WEST

WEST Arthur Stewart West of Sylvan Lake, Alberta passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 3, 2008 in Peoria, Arizona. Stew, as he was affectionately known to family and friends was born on October 4, 1922 in Westville, Pictou County, Nova Scotia. He enlisted in the Canadian Army on Nov 4, 1941 and served his country with honor not only during World War II but also until his retirement from the service in 1975. Throughout his years in the military he was posted to many different locations in Canada as well as abroad while he rose to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. In 1967 he was deployed to the Middle East to serve as a peacekeeper on the West Bank. He served his country with distinction and was on active duty when the Six Days War broke out. Because of his duties with the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces he was a recipient of the Nobel Peacekeeping Award, which was presented to him in June of 2007. This was one of his proudest accomplishments. When he retired from the Armed Forces he and his wife Ella moved to Sylvan Lake where they enjoyed their summers while spending their winters in California and Arizona. He is survived by Ella and their children Susan Sly of Dartmouth, NS, Heather (Dave) Sears of Regina, SK, Kim West of Edmonton, AB, Martine (Stan) Forsyth of Alix, AB, Gaye (Robert) Thomsen of Edson, AB, Michele (Larry) Hyette of Prince George, BC. He was much loved by their 14 grandchildren Jennifer, Casey, Jeremy, Rachel, Kandis, Keli, Danielle, Ryan, Kayt, Sean, Desiree, Michelle, Sheila and Carmen and three great-grandchildren Josh, Jacob and Alexandria. In addition he is a survived by his children Stewart (Gloria) West of Parker's Cove, NL, Linda (Donald) Helpard of Stewiacke, NS, Sandra (Brian) Miller of Shubenacadie, NS, David (Gloria) West of Westville, NS and Stephen (Darlene) West of Ellershouse, NS as well as 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He loved golfing, playing cards and cribbage. For 33 years he was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and a past-president of the Sylvan Lake Legion and participated in many Remembrance Day ceremonies. His family will miss his gentle, quiet and kind manner and he will be remembered with much love. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Chapel of the Sylvan Lake Funeral Home on Friday, January 11, 2008 with a luncheon to follow at the Sylvan Lake Legion. A private family interment will be held at the Sylvan Lake Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Stew's name to Alzheimer Society of Canada. Sylvan Lake and Rocky Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements 403-887-2151


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