January 4 1927 August 29 2012 Arthur Fraser Vallis was born in New Jerusalem, NB on January 4th 1927 and died, with family at his side, August 29, 2012. The family would like to thank the Palliative Care team at St. Paul's hospital for the care they gave to Art in his final weeks. A generous, kind and ethical man, his passing leaves a void in the lives of family and friends. Predeceased by his first wife Joan (nee Mitchell), Art is survived by: his loving wife Marian Reid, his sister Helen MacKay (Stewart), his sons Ron (Julie Hicks), John (Andrea) and Blair (Claudia Gerber) and his beautiful grand-daughters Sonya, Elaine, Marlena and Eliza.
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Art was a master teacher and a highly respected administrator. In the 60's Art and other teachers started a program "Painting in the Parks" for children. He was past president of the Vancouver Elementary Administrators' Association, the BC Arts in Education Council and the Vancouver Retired Teachers 'Association. He was an instructor and Past Commander for the Seymour Power Squadron , a founding member of the False Creek Yacht Club and an avid boater. Retired for many years, Art and Marian traveled extensively around the world and made many lasting friends.
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
Art's life has ended; the effect of it will continue to unfold.
A service of Remembrance will be held for Art, at McKenzie Elementary School auditorium (960 East 39th Ave. Vancouver) on Sunday September 23rd at 1:00 p.m. followed by a Reception at the False Creek Yacht Club (1661 Granville)
Donations in memory of Art Vallis can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Sept. 8, 2012