Mining innovator Byron Knelson passes away

Well-known Langley business person Byron Knelson died on Aug. 29, after a short battle and complications related to cancer. He was 80 years old.

Well-known Langley business person Byron Knelson died on Aug. 29, after a short battle and complications related to cancer. He was 80 years old.

Mr. Knelson’s company, known simply as Knelson, is based in Langley. He was well-known internationally for his invention and commercial development of the Knelson Concentrator, a centrifugal mineral separator that has revolutionized gold recovery. This machine has been a critical factor in development of many gold mines, at a time when gold prices have been on the rise.

According to the website mining.com, “the Knelson Concentrator has become a fixture in the world’s most prominent gold mines and the Knelson name is synonymous with gravity separation.”

Mr. Knelson is also well-known for his charismatic approach to life, business and customer service, and his sense of humour.

A celebration of his life will be held on Sept. 25, with the location to be announced at a later date. Donations in his memory can be made to Mining For Miracles, the B.C. mining industry’s fundraising organization for B.C. Children’s Hospital. Knelson has been involved in raising funds for the hospital since 1995.

He is survived by his wife Bea, son Brett and daughter Sandra, and five grandchildren.