ARTHUR EDWARD  CHRISTENSEN
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Saturday
6
April

Memorial Service

1:00 pm
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Cropo Funeral Chapel
1442 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Obituary of ARTHUR EDWARD CHRISTENSEN

Arthur Edward Christensen

Dec, 23, 1916 – December 30, 2018

 

Arthur passed away peacefully on December 30, 2018 at the age of 102.

 

He leaves behind his daughters Linda (Bob), Diane and son Niels (Laurie), granddaughter Cheryl and great grandson Cash as well as several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his loving wife Irene (1988), brothers Gunnar, George, and sisters Ann and Elsie.

 

He served his country as Battery Sergeant Major, 6th Field Regiment, 13th Battery, Royal Canadian Army.  He was a Gunner.  He married Irene Rolfe in 1940 and headed to war shortly afterward.  He served in Britain.

 

After the war, Dad was one of 55 other veterans who founded and settled his beloved community Rivercrest in 1946.  Dad started his career as a clerk with the then Unemployment Insurance Commission and retired as Acting Manager of Canada Manpower & Immigration. Winnipeg Office.  He retired in 1974 after 30 years.

 

Mom and Dad loved to travel and took several trips and Hawaii and Phoenix were the favourites.   Dad & Diane also took several trips to faraway places and always had a great time.

 

Dad loved to Curl and as skip he never forgot the thrill of his team’s famous ‘Eight-Ender’.  He was also a loyal Blue Bomber fan holding season tickets for many years and he loved to host Grey Cup parties.

 

He will be forever remembered for his many contributions to his community and he was a true leader.  He spent 21 years on West St. Paul council, 10 years as councilor and 11 years as Reeve.

 

His accomplishments were many and they comprise (in no particular order):  1st Pres. Rivercrest

Community Club; Chairman, Group Committee, Boy Scouts; Chief Ranger, Can. Order of Forresters; President, Royal Canadian Legion; Chairman, Mayors and Reeves Assoc. of Greater Winnipeg; Deputy Chairman, Civil Defense Board; Civilian Member, East/West St. Paul Police Commission; President and founding member, West St.Paul Curling Club; President, 100 Club; Member Army Benevolent Fund; President of The Last Post Fund for 15 years; Founding member West. St. Paul Fire Department.  He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 76 years.

 

His many awards include:  Honorary Citizen, City of Winnipeg; Community Service Award, City of Winnipeg; Canada 100 Medal; Canada 125 Medal; Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal,  a park in River’s Edge Estate was dedicated to Arthur E. Christensen, Reeve, by the Municipality of West St. Paul.

 

Dad’s last 8 months of life were spent living at Middlechurch Home, just a stone throw from his old municipal office.  Sincere thanks go out to Lynn and Tracy and all the other angels on B2 for the loving care they gave to our Dad during his stay with them.

 

When asked for his secret to such a long life, he would always reply “Everything in Moderation”.

 

In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Manitoba Branch.

 

A Memorial Service celebrating Arthur’s life will take place on Saturday, April 6th at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street, at 1:00 p.m.

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