Arthur Rex (Art)
Aug. 8, 1925 – Feb.5, 2011
Art passed away peacefully in Royal Jubilee Hospital at the age of 85, with mind alert, but body tired. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Dorayne, 10 years ago and leaves their children, Susan (Russ) Hunter of Port Alice and Rick (Linda) Waterman of Vancouver; grandchildren Shannon, Michael, Eric and David; and great-grandson Ben.
Art was born in Sardis, BC, dabbled in piano and Latin, and worked as a faller in Vancouver Island logging camps in the 1940’s where he learned to swear in Swedish – a skill which helped him to not offend in mixed company, he said. He spent decades as a life insurance executive but his happiest working years were spent as a fishing guide in Campbell River where he would meet many people and share his fondness for words, facts, and chess. A scholar and a gentleman, Art was a creative thinker and a lifelong learner who could stitch a hem or rebuild a car engine equally well. He relished what he could learn from books and a drive to the library with kids in tow was always a special outing. He was known to pass out Lifesavers candy and would always cheerfully say he was feeling “fantastic” even though it was rarely true. Many thanks to Dr. Brian Carswell whose excellent care and attention gave Art’s family so many more years with him.
Safe journey and tight lines, Dad! No service by his request – please raise a glass and remember!
Time goes, you say? Ah, no!
Alas, time stays, we go.