Our loving husband and father, Ary (Arij) Sala, passed away peacefully in his home at Fanny Bay, BC on January 27, 2016 at the age of 79. Ary was predeceased by his 1st wife, Maria Borsboom, in 1982. He is survived by his wife, Charlette, who gave him loving care during his battle with esophageal cancer; his sister, Jeanne; his eight children, Orlean Muirhead, Yra Binstead, Andrei Sala, Gabriella Burnham, Alexander Sala, Eldon Sala, Patricia Cross, and Monty Sala and their spouses; his three step-children, Steve Clarke, Shannon Lawrence, and Cathy Runquist and their spouses and forty-six delightful grandchildren.
Ary was born on May 13, 1936 to Adrianus Sala and Hilletje van den Akker in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He always had an adventurous spirit and in 1971, he and Maria with their three eldest children immigrated to Canada and settled in Calgary, AB. There they had their five other children. Ary loved to dream and some dreams that were realized were traveling throughout the USA in a motorhome and organizing his family into a singing group to perform at retirement centres. When Maria died from cancer in 1982, Ary was left to care for their eight children who were between the ages of 2-13. Ary sacrificed much throughout his life to ensure that his children received his love and devotion. When his children were mostly raised and pursuing their own lives, Ary met Charlette Clarke and they married in 1997. They eventually moved to their waterfront property in Fanny Bay, BC. which he loved and call “Paradise”. Ary loved singing, reading, automobiles, motorhomes, deliberating politics and engaging in family fun. He developed a passion for writing in his later years and has published many editorials locally and nationally. Ary’s legacy is his firm faith in God and his commitment to his family.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 6th, 2016 at 1pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Qualicum Beach, BC. He will then be buried at Queen’s Park Cemetery in Calgary, AB.