives.
Mel later worked in Terrace, BC and then started his pathology residency in
City. After returning from
He worked as a pathologist at
Mel was a dedicated pathologist but his true passions were art, music, books and
travelling. A movie about J.S. Bach that he saw at eight years old had a profound
impact on him. As a child, he studied piano and accordion. During his teenage years,
he played accordion for Swedish community dances in
organ and flute. His
Well before mass tourism, he travelled intrepidly all over the world usually with just a
small carry-on bag and his straw hat. A loving and devoted father, he took his daughter
on a number of these adventures. One of the most memorable was a trip to Soviet
country independently. Back then, most travellers to the
a tour group. That was not Mel’s style.
The role in which he truly shone was as a grandparent. He delighted in his
grandchildren and was actively involved in his their lives for as long as his health
allowed, often having them over to his house when they were young to eat hot dogs and
watch Toy Story.
The family wishes to thank all the staff at
excellent care these last few years. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
Kensington Health Foundation. Donate at www.kensingtonhealth.org/memorial-