ORVIS, Arthur Leroy
Passed away on September 20, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox.
Arthur is predeceased by wife Jeannette Orvis, parents Leslie and Marion Orvis and twin brother Harvey. He is survived by his common-law partner Gwendolyn Marsh, sons Derick (Linda) of Ontario, Nick (Art Jr.) and Kathy of Ontario, Darren (Wendy) of Ontario, stepson Rick of Alberta, daughter Suzanne (Tyler) of Nanaimo, brothers Roy (Carol) of Ontario, Alfred (Garra) of Ontario, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Arthur served as a Master Warrant Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces for 33 years, nine months and 15 days (1950-1984) and was a combat diver. He played guitar and was a member of the BC Old Time Fiddlers. In his leisure time he enjoyed playing his guitar, singing and was a talented wood carving artist. He enjoyed country music, fishing, hunting, being outside and loved watching airshows, especially the snowbirds.
He was a very caring and loving father, husband, partner and friend with a great sense of humor, always smiling and joking.
Flowers gratefully declined, if friends so wish, donations in his memory made to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated.
We would like to acknowledge all the staff nurses and doctors and St. Joseph’s Hospital for their ongoing care and support for Arthur and the Family.
There will be a Celebration of Arthur’s Life on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 2PM from Comox Valley Funeral Home, Cremation and Reception Centre, 1101 Ryan Rd., Courtenay.