Edward Arthur (Art) TOWNSEND

In loving memory of Edward Arthur (Art) Townsend who passed away in the evening of December 27, 2004 at the age of 78. Art was born on June 7, 1926 in Nelson, BC. The fourth child of Harold and Barbara Townsend. Art is survived by his eldest brother Jack of Vancouver, and predeceased by brother Bill in 2001 and sister Monica in 1974. Art did his schooling in Nelson where he also helped his father with the delivery of match blocks and papers. He sang in the St. Saviours Pro Cathedral Church choir for 10 years, was an avid swimmer with the Nelson swim club, played organized hockey and lacrosse and turned out to be a good goaltender making the rep team in all minor league divisions. A week after his 18th birthday, Art joined the Canadian Army. After full training in the infantry, he joined the Currie Barracks Bugle Band. Because of his age he was not eligible for overseas. He became one of the better buglers and was asked to play at several ceremonial occasions. After the war ended, Art moved back to Nelson and secured a job with Canadian Pacific Express. Art met and married Ruth Kulchyski in 1952. He was then transferred to Revelstoke by C.P. Express and took up residence there. Valerie was born in 1956, Donna came along in 1958 and Jeffrey followed in 1960. Art stayed active in community affairs and was instrumental along with 3 others in keeping Revelstoke Minor Hockey alive and well until the arena burnt down in the late 50’s. He also coached minor hockey, served on the executive of the Royal Canadian Legion as sports chairman and was a charter member of both the Revelstoke Toastmasters Club and Lions Club. In 1960 he joined the then Celgar Limited and was employed by them in varying capacities until 1982. He taught Industrial First Aid for 20 years. In 1970 Art met and eventually married his present wife Eileen. In the early 70’s, Art was transferred to the main Woodlands division in Nakusp and after a few years moved to Burton. Art found work in Castlegar at the pulp mill in 1984 and in 1990 retired from there and continued to make their home in Burton. While living in Burton, Art served on the Burton Hall Board, TV Society, Water Board and was a School Board Trustee for 8 years. Art was an avid fisherman and hunter – his favorite being pheasant hunting and until 2003 had put in 49 continuous years chasing those birds, for which he was very proud. He kept up his bugle practice and participated in Remembrance Day services by playing “The Last Post”. In his retirement years he could be found golfing, swimming at the beach or on the back roads of the Arrow Lakes gathering firewood. He loved and enjoyed his family and will be sadly missed by his wife Eileen, 3 children Valerie Townsend (Tom) of Revelstoke, Donna Fontaine (Bob) of North Vancouver, Jeffrey (Carol) of Castlegar, 4 step-daughters Laurel Taylor (Dwayne Johnston) of Nelson, Pattie Zeleznik (Tom) of Nakusp, Barb Clay (Cor Aarson) of Vernon and Paula Gabor of Vernon, 11 grandchildren Murray, Scott and Kiel McIntosh, Elliot and Lachlan Fontaine, Stephanie and Kirstin Townsend, Brett and Ross Zeleznik, Clinton Clay, Evonna Gabor, and great-grandson Noah McIntosh.