Bert was born in Scarborough, Ontario which is now a part
. An electronics technician by training, Bert operated an
electronics service business, 'Christensen Television' for many years until
he retired in 1998. Several years ago, Bert taught himself to program
computers and to design web pages.
wife, Dr. Louise Ripley
is a retired Professor of Marketing at
in Toronto, and
a published novelist.
Louise and Amber
Erik the carpenter incognito
son, Erik is now a journeyman carpenter and a foreman at Action Scaffold
Services and sometimes works in very high
places. From a previous marriage, Bert also has two sons, Mark and Brent,
and four grandchildren. Mark is a business analyst at Rothmans. His wife, Soo,
is retired from IBM. Their son, David is Manager, Business Development and
Planning at Phillip Morris International. Their daughter, Laura is a
Professional Engineer with Dillon Consulting in Vancouver. Brent is Senior
System Analyst at Toromont, a large Caterpillar dealer. His wife, Maureen,
is a Nutritionist. Their daughter, Sarah is studying Geography and
Environmental Studies at McMaster University and her sister, Brenda will be
studying science at Guelph University.
The Ripley/Christensen household also
includes two cats, Jesse and Juno, a
greyhound, Jake and a pug, Daisy, thousands of books, hundreds
of frogs (Louise collects them), and many, many computers (donít ask!).
Erik working in high places
The view from the back of our house
The Ripley/Christensens live in a townhouse in the
north-east part of Toronto. The house overlooks a large open area and is
close to a wooded ravine. There are a large number of birds who come around
for food as well as raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, deer, coyotes, chipmunks,
foxes, and the occasional skunk. In January, 1999 Toronto experienced the
snowiest January on record. For pictures,
Louise took up tap dancing at the age of 65.
Here she is dressed for her first solo.
Jake and Daisy
Juno and Jesse