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: 403-243-8200Print This Obituary & Condolences