Adrianus (Art) Visser
It is with deep sadness we announce that Art passed away peacefully on October 25, 2013 at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. He was born June 25, 1930 to parents Johannes and Hendrina Visser in Ridderkerk, Holland and raised in Oud Alblas, Holland. Following completion of Agricultural College he married and in 1956 immigrated to Canada, landing in Halifax and then travelled by train to Grand Forks, B.C. where his childhood friend, Piet De Haan, had found a sponsor who hired Art for farm labor for a vegetable grower. Following the birth of two daughters the family moved to Armstrong in 1959 as he had accepted a posting with the B.C. Pea Growers. In 1973 Art changed careers and drove truck for Buckerfields for 20 years until his retirement in 1993. Art’s past reflects him as an avid hunter and fisherman, a past member of both the Fish and Game Club and local Legion. The last several years he was a member of the Armstrong Seniors Activity Centre where he posed a real challenge to the other billiard players and was a regular with the local A&W coffee groups. He is survived by his wife Nancy, his two daughters Mary Vollans (Gordon) and Henny Arlitt (Daryl), their mother Marie, step children Tammy Flanders (Ramzi), Tim Flanders (Angie), brothers Kees, Henk, George, and Piet, sisters Corrie and Jannie, nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, his wife’s four grandchildren and great. grandchild, (lovingly known as Opa to all 34), numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, and his many friends, all of whom were an important part of his life. Art was predeceased by his parents in Holland and an infant grandson at Enderby, BC. Cremation will precede a celebration of life to be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1st at Alternative Funeral Services, 2980 Smith Dr., Armstrong, B.C. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may, make contributions in memory of Art to the Alzheimer’s Society at www.alzheimer.ca
or 1-800- 616-8816.