With heavy hearts and great sadness, we announce the passing of
March 7, 1932 – February 22, 2012
He fought a valiant battle with cancer with courage, strength and stubbornness. Spirtually he has joined his parents Meta and Arthur; brothers Karl & Wilhelm Bolch.
Arthur is lovingly remembered by his wife of 54 years, Mary Bolch; daughters Cathy, Janet (Dave) & Nancy (Reg), son, Peter and many relatives and friends.
Arthur was born in Hockenheim, Germany on March 7, 1932 where he grew up as a child. By the age of 19, he envisioned a new life and adventure and moved from Germany arriving in Canada on December 29, 1951. Art developed new language and work skills after settling in Noranda, Quebec where he worked underground in the Noranda mines. Several of his great stories originate from that experience. Art spent his spare time hunting, fishing, trapping and curling. He loved Canada and he spoke of his adventures in Noranda excitedly stating it was like living in the Wild West. At age 26, he married and started a family. In search of another challenge and adventure, Arthur and his family moved to the West Coast, settling in Squamish in August 1967 where he took up work in the Anaconda mine in Britannia Beach and later at the Woodfiber Pulp Mill. In September 2006, Art and Mary moved to the perfect retirement area location at Qualicum Beach.
Art liked to garden and developed his hobby in his own back yard where he spent hours growing his favorite vegetables. He had a deep appreciation for all the community growers and farmers and loved to buy their products accompanied to a long conversation with the vendor. Art was a proud and private man, who had, in his own words, “a great life”. He will be missed, always loved, but we are comforted that he has “gone fishing and gardening.”
A celebration of Arthur’s life will be held March 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Yates Funeral Service, 1000 Allsbrook Road, Parksville, BC., 1-250-248-5859
Condolences and any memories can be shared with the family by visiting www.yatesfuneral.ca.