Art passed away peacefully in Victoria, January 8, 2014 after a two-month decline. Born in Melville, Saskatchewan on July 20, 1919, to George and Edith Bryce (nee Bruce) he was predeceased in 2012 by his wife Kay (nee Morrison), and leaves behind: daughters Wendy (Bob), Joanne (Brewis), and Shelley (Gavin); son Alan (Uta); grandchildren Shannon (Mark), Darin (Bri), Sam, Kaia, Keito, and Taise; and great-grandchildren Luke, Graeme, Madi, Grady, and Maelle. He also leaves behind a host of friends from yesteryear and yesterday. Art, along with brothers Hugh, Al, Ron and sister Muriel, grew up in hardscrabble Saskatchewan villages during the Great Depression, enduring (according to legend) drought and dust, clouds of locusts, bitter cold, fiercely drifting snow and porridge at all meals. After studying agriculture at U of S and serving as an air force navigation instructor in the the war, Art headed to Vancouver, and several years later, with Kay, to Victoria. A natural soft-sell salesman, Art became Mr. Buckerfields for many Island dairy farming families. Always passionate about singing, Art sang in choral groups and could always be counted on to burst into song. (In hospital mere days before passing he surprised us with a spirited version of All of Me.) Upon retirement, Art and Kay enjoyed many a journey in their beloved motorhome, ocean cruises, and most of all, their family, as well as friends at Falcon Ridge and elsewhere. Art's last year, at Berwick House, was joyous as he made new friends to the end.
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A memorial service to celebrate Art's life will be held at First Memorial on Falaise Drive, Victoria, on Tuesday, January 14 at 2:00 p.m. Please join us.
Published in The Times Colonist on Jan. 12, 2014