Arthur Frank Lambeth was born in Calgary, Alberta on June 20, 1927 and died peacefully in Vernon Jubilee Hospital on May 12, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. Art was predeceased by his wife of over 50 years, Thelma, in 2003 and is survived by his son, Bruce (Jeannie) Lambeth of Billings, Montana and daughters, Bonnie (David) Green of Vernon and Tracy (Sarah) Lambeth-Scott of Vernon; granddaughters: Corinne (Carey) Burns, Amy Lambeth, Mandy (Brad) Horath, Damaris Stevens; 4 great-grandsons: Dustin, Bryan, Taylor, and Tucker; 2 brothers, William of Sydney B.C. and Albert of Calgary; 2 sisters, Joyce and Kathie, both of Calgary, and many nieces, nephews and extended family members. Art is survived by his companion Vera Gillette of Vernon and her son Gordon (Lynn) Gillette of Williams Lake and their family.
Art worked for the Alberta Forest Service for 35 years during which time the family lived in various parts of Alberta with his final posting, for 20 years, in Edson. In 1978 Art and Thelma retired to Pender Island, B.C. and enjoyed many years living on Pender in the summer and Yuma, Arizona in the winter. Art was very involved in the Good Sams (lifetime member), Masonic Lodge (Edson) and with the Royal Canadian Legion and had the honor of becoming a life member of the Legion Branch #239 Pender Island. Art enjoyed curling, golf and shuffleboard. In 1990, Art and Thelma moved to Oliver,B.C. and continued to be “snowbirds” for many years. Art enjoyed over 33 years of retirement and enjoyed wine making, gardening, RVing, fishing and collecting plates and coins and was game for anything that was on the go. In Jan. 2011, Art moved to Vernon to the Victorian Seniors Retirement Residence.
Art was an honourable, gracious man. He lived his life believing you get back what you give out and had hundreds of friends from all walks of life. Art was compassionate and non-judgmental. He had a sense of humor and a joyful spirit that stayed with him right to his last day. Art touched many hearts and he made a difference in many people’s lives in this world. Art loved life to its fullest.
Art’s family would like to thank Dr. Schuch for his kindness and care of Dad and his family during this difficult time, and to all of the staff and nurses on 3 West at VGH and Arts private nurse, Lynda Reith. “Many Thanks and God Bless”
A Memorial will take place June 3, 2011 at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home in Vernon at 2 pm followed by a “Celebration” at the Victorian Retirement Residence at 3306 22nd Street at 3 pm. Everyone is welcome.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation ear-marked for Continuing Education.
Arrangements have been entrusted to:
PLEASANT VALLEY FUNERAL HOME
Condolences may be offered at www.pleasantvalleyfh.com