Arthur David Stearn

Art passed away in Chilliwack on January 21, 2015. He was born in Yorkton, SK on January 16, 1921 to Walter and Margaret (Drynan) Stearn, and had six brothers and three sisters: Nellie, William, Walter, Gertrude, James, John, Ernest, George and Gwen. In 1936 Art hired on with the CPR and learned telegraphy. In 1939 & 40 he took volunteer training with the 64th artillery. Upon being accepted he spent one year in the RCAF, then in December 1941 transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy as a telegrapher, serving on ships HMCS Calgary, Assiniboine, Tordo, Armentiers and the Hetherington. He was discharged in October 1945, returning to Yorkton. Art resigned from the CPR in October 1945 and hired out as an agent on the CNR in November 1945. In the meantime he had met Caroline McLachlan and they were married in 1946. They have a daughter Phyllis, living in Chilliwack, BC and a son Hugh, married to Barbara Bauer, living in Saskatoon, SK and they have one son, David, and one daughter, Heather, deceased. While he was a CNR agent at Fenwood, SK for 14 years, Art was also the Sec-Treasurer of the village for several years. After becoming the Past Master of the Melville Masonic Lodge, he became their Sec-Treasurer, and after serving as the First Principal of the Royal Arch Masonic Lodge, also became their Sec-Treasurer, serving in that capacity for both Lodges for several years. He retired from the CNR in Melville in 1981. In 1984 they moved to Chilliwack. He joined the Royal Canadian Legion in 1945 and after moving to Chilliwack in 1984, joined the Chilliwack Senior Veterans Society in 1985 becoming the President in 2002 and 2003. He has always enjoyed dancing, golf and playing cards. Art is survived by his daughter Phyllis, son Hugh, daughter-in-law Barbara, grandson David, sister Gwen and numerous nieces and nephews.

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