August 21, 2021
1926-2021 ~ Arthur passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on August 21, 2021, in Kelowna BC.
He was born in Piapot, Saskatchewan in 1926, to Arthur and Florence (Unsworth) Jesperson, where he lived until 1937 when the family of eight moved to Sardis, B.C.
As a young man, he worked at various trades including blacksmith, welder, machinist, radio repair, aircraft fitter, Merchant Marine fireman and a short stint at trying to sell used cars.
He enlisted in the Canadian Infantry Corps in 1945 and served until the end of WW2. After demobilization he worked in the Jesperson & Sons Machine Shop in Chilliwack with his father and brothers Les and Allen. He also earned his Pilot’s License.
Arthur began a 35-year career with the RCMP in 1947. He served in Nova Scotia, Edmonton, Regina, Victoria and Ottawa. The majority of his career was in Identification Services including fingerprinting and police photography, and Protective Policing, which included administrative and operational responsibility for the Canadian Bomb Data Centre and the Explosives Disposal Unit implementation program.
Arthur married Doreen Elaine Price in 1953. They had 3 children, Gayle, Brent, and Garth.
Arthur retired from the RCMP in 1982 at the rank of Staff Sergeant Major and moved back to Chilliwack with Doreen and Garth. He worked part time for his brother Allen for several years as a front end/parts person in Jesperson’s Brake & Muffler shop.
Arthur enjoyed leisure time working around the house and yard, RV camping with Doreen, visiting with family, and socializing with friends.
In 2015 Arthur and Doreen relocated to Kelowna to be closer to their daughter Gayle.
Arthur is survived by his loving wife Doreen, his children Gayle (Daniel), Brent (Irena) and Garth (Janine), grandchildren Amber, Jordan, Mark, Derek, Paige and Colby, great grandchild Kassidy, his brother Ivan (Mollie) and many nieces and nephews.
Arthur was always there for his wife and family; he is loved and will not be forgotten.
The family would like to express their appreciation for the wonderful compassionate care he received from the staff at Sun Pointe Village, Kelowna, in the last years of his life.
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