Long-time resident of Nanoose Bay.
Passed away peacefully November 1, 2002
Born in Manchester, England in 1916, Art came to Vancouver Island as a young boy. The son of Alice and Leonard Hambrook, he grew up packing groceries and riding motorbikes around Port Alberni.
He joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1942, served until 1945, and was recognized for his service on D-Day. After spending more than 30 years working in the woods he loved at Northwest Bay, he devoted himself to gardening and keeping the local library short of Len Deighton and Ken Follett novels.
He is remembered with love and laughter by Margaret, his wife of 58 years; his three daughters, Elaine Ostrom (Andy) of Squamish, Diane Belyk (Robert) of Port Coquitlam, and Sheri Grierson (David) of Victoria; his sister Olive and brother-in-law Menno Bartsch of Victoria, nephew Terry and niece Dawn. Grandpa Hambrook will also be greatly missed by Drew, Peter, Heather, Eryn, Patrick, Graeme, Dezarai and Jessica.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff of Emergency and ICU at Nanaimo Regional Hospital. No service at Art’s request.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 49 Bursary Fund would be much appreciated.