Arthur Nathaniel Ripley (65) passed away at Rosedale Hospice, Calgary, Alberta, on August 12, 2013 after a lengthy illness. Born in Londonderry, Nova Scotia, he was the son of Arthur and Nellie (Dewar) Ripley. He received his elementary education in Londonderry, later attended Oxford Regional High School, and in 1969 graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences.
He was employed for some years in retail oil and gasoline sales in Nova Scotia and Alberta before becoming co-owner of Golden Reddi Mart in Golden, British Columbia, where he was active in a variety of community volunteer organizations. He coached soccer and baseball, participated for some years in Citizens’ Patrol, and, with his business partner Miles Stephens, annually hosted a Stampede Breakfast for the town. He was an avid golfer and fisherman, happiest when enjoying outdoor activities alone or in the company of friends.
He will be lovingly remembered by his sisters, Ida, Montreal, Ruth (Ross) Charette, Brossard, Quebec, sister-in-law, Beverly (Donald) Ripley-Hall, Malagash, Nova Scotia, and brother, John, Montreal. Mourning the loss of a favourite uncle are his nieces, Anita Ripley (Darren) Miller, Brookfield, Nova Scotia, and Jessica Ripley (Steven) Soifer, Stittsville, Ontario, nephew, Anthony (Suzanne) Ripley, Ham Lake, Minnesota, grand-nieces Abagail and Ashley Ripley, and grand-nephews, Joseph Miller and Zachary Soifer. His passing will deeply sadden a host of friends throughout Alberta, British Columbia, and the Maritimes. Arthur was predeceased by his parents and brothers Paul and Joseph.
Arthur’s family is deeply grateful to his longtime friends Miles and Jean Stephens and family, Calgary, for their unfailing care throughout his illness, to the many friends who visited him so faithfully, and to the staff of the Rosedale Hospice for their compassionate concern and support during his final days.
Cremation has taken place. At Arthur’s request there will be no visitation or funeral. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.