Arthur (Art) J Williams

With great sadness the family of Arthur

(Art) Williams announce his passing on

Friday Sept. 29, 2006. Art was born Oct.

12, 1915 in Tribune, Saskatchewan on the family homestead. The Williams family were very musical. Art and his brothers formed an orchestra and played for dances all around the area. In 1934 the family moved to Prairie River in northern Saskatchewan. Art and his brothers began playing for dances in that area also. In 1939 he and a buddy of his entered a Radio Talent Show. Which was the start of many Talent Shows he entered over his life. Art’s real love was the violin but he decided to try his hand at the banjo. Art ordered a banjo from the Eaton’s catalogue, he walked 15 miles into Prairie River to pick it up and 15 miles back. His father told him it was the craziest thing he had ever done he said you’ll never pay for it. It cost $29.95. Well Art played for dances and it wasn’t too long before it was paid for. Art joined the armed forces in 1943 he took his basic training in Prince Albert Saskatchewan. He was then shipped overseas. He served in England until February 1946. While he was overseas he met his future wife Joyce Hanagan. They were married Sept. 28, 1947. He began working for the CPR in 1952 and worked for them until his retirement in 1980. His job took him and his family all over southern Saskatchewan. They moved 13 times until January of 1969 when they moved to Shaunavon where they lived for 18 years. While in Shaunavon both Art & Joyce were very active in the Legion. They were tireless volunteers Art played for many dances in the Legion Hall while Joyce helped out in the kitchen. In 1987 Art and Joyce decided to move to Vernon. Art became and avid member of the Back Yard Band and the Vernon Old Time Fiddlers. The Back Yard Band played at the PNE in Vancouver in 1989. Unfortunately Art suffered his first stroke two days before and was

unable to play. The rest of the members encouraged him to come along anyway and sing with them. Art worked hard exercising his hand and was able to return playing with the band. He loved to play for

residents in care homes. They were so happy to hear old time music. Art lived two years at Orchard Valley Retirement Community until failing health caused him to move to Enderby and finally to Alexander Wing where he lived until his death. Art was predeceased by his mother, father, 7 sisters, 2 brothers and a son-in-law. Left to mourn his passing are his sister Ethel Brayford, of Radville, Sk. his wife Joyce Williams, his children Terry of Prince George, B.C., Lucille of Prince George, B.C., Wendy of Christopher Lake, Sk. He also leaves 4 grand children, Becky (Phil) of Prince George and Matt of Vancouver, Clinton of Christopher Lake and Angele (Chris) of Winnipeg, Man., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. His family would like to thank the staff at the Alexander Wing for the loving care they gave Dad. They would also like to thank Dr. Williams for the care he gave to Dad. Friends and relatives are invited to join the family for memorial service at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home 4303 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon, B.C. Friday, Oct. 6, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home. 542-4333.

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