August 22, 1942 – July 17, 2008
Art (Arthur) was born 22 August 1942 in Port Arthur (now known as Thunder Bay), Ontario as the first born of five children. He died suddenly on Thursday, July 17 in Courtenay, BC just prior to his sixty-sixth birthday.
After a brief career in the pulp and paper industry, in 1963 Art joined the Canadian Armed Forces, trained as an officer in Gagetown, NB which led to several postings around Ontario and Germany. He retired in 1990 as a senior Captain in his home town of Thunder Bay. In 1992, he and his wife moved to Courtenay. During the last years of his life he has served the public as a Salesperson at ‘The Pump House’.
In his capacity as a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus he served for many years as the Financial Secretary, within the Catholic Church community, Art participated in many roles including Parish Council President, Eucharistic Minister and Lector. He always made himself available to help whenever a need arose in whatever capacity he could.
All of his many friends will miss his gifts of hospitality, kindness, generosity and dedication that he brought to every situation. His compassion and open-heartedness was his hallmark.
He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife Elaine, son Bill of Winnipeg, son Ian (Brenda) of Courtenay, granddaughters Ashley (Brandon) of Petawawa, Ontario, Alyssa of Courtenay, great-grandson Jacob of Petawawa, siblings Maryanne (Dennis), Susan (Bob), Margaret (Bruce), Roseanne (Rick), all of Thunder Bay, Ontario and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Prayers and viewing at Comox Valley Funeral Home on Thursday, July 24 at 7:00 pm. Funeral Services on Friday, July 25 at 11:00 am in Christ the King Catholic Church. Reception to follow service at the church. Open house and memorial will be hosted by son Ian at 1430 Krebs Cres, Courtenay from 3:00 pm till 6:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Knights of Columbus charity fund.