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KURZ, Arthur


(October 22, 1929 - May 11, 2012)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Arthur Kurz. Art was born on February 24, 1923 in Central Butte, Saskatchewan and passed away peacefully at Royal Columbian Hospital on April 16, 2009.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lila, of 52 years; children: Bud (Heidi), Alana Nordstrand (Doug), Karl (Ellen), and Eileen Burke (Mike); grandchildren: Emily, Celina, Brett, Amber, Kaya, Tara, Angela, and Ryan.

He attended Normal School in Moose Jaw in 1940-41; then taught at Grand View School to the end of 1941, when he enlisted in the RCAF, and was stationed in Canada from 1942 - 45.

After his discharge, he attended UBC and received a BA in 1949 and a BEd in 1954.

Art will be best remembered as a teacher in Yarrow from 1953 to 1983, and anyone who grew up there during that time probably had Mr. Kurz as a teacher. Who can forget the way Mr. Kurz told kids to get to class (now!), his crew cut, a different tie everyday, or leading Barker House in its house song?

Art also put in many volunteer hours during his 19 years on the Yarrow Water Board, and was a member of the Chilliwack Kinsmen.

Art and Lila had only recently moved to the Residences at Belvedere in Coquitlam this past September.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 27th, 2009, at 2:00 PM at the Burkeview Chapel, 1340 Dominion Avenue, Port Coquitlam, BC (next to Art Knapp's).

Our thanks to Dr. Michael Paletta and staff at RCH for the care provided to Art over the past month.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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