Arthur Albert (Art)
Longtime resident of Campbell River passed away suddenly at his vacation home in Mesa, Arizona on Feb. 19, 2002 at 77 years of age.
Survived by, Eileen, his wife of 48 years; his sister Nora and brother Orval; his daughter Shelley (Bill) Gereluk and his sons Chuck (Marie), John and James; Grandchildren: Robert, Gordon, Richard, April, Sherilyn, Timothy, Shelley Beth and Melissa and Great Grandchild Daelin.
Predeceased by his parents Charles and Hanna, sisters Neva and Lily and brothers; John, Wilfred, Harold, Ernest and Irvin.
Art was born Dec. 5th, 1924 on a farm near Roche Percee, Saskatchewan. He left the family farm in 1948 to move to B.C. After residing on the lower mainland for a time he moved to the Comox Valley where he met and married his life soulmate, Eileen, in 1953.
He worked as a bricklayers helper, service attendant for Bob’s Shell and Manager of the Island Vegetable Co op before finding employment at Elk Falls Mill in 1958. He commuted from Courtenay for a short time before moving to a house on the UBC Farm and then on to Campbell River.
His love of farming and animals led him to buy 17 acres in North Campbell River where he grew large gardens, raised beef cattle, milked cows and chased kids and ponies.
Art was instrumental in the foundation of the 2nd Campbell River Cub Scout Pack and spent many hours organizing and fundraising.
Art and Eileen were also active members of the Ripple Rocket Square Dance Club.
In 1968, with raising cattle no longer viable, Art and Eileen developed Forest Glen Mobile Home Park, which was converted to a Strata Development in 1976.
In 1979 Art took early retirement from Elk Falls Mill and with Eileen built their Dream Home overlooking Discovery Passage.
In 1993 Art, Eileen and Art’s sister Nora visited his ancestral homeland, Sweden.
After travelling south for many winters, by Motorhome, Art and Eileen purchased a modest vacation home in Mesa, Arizona.
Art loved travelling and meeting new people and all who knew him know of his amazing recall and his penchant for telling stories. He will be greatly missed by his large extended family and many friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00p.m. on March 2 at Christian Life Fellowship on Merecroft St.
Art and the entire family are extremely grateful that Eileen was able to receive a Liver Transplant 2 years ago and ask that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the BC Transplant Society.