January 29, 1929 – April 13, 2010
It is with sadness in our hearts that we share the news of Art’s passing. He had been ill for some time, and knowing that he is now at peace in his new heavenly home allows us to move forward and remember the happy times we shared.
Born on a cold winter’s day in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Art was a hard-working farm boy, the eldest of 4 siblings. After high school, he joined the RCMP, where he achieved Staff Sgt. status over his 25 year career, spent mostly in the Vancouver area. He worked for another 10 years as a Special Investigator for ICBC before retiring to the Okanagan and his lakeside paradise. Always one for adventure, Art participated in many interesting (and sometimes painful) experiences in his lifetime. He could be described as a “man’s man” but those who knew Art well understood that under his seemingly hard exterior was a heart of gold.
He was predeceased by his parents John and Mary, his brother George, and his two infant sons John and Bruce.
Left to remember him is his loving wife Eleanor (nee Andres), to whom he was married for 55 years; his children John (Denise) Wafler and Karen (Darrell) Fentiman; his grandchildren Michael and Leah Wafler, Travis, Kendra, Samaya and Kye Fentiman. In addition, he leaves his brother Rae and sister Eleanor as well as many nieces and nephews.
A Service of Remembrance will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Vernon Hospice House would be gratefully appreciated.