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FLETCHER, Arthur (Art) Robert

FLETCHER, Arthur (Art) Robert

June 24, 1931 - November 24, 2021

Art was born in Powell River to Robert and Hilda Fletcher and passed away in Kelowna following a brief illness. Art was predeceased by his son Ronald Wayne Fletcher in 1988. He leaves his wife of 63 years, Norma Jean Fletcher, his son Douglas (Pojanakorn), daughter Sandra and daughter Lynne (Andrew); grandchildren Robert, Theresa (Josef) Jeffrey (Ashley), Luke (Ess), David (Larissa), Atchariya (Cavan), Serena and Tyler (Cara); 10 great-grandchildren.

Art gained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UBC, and Master of Education in Administration from the University of Alberta. He spent most of his working life as a high school principal, and later Director of Instruction and Superintendent, living in Creston, Edgewater, Fort St. John, Grand Forks and Lillooet. Following his retirement and move to Kelowna in 1988 he became a very active volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society. For over 30 years Art worked 5 full days a week as a volunteer, contributing with skills and strengths that he had developed throughout his working life. He was proud to be a part of the fundraising and opening of the Southern Interior Rotary Lodge in 1998.

Throughout his life, Art was involved in Scouts Canada, first as a youth, and then in leadership. He has held various positions over the years, including Provincial and Regional Commissioner. In 2001 he was awarded the Silver Wolf, the highest award made by the Scout Association in recognition of most exceptional character to Scouting. Art and Norma were invited to Rideau Hall where Art was presented with the Silver Wolf by Adrienne Clarkson (Governor General). In 2020 he received recognition for 70 years of service. He enjoyed leading local Scout and Venturer groups, attending many Jamborees as Camp Chief, providing leadership training and supporting local and provincial leaders. Often when he travelled to visit his daughter and his grandson in Thailand, he would be invited into schools to share some of his experiences and badges with school children. Right up to the day of his stroke Art was working on coordinating the Interior Region Scout’s Honours and Awards program.

Family was important to Art, and he loved to travel. Each of his grandsons enjoyed a special trip with their grandfather when they were pre-teens, travelling to Thailand, the Maritimes and Ontario. For over 20 years, each summer Art would travel somewhere special after spending months planning and preparing for trips abroad and cruises.

Art has been a well-loved and active member of the Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels, serving as a warden for a season. The Covid-19 pandemic was a struggle in that it kept him away from many of his favourite activists - volunteering, travelling, and attending church. But he quickly became very devoted to looking after Norma, and taking on the household responsibilities, and participating in many Zoom calls with his children and grandchildren. He loved to keep updated on news of his grandchildren and great grandchildren even when he was unable to be with them.

The family would like to sincerely thank the nurses, care team and staff at the Central Okanagan Hospice House. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Scouts Canada, or the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Art.

A service will be held on Saturday, November 27, at 2:00, at St. Michael’s (Richter and Sutherland). Current Covid protocols will be followed. The service will also be live streamed at https://youtu.be/h9gypHH-JLw

Condolence Messages
  • Dec 03, 2021
    My condolences to Norma and family,
    It was always a pleasure to have a visit from Art and Norma,
    while working in the Costco store as a demonstrator. Art always had a smile,
    and always spoke with kind words. He made an impression on all of us.
    Rest In Peace Art, you surely will be missed by all.
  • Nov 27, 2021
    Art Fletcher was a wonderful man and the finest Scouter I have ever known. Kind, generous, supportive, knowledgeable.... a great mentor and a stalwart friend. Forever in my memory. Condolences to family and friends. Gene McIvor
  • Nov 27, 2021
    My sinscere condolences to Art's family. I had many lunches with him and remember his strong family ties along with his professional attitude towards education. He will be missed. Tom Ueda
  • Nov 27, 2021
    My sincere condolences go out to you the family of Mr. Fletcher. He was my high school principal in Creston and a client of mine at my barbershop here in Kelowna. I could never get past calling him anything but Mr. Fletcher. Such a kind gentle generous man who always spoke of his family with such high regard. The trips he took with his daughter were always a big part of our conversation. He was a wonderful man who gave so much to so many. He most certainly will be missed by so so many. RIP Mr. Fletcher
  • Nov 27, 2021
    Dear Norma - and family:
    As you know, we really only got to know you and Art in the midst of Ron’s illness many years ago. I’m so grateful for the relationship we maintained beyond Ron’s death and the numerous visits to see you both in Kelowna during visits to Vancouver.
    Art was an amazing man who touched our lives and our hearts! It was a gift to have known him and it will continue to be a treasure to hold him in our hearts!
    Sending love and prayers to you all,
    Anne & Mark Ireland
  • Nov 26, 2021
    Our hearts go out to you on the passing of your beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. James and I were so sorry to hear this news. May you find hope and confidence in the Risen Christ who shares in your grief and sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you mourn and recall a treasure trove of memories. God bless and keep you in the coming days and years. Peace and Grace, Ruth and James Buenting (formerly from Kelowna)
  • Nov 26, 2021
    Wow! Very sad. Ten years ago, when I started my research into the history of the Scouting movement in the South Okanagan, I visited Art at his Kelowna home. He gave me a copy of his notes regarding Scouting service and other relevant awards. It was a very lengthy list, and gave me the direction I needed for organizing the history. It was all about the people in every town, both adults and youths. Thank you, Art, for putting me on the right track. In a way, the rich Scouting archives in municipal museums of Penticton, Summerland, Naramata, Hedley, Princeton, Oliver, Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls are part of your legacy. RIP. My condolences to his family. Gerry Lamb
  • Nov 26, 2021
    Norma, my heart goes out to you and the family. Art was such a great and compassionate man, giving his all to what he loved. He was such a huge help to me when I wanted to get Honors and Awards up to date for the Trail Rossland District, many years ago. Taught me so much and helped me tweak the applications, as he did with many others. I so looked forward to phone calls and the in person visits when he came to Tweedsmuir!! He has been such an inspiration to so many throughout his many years of excellent service to Scouting and to the Cancer Society. I feel so grateful to call him a friend and colleague in Scouting. He is "Gone Home" but will not be forgotten. Always a spot at the campfires for our mentors!! Rest in Peace Art. Heather & Richard Hamer-Camp Tweedsmuir- Montrose.
  • Nov 26, 2021
    Oh, our hearts feel with you, Lynne as you mourn your dad's passing. It was so special to read about his life in this tribute to him - what a special person. We'll pray you treasure the memories and special times with him and will keep his memory alive for your kids and grandkids. Much love, Marion and Eric Stolte
  • Nov 26, 2021
    Art was a mentour to many within his Scouting Family; I gained so much knowledge from him the few times we interacted in person or via the computer working on Recognition. It is due to Art no one within the Okanagnon ever had to worry about Recognition, Scouter Art was on top of it. Cascadia Council and all of BC/Yukon scouting will feel his absence. Art was the longest current serving Scouter in BC/Yukon and only 3 other Scouters currently have most Adult Scouting service to Scouting in all of Canada. Truly THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!!!!! I'll miss you big time --> Sean Munro National Recognition Network - BC/Yukon Councils, Scouts Canada
  • Nov 26, 2021
    Norma & family. I'm truly saddened to read of Art's passing. He was a very special person especially within the Scouting family. I will always remember Art's positive attitude, personality and leadership skills at many Jamborees I attended throughout the years. He was a true leader and influenced so many Scouters to "do your best". He will be missed but know his legacy will live on. Rest in Peace Art. Al Dalsvaag DC (retired) South Surrey White Rock.
  • Nov 26, 2021
    Art was a great man - always helping out wherever he could. He was selfless and never without a smile. A great sense of humour and just genuine caring of others made him so well liked at the Cathedral. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. He will be missed. Shea McLean
  • Nov 25, 2021
    We are so sad for you, Serena, to learn of the death of your grandfather. What a special man he must have been to you and your family as well as to so many others he influenced over his long lifetime. He loved and was loved. Deep condolences to you and your family, Serena, at this difficult time of grieving. Be kind to yourself. With affection, Shirley and Bob Collins
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