Dr. Arthur (Art) Weir

Dr. Arthur (Art) Weir

Friends of Dr. Arthur (Art) Weir wish to announce with great joy, his graduation from this life.

Art’s last place of earthly rest was at Polson North, near the Vernon hospital, where he was cared for by some of the most loving people imaginable …. blessings to you all you care givers, who gave and continue to give so much to those nearing the “end of the trail”.

Art was born in Dinsmore, Saskatchewan on April 26th, 1917, eldest of four with sibling twins, Tom and Dorothy and brother John. Prior to joining the Royal Canadian Air Force, Art worked mostly on farms and always with an interest in horses. When the war ended a friend of Art’s talked him into going to chiropractic school which he did, and became a member of the first class to graduate from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, in 1949. After graduation he set up practice in New Toronto and acquired property for a hobby farm. In about 1952 he met and married a widowed mother, Margaret Boughen with a young son Wayne.

About 1964 Art and Margaret decided to head “out west” and his little family came to the Okanagan Valley, first to Peachland, and shortly after, found a small farm near Armstrong in the beautiful Spallumcheen and settled there.

Over the next 35 years, Art served as a chiropractor, often trading services for a pie or even just a grateful handshake. All those that came to Art for treatment seemed to sense his natural ability to locate and remedy a problem. As strong as he was, and as big as his work hardened hands were, Dr. Weir was blessed with a very gentle touch. Art’s interest in Morgan horses began to develop during this time and Art was particularly interested in harness training. Over many years Art was known for providing sleigh rides in the winter time and hay rides in the summer. Kids from local communities would flock to his place for a real country experience….. a sleigh ride across snowy fields and bonfire with hot chocolate afterwards. Art and Margaret loved to minister to children and Art was very active for many years teaching horsemanship to youngsters at the Sunnybrae Bible Camp on Shuswap Lake.

A gathering of friends to recognize and celebrate the life and times of Arthur Weir will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 9, 2010 at Personal Alternative Funeral Services, 2980 Smith Drive, Armstrong. Any and all who wish to honor Art and share some stories, are most welcome to attend. Refreshments and snacks will be served.