Arthur Abbs Perrey
(October 21, 1925 – August 25, 2016)
Art passed away in the early hours of August 25, 2016 at the age of 90 with his two daughters, Susan and Barbara by his side.
Art was born on a farm in Comox, now the site of CFB Airforce Base, Comox. Art served in the Canadian Air Force, joining Air-Sea Rescue in 1943. After discharge in 1945, he served three years with the Merchant Marines, sailing around the world. In 1948 Art and his twin brother, Dick moved to 100 Mile House, B.C., returning to the Cariboo where their parents had homesteaded near Big Bar in the late 1800’s, and remained there until retirement in 1979.
He lived his remaining years in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island. The combination of self-sufficiency, love of adventure, and hard work resulted in a variety of opportunities throughout life. Art had a knack for learning how to do just about anything he took an interest in from flying, building boats and aircraft, constructing buildings, gardening and grafting fruit trees, ranching and many other talents. He loved the outdoors and never failed to appreciate the beauty of his surroundings.
Art and his brother built and operated the Standard Oil Bulk Plant in 1950 followed by the Chevron Gas Station in 1953 and went on to further real estate development and sales, along with many other ventures over the years.
Art believed strongly in community and was active serving as president of the Chamber of Commerce, president of the Legion, Lions Club, and as 4-H Club Leader, along with many other volunteer activities.
Art married the love of his life, Veda in 1955 and the couple lovingly raised three daughters on their ranch at Horse Lake (the Skadays place). Sadly, he was predeceased by Veda in November, 2015 and his daughter, Debbie in 1999.
Art is deeply missed by his daughters Barbara and Susan, his older sister, Jane, and his twin brother, Dick, along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A special thank you to the compassionate and caring staff at Dovehill House, Island Health, and to Dr. Lisinski. Art’s ashes will be spread upon the ocean joining those of Veda and Debbie. Art said many times, “I could not have asked for a better life.”
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