HUGHES, Arthur Wates Strathearn
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5 January 1932 - 14 December 2012
Born in Shanghai, mother concert pianist, father Insurance CEO and "Old China Hand". School in Kobe, fled to grandparents in Nanaimo spring of 1941 with mother & sister Isobel (predeceased 1995). School of Qualicum College. Moved to England 1950. Joined British Army, later commissioned. Stationed at NATO HQ, France. Completed service – Queen's Coronation Medal & US Army Commendation Medal. Returned to Canada. Attended UBC. Player's Club, President Cercle Française, active member Beta Theta Pi. Graduated in Asian Studies. Entered Translator's Program at Alliance Française, Paris, Competent linguist. Then Simon Fraser post-grad in Education. Teacher (Britannia High); Stockbroker (Pemberton Securities); Graphic Designer (freelance); Parking Enforcement (City of Vancouver); semi-retired 1997. Wide interests: Motorcyclist early life, car nut entire life – member several car clubs (ten Best-of-Shows & many Firsts from Vancouver to San Diego with MUSTANG & DATSUN cars), automotive writer (Western Driver), avid numismatist (VNS), Symphony regular (40 years VSO), Jazz & Folk enthusiast (5-string banjo performer & songwriter – SOCAN affiliate), Broadway Show addict, Bard on the Beach since day one, filmgoer & critic (The Courier). Long–time Archivist & Director at Billy Bishop Branch 176 RCL, member of BCR Officer's Mess, Capt., Retired. Awarded Canada SSM in 1995, Queen's Jubilee Medal by MP in 2003, & Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation in 2008 by Minister. Annual Legion "one-man" one- week Poppy Campaign Robson @ Hornby over 12 years (record $20,375 in 2010). Life's proudest moment: Participating with fellow Unitarians in the 1965 MLK Civil Rights March in Alabama. Life- long humanist. Prostate cancer overcome via brachytherapy, coronary occlusion via triple bypass. Never smoked, always fit & "hyperactive". Constant humourist. Only family: niece Felicity Lawson, nephews David & Graham, in Europe. All are most welcome to attend an uplifting & entertaining memorial/wake at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver Oak St @ W 49th Ave., at 2:00 pm on 18 January 2013.
Kearney Funeral Services 604-736-0268.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Dec. 22, 2012