ART BOOTH SR. of Ladysmith B.C. passed away suddenly at his home on Evening Cove, BC on April 30th, 2015.
Art was born in Toronto on September 16th, 1936. He moved to Hawkestone, Ontario with his parents and met his first wife Marlyn Dusome whom he married and had four wonderful children, Art Booth Jr, Janet (Darroch) Booth, Gordon Booth, and Beverley Booth (Daniels).
Next to his family, Art’s greatest love was flying. His first flying lessons were in Florida when he was 16, and then he continued his lessons at Lake St John in Orillia. He bought his first plane and helped to start the Orillia Flying Club.
Art’s father started Booth Appliance in 1959 and was later joined by his two sons, Art and Ernie. Booth Appliance later became Booth Furniture, and Art later left the business to pursue his flying career.
In 1975, Art headed to Northern Ontario to be a bush pilot with Ontario Northern Airways. He met his second wife Mary Lou (Landry) there. Art’s flying career carried on with Leuenberger Air Services, but Art wasn’t satisfied flying for somebody else. It wasn’t long before the family bought O’Sullivan Lake Resort and started Wings North Fly-in Outfitters out of Nakina, Ontario. Art, his wife, and his sons flew or worked at the business until it sold in 1992, and Art and Mary Lou retired to Vancouver Island.
Art was predeceased by his beloved son, Gordon Jeffrey Booth of Vancouver, BC; his parents, Mona and Arthur Booth of Hawkestone, Ontario; and, most recently, his favorite Siberian Husky, Hunter, who died the day before.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; son, Art Jr. (Dawn); daughters, Beverley (Gerard) Daniels and Janet (Kevin) Darroch; grandchildren, Matthew and Kassandra Booth, Maya and Ben Daniels, and Jake and Liam Darroch. He is also survived by his brother, Ernie Booth, and four sisters, Marlene (Jack) Mawdsley, Yvonne (Jim) Smith, Faye (Bob) Cornish, and Shirley (Burt) Whalen.
After retiring on the seaside in Ladysmith, BC, Art enjoyed many happy years of flying, travel, camping, boating, and fishing with his son and grandson, and lots of good times with family and friends.
Keep that prop turning, Artie, until we meet again.