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GOLDSTONE, Arthur William
September 5, 1913 - April 12, 2014
Of North Vancouver, after a full life of 100 years, 7 months and 7 days, died peacefully of heart failure, with his loving daughter Irene by his side in Lions Gate Hospital. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Art is the son of Arthur William and Lena (Wagner). Predeceased by his parents; Ivy, loving wife of 61 years; and older sister Gertrude; survived by daughter Irene of Vancouver; son Kenneth (Jane) of Tokyo; granddaughter Arisa (Joshua), and great-granddaughter Aya of Toronto. As a boy, Art's family moved to Vancouver. In 1930, at 16, following the untimely death of his father, Art joined Canadian General Electric. During World War II, he served in the RCAF as a navigator, 53rd RAF Squadron, North Atlantic anti-submarine patrol; mentioned in a Despatch for distinguished service. Post-war, Art worked for CGE in Vancouver, Winnipeg, London Ontario, Montreal and Ottawa, and again in Vancouver from 1968. An avid and talented photographer, he was an active member of the Anglican church, Kiwanis Club, Vancouver Electric Club and Air Force Officers' Association. Retirement brought travel with Ivy to the US, UK, Europe including Portugal, Greece, Turkey, the former Yugoslavia, and Japan and Thailand. Art was charming, funny, and feisty, and tenacious in his desire to live out his life at home and did so until his brief final hospitalization. Art's family expresses deep appreciation for love and support from family, friends and neighbours and for the care he received from Dr. R. Samborski and Lucy, Jack and staff of Northmont Pharmacy, the home care staff of Vancouver Coastal Health, and Dr. A. Purvis and nursing staff of the Emergency Room and Palliative Care Unit, Lions Gate Hospital. A Celebration of Life will be held in mid- August: family and friends will be advised. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from June 26 to June 29, 2014