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BISHOP, Arthur A., AFC, DFM, BA, LLB

June 18, 1922 – February 20, 2014

With sadness the family of Arthur Bishop announce his passing on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at the great age of 91.

Arthur was born in New Minas, Nova Scotia to Henry and Lillian Bishop (nee Turner). He volunteered for service in 1940 and began his flight training in Ontario. He initially served with the RAF and completed one tour of operations (30 sorties) and converted 50 pilots to Stirling bombers. After leave he returned to England to serve with the RCAF. There he flew another tour (20 sorties) on Lancaster and Halifax III bombers and returned home forever privately scarred by the war. He took advantage of the education provided to veterans and obtained a BA from Acadia and an LLB from Dalhousie University. During this time he met his sweetheart Jean Reid of Windsor, Nova Scotia and they wed in 1948. After a year of articling in Lunenburg the couple moved west to Edmonton in 1952, eventually settling in Calgary in 1953. He worked for Canada Cities Service Petroleum Ltd. before striking out on his own in 1963. He started Gemini, Fulcrum, and Bishop Minerals Ltd. He was one of the first grouping brokers of ten year leases in the oil industry. After selling Bishop Minerals he moved to the Turks and Caicos Islands where he started a law firm in 1976. He owned six small planes over the years and he and Jean flew down to “Provo” over 25 times. After a heart attack in 1985 he began walking around Glenmore Park daily and kept the habit going for over 20 years. He built a hangar at the Sundre airport in 1987 that he enjoyed until 1994.

Arthur is survived by his daughters and their families: Nancy and Wayne Smith and grandchildren Conrad and Sterling; Sally and Adrian Haggis, and grandchildren Reid and Ella. He was predeceased by his wife Jean in 2009. He kept in touch with relatives and many friends he met over the years from not only Calgary but England, Nova Scotia, Ontario, the Turks and Caicos and elsewhere. He will be sadly missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Centennial Calgary Branch 285 (9202 Horton Road S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire a donation in Arthur’s name can be made to The Calgary Poppy Fund and Veteran’s Food Bank at Suite 1, 4599 6th Street N.E. Calgary, AB T2E 3Z6, www.calgarypoppyfund.com

The family wish to thank Boranic and the C3 program at Carewest Sarcee who monitored his health and care over the last few years, providing much appreciated companionship and support.

In living memory of Arthur Bishop, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200

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  1. Pam and Mel Johnston :

    Wayne, Nancy and Families We are sorry for your loss. May your fond memories of your dad help you get through this difficult time.

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  2. I knew your Dad (better known as The Commander) because I worked for his law firm in the Turks and Caicos. I cried when I heard of his passing as he was such a great, great man. He will be forever remembered for his great sense of humour and the twinkle in his eye. I am so sorry for your loss and the loss for those of us who knew him and loved him.

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  3. Jim & Pamela O'Hoski :

    Saddened to hear of Art’s passing. Condolences to Nancy & Sally and your families. Even when you know death is creeping up it is still very difficult to lose a father and grandfather.
    Thinking of all of you.
    Best wishes,
    Pamela

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  4. Debra Hatfield :

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. Our parents had some good times together when they were young. It is hard to imagine they are no longer with us.

    Best Wishes,
    Debra Hatfield (Walter Hatfield’s daughter)

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  5. Norma (Grant) Mitchell :

    I am so sorry to hear Art has passed away Nancy and Sally. He was one great guy. I have many wonderful memories of all the good times spent with your dad and mum during my years in Calgary. With sincere sympathy to you and your families.

    Chester Basin, Nova Scotia

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  6. Richard and Marina Potter :

    We were saddened to learn of Art’s passing. We always looked forward to his visits as he and Marina always had fun teasing each other about childhood days in the Annapolis Valley. I have not seen him since he articled with my father in Lunenburg, so opportunities to learn more about cousins living elsewhere in Canada were very special. His sense of humor and zest for life were contagious. I am sure he will be missed by his family, those who knew him, worked with him and flew with him.

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  7. John Henderson :

    I was very sorry to learn about Arthur and wish to extend my sympathy to you, his family, during this difficult time. I met Arthur some years ago during our walks in opposite directions around the north side of the Glenmore Reservoir, and we often stopped for short, interesting talks on a multitude of topics. Arthur and these meetings will live on in my memory.

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  8. Shelagh Gregory Royal Park Residence :

    Arthur was a gallant and chivalrous gentleman. He well be remembered for the vigorous imprint of a well-lived life.

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  9. Helen Mackay and Josie Downs :

    Sally and Nancy,
    We are so sorry to hear of Art’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

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  10. A life well lived Art, thank you for all of your kindness, laughs, and insights.

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  11. Colonel (ret'd) Lee S Thompson :

    I was the accountant at Cities Service when Art was Counsel and Chief Landman. I always had great respect for Art not only because of Cities Service but because of his military service. I spent 38 years in the Reserve Army and never fired a shot in anger while Art was in combat for two tours and yet he always showed a keen interest in my military career and was very supportive when it was not really fashionable to be in the Military. His contributions to the Oil and Gas Industry are legendary and yet he remained, to me, just a great friend and a great Canadian. My sincere condolences to all the family, you can be very proud of Arthur’s accomplishments just as I am
    Most sincerely
    Lee S Thompson

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  12. Judi Willis & Malcolm Bell :

    Our deepest sympathy Nancy and Sally. We met your Dad, or “Mr. B” as we called him at Glenmore Park on our numerous walks. We were honored to know your Dad. We loved his stories, his wit, his humour, and always the twinkle in his eye. He will be in our hearts always.

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  13. Stanley (Sam) Milne :

    My family and I of New Minas NS, wish to offer our sincere condolences to the family of Arthur A. Bishop, formally of New Minas NS. Our family had a Auto Dearlership in New Minas NS from 1939 – 2000 and when Arthur came home to visit, he would come in to see us including my late father Laurie Milne. We were always pleased to see him and were proud to know him and his family.

    God Bless Stanley (Sam) A. Milne and Family.

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  14. Honourable Nick Taylor :

    Many long years ago in the early fifties I worked with Art at Cities Service, growing to appreciate his hard work and honesty tempered by a sly sense of humour. Art, you have been an asset to Alberta. God speed and God Bless.

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