Early Tuesday morning, at the age of 97, Arthur “Art” Stephenson entered peacefully into the presence of his Saviour whom he loved so much. We know he was eagerly looking forward to being reunited with our mom Laura, whom he adored. Art and Laura were married for 67 years until Laura’s passing almost four years ago. Art was a faithful follower of Jesus who will be remembered for his dedication to prayer, generosity, wisdom, and service. Art was predeceased by his beloved wife, Laura and his eldest daughter, Dawna Joy. He is survived by his daughter, Sharon Nelson; his sons Murray (Gwen) Stephenson, and Don (Sandra) Stephenson. Art leaves behind eight blessed grandchildren, Jana (Patrick) DesRochers, Rosanne (Jay) Bakker, Jordan (Monika) Nelson, Scott (Bethany) Stephenson, Tim (Meryk) Stephenson, Brian (Amy) Stephenson, Dianna Stephenson, and Jennifer (Josh) Goosen. His legacy continues with ten great-grandchildren and two more on the way.
Art was born in Brantford, Ontario and decided to follow Christ at the age of 14. Art enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, believing that protecting his country was something God wanted him to do. During his training, he was stationed in Edmonton where he met Laura. That night, he shared with a friend, “Today I met the girl I want to marry.” After the war, Art and Laura were married in 1947. He finished his Masters degree and the couple moved to Sarnia, Ontario to accept a position as a research chemist with Imperial Oil. Art worked for Imperial for 34 years, finishing his career in Calgary. He faithfully loved his wife and children. He was also deeply involved in the church in various roles such as a Deacon and Treasurer, and a teacher of a “young adults class” together with Laura. After retirement, Art took on various administrative roles in mission and church organizations. In 1998, Art and Laura moved to Calgary and continued to involve themselves in church and volunteer activities. Art’s greatest act of love was caring for his wife, Laura, until she passed away in 2014. He missed her greatly but carried on living in his own home until a fall in 2017 took him to the hospital and then to Carewest Colonel Belcher. He received excellent care until he was called to his true Home last week. Dad, Grandad, Great Grandad, uncle, brother and friend, you have touched many lives and you will be deeply missed.
If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to The Gideons International In Canada (501 Imperial Road North, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1H 6T9; 519.823.1140; http://www.gideons.ca/).