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October 10, 1933 ~ February 8, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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It is with great sadness that the family of Art Giesbrecht announces his death on 8th of February in Lacombe. Art battled with Alzheimer’s disease for several years, but went peacefully to meet his Savior in glory.
Art is survived by his loving spouse Caroline, and his children, Gordon, Judy, Robert, Lorraine, and Josie, and by scores of grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
Art started his life in Manitoba and then as a young man living in British Columbia joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He met and fell in love with Caroline while he was in British Columbia. They married in 1959, in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Gordon was born in 1960 and Judy followed in 1962. In 1964, Art was stationed in France for one year, followed by a posting to Germany for three years. Returning to Canada, he was stationed in Edmonton where both Art and Caroline had siblings. It was a wonderful family time. During this time in Edmonton, Art was able to attend and graduate from Bible School. Art was then posted to Ontario for two successive postings before he retired after 24 years of service. It was during this time in Ontario that Art and Caroline adopted six children. Art and Caroline have big hearts and more than enough love to share.
After retirement from the RCAF, Art and Carol and their family moved to Calgary, where Art took up a position as an insurance inspector. Continuing this work, they moved to Lethbridge and then back to Calgary. When Art finished working for the insurance companies, he worked for several years for the Commissionaires in the Calgary City Hall. When Art fully retired, they moved to Trochu, Alberta. They lived for 17 years in Trochu, which was the longest they had lived in and one spot.
During all this time, Art and Caroline traveled extensively. The only continent they were unable to visit was the Antarctic . They drove their van all over North America, visiting every province, territory, and state. They enjoyed cruising, with extended cruises in Europe, through Panama, and repeat cruises to Alaska. They traveled to Australia several times, and all through Asia, including an extended tour through China.
Art has always been active in his church and community. He taught first aid courses in the community. He taught Sunday school and led the Boys & Girls Clubs in the church. He took youth groups out hiking, and fishing and camping. At various times, he has filled a pulpit in a local church, when there was either no pastor, or the pastor was unavailable.
Art will always be remembered as a man who loved to play games, especially Rook, and a man who was always ready with a joke or funny story.
This was truly a life well lived.
There will be a memorial service honoring Art on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at the Trochu Baptist Church Hall. Details to follow.