July 19, 1931 to December 15, 2015
Art passed away peacefully on December 15, 2015 in Vernon with his family by his side. Art is survived by his loving wife Ruth of 57 years, sons Ken (Carleen), Don (Jennifer), grandchildren Kevin, Katie, Shauna, Chelsea, Kurtis, Mike and Chris, great grandchildren Natalie, Maddie, Annie, Jayce, Sawyer, Abby, Leah and Bronson and his brother Bernard (Clare) of Santa Rosa, California. Art was predeceased by his parents Ada and Melvin as well as his brother Gordon. Art was born and raised in Kimberley, BC. After finishing high school, Art worked for Cominco briefly and then joined the Navy in 1951 where he spent five years on the aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent. He then returned to Kimberley in 1956. Art met and married Ruth Williams in 1958 and they remained in Kimberley where they raised their two sons. Art continued to work for Cominco in the Geology department until his retirement in 1989. Art held his private pilot’s license and was part owner of a small plane that he loved to fly. Art also enjoyed hunting, fishing and all the Kootenays had to offer. After retiring from Cominco, Art and Ruth moved to Vernon where they spent the last 23 years enjoying the Okanagan, what Art considered to be Paradise, as well as many wonderful hours on the Spallumcheen Golf Course. He will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. The family would like to extend our gratitude to the caring staff at Polson and Noric extended care facilities. Thank you for taking such good care of our beloved Art over the last nine months. There will be no service as per Art’s request.
“Fly with the angels, you dear sweet man!”