Arthur Lehmann, 85, passed peacefully on April 11, 2013 at Shuswap Lake General Hospital, Salmon Arm, BC. He was born in Riga, Latvia to parents Ludwig and Adele on May 22, 1927. When he was a year old, his parents immigrated to western Canada, first to Bruderheim, Alberta and then to Flatbush and later Westlock, where Arthur’s father farmed. Arthur tried his hand at farming, but showed a mechanical aptitude, so when a job opportunity presented in the Prince George area in British Columbia, he followed up on it. He worked as a millwright in a number of area sawmills and later for Canfor in Prince George. He and his then wife Phoebe raised their family on acreage there. Arthur would live some fifty years in Prince George. He spent his retirement years in the Shuswap/N. Okanagan, first in Tappen on the lakeshore, then in Blind Bay and most recently, Enderby.
Art rarely had a problem filling his hours. He was a hobby prospector. One small holding he worked for some years was in the Barkerville area. He was an avid outdoorsman, a lover of the sun, always well tanned during the warm season, and supporter of that life-style. He was a keen photographer for much of his life. He was a versatile handyman as well, spending countless hours in his shop through the years. He was a great “fixer” of items that needed a restorative touch. He was also a part of a network comprising his large extended family, and friends, with whom he kept a regular computer linking.
Art met Carol as a single father and together they parented a blended teenage family until they were out on their own. Art and Carol were together several decades and parted amicably, remaining so from that time on. In the mid 90’s Art met and married his wife and best friend, Jean, the couple enjoying many like interests through the years since.
Art will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Jean, his three children, Edward (Sandra), Calgary, Louise, Nanaimo, and Linda (Bill), Prince George. He is also survived by one sibling, his sister Elfriede (Dennis), Surrey, her son Gary (Mirja), Langley, his first wife, mother of his children, Phoebe (John) Nipawin, SK, Carol, Salmon Arm, and her children, Helen, Prince George, Karen, Malakwa, and Harry (Sandra), Victoria as well as Jean’s children Howard (Tamara), Barrie, ON, Heather (Mark), Milwaukee, WI, Joanne (Martin), Green Bay, WI, and grandchildren, Daniel, Delta, Shyla, Prince George, Kelli, Prince George, Patti, Prince George, Mindy (Eric), Calgary, Jamie (Mike), Kelowna, Brittany, Calgary, Jesse, Burnaby, Joe and Nick, Green Bay, Noah and Noelle, Milwaukee and Jack and Eva, Barrie, ON. One great-grandchild, Sarah, Prince George. Great-nephews Harry and Aarne, Langley, and Jean’s nephew Gordon (Janice), Salmon Arm, their family Noah, Avery and Robin, Jean’s brother, Bill (Judy), Langley, and her sisters Elizabeth (Arnold), Thunder Bay, ON, Ruth and Donna in Tappen, and their families.
Predeceased by his parents, one nephew, John, and step-grandson Richard.
A celebration of Arthur’s life is planned for a later date.