Obituary of Arthur Jeffery (1935 – 2021) – Nanaimo, C.-B.

It is with a heavy heart and the best memories that we announce the passing of our father, Arthur Charles Jeffery, on December 7, 2021 in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Dad was born on November 6, 1935 in Lashburn, Saskatchewan and had an incredible life full of love, music, business success and countless adventures.

Dad graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1958 with a degree in Engineering Physics. He worked at Atomic Energy in Deep River, Ontario and Trail, British Columbia. He then gave up his engineering activities to join the family food business known as Safety Mart Foods and Consolidated Grocers in Kamloops, British Columbia.

His adventures have taken him to many places, beginning in his early years as a member of the Kamloops High School Touring Orchestra, playing the saxophone and traveling to Europe. He became an accomplished pianist and although he rarely performed for an audience his talent and dedication was no secret as everyone in the house woke up regularly at 5.30am to the sound of dad practicing his scales. .

Dad was a pilot and was a member of the Kamloops Flying Club for many years. Some of our fondest memories are flying to various “fly-ins” with our dad. He flew his plane across Canada and the Arctic and became skilled in aerobatics. He was passionate about the outdoors and practiced hunting and fishing for many years. Our family also spent many years enjoying our cabin at Tod Mountain, where dad was once a qualified ski instructor. Later in his life his interests turned to sailing and boating. He became an accomplished sailor, exploring the intricacies of the British Columbia coast for many years. He loved travel and especially looked forward to his annual visits to Mexico where he soaked up the sun, frequented Mexican grocery stores and culture.

He was predeceased by his father Arthur Jeffery, his mother Winifred (Spark) Jeffery and his daughter Deborah Jeffery. He is survived by his son David (De) Jeffery of Kamloops, BC, his daughter Janet Jeffery of Nanoose Bay, BC, his beloved sister Elaine (Roger) Webber of Kamloops, C .-B., And his grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Dad has lived his life to the fullest – experiencing both love and loss, and is still looking forward to the next adventure. He will be sorely missed. His family and friends will remember him for his lively intelligence, wit and candor, always tempered by kindness and generosity. He left our family with many wonderful memories to remember him and for that we are truly grateful. A celebration of life will take place in private.

Condolences can be sent to the family at:
arthur-charles-jeffery / 76630

Posted by Kamloops This Week from January 6 to February 5, 2022.

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