September 19, 1931 – February 15, 2021
Our Loss is Heaven’s Gain ~
It is with great sadness that we announce our loving father Arthur Schuck, passed away peacefully surrounded by love on February 15th, 2021.
He was welcomed into Heaven with God’s open arms and those of his beloved wife Clara, his dad and mom (Peter & Molly), brothers Ernie, Otto, Arnold and Eddie as well as many other loved ones who have passed before him.
He leaves behind sisters Tootsie and Dolly, three daughters Sandy (Richard), Terry (Roger) and Tammy (Wayne) and six grandchildren; Janine, Tiffany, Jordan, Amelia, Kayla and Rachel whom he loved dearly. He will also be remembered by his special companion, Louise.
Dad was the 3rd of 7 children born to Peter and Molly in Stoughton, Saskatchewan on September 19th, 1931. Dad often reminisced of the good old days playing hockey on the prairie fields with his brothers and the baseball games played amongst their rivals from other small towns.
Dad’s mischievous days teasing the girls in the prairie schoolhouse and kissing them under the bridge were precursors to more mischief … including the competitive horseshoe tournaments later in life between brothers, often resulting in a lot of cheating by all!
Dad was a humble man, growing up with the struggles of the Great Depression… empty Christmas stockings and lard and onion sandwiches, but his childhood was always full of love, laughter and faith in God.
He spoke fondly of his best friend Alvin, who saved him from drowning in a dugout when they were 11 years old. We will forever be indebted to Alvin for jumping in to save Dad and scooping the tadpoles out of his mouth. Dad never did much swimming after that.
At 17, Dad was approached by a scout and asked to go to North Carolina to try out as a pitcher. As much as he wanted to, Dad knew that his heart was in the prairies and knew he could not leave his family and the life he loved.
Life moved on and he eventually found work in Calgary, where he met the love of his life, Clara. They married and moved back to Saskatchewan where Dad became a true pioneer, graduating from nursing school, into a career as a registered psychiatric nurse. At that time, male nursing was unheard of. His successful career lead them to Alberta and then to BC, where he was eventually employed with Corrections Canada (R.P.C.) in Abbotsford.
Dad was instrumental in developing the first Horticulture Program for federal inmates, realizing the benefits of interaction between inmates and their outdoor environment. He was given an award by the Prime Minister and his contributions to the needy in our community and the food banks through the bounties of the gardens was, no doubt, appreciated by all.
Dad saw the potential in everyone, no matter where they came from or how wealthy they were.
Dad was truly a humble man, full of humility. He was compassionate and understanding and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Dad’s kindness was undeniable.
He loved gardening and it was evident in every home he and mom lived in. From morning till sundown, dad would be planting and watering. He loved his hanging fuchsias and the begonias that adorned their flowerbeds.
Dad saw the beauty in all of God’s creations, especially the little rabbits and hummingbirds that visited. Despite never winning the lottery, he hit “the big one” the day he was able to drive in the new HOV lane for the first time. Anyone who knew Dad, knew he hated driving in traffic and the discovery of the HOV lane was truly the “JACKPOT” to him.
Dad was a joker and a tease and he had the unique ability to captivate the little ones, reciting nursery rhymes, singing silly songs and playing ‘school’ with them. His kindness and thoughtful ways will be missed by many.
Dad knew he was getting tired, yet his trust in God was unwavering. He wanted no heroic interventions because he knew that Jesus was his Lifeline.
Dad… the bases are loaded with all you Schuck boys and Uncle Otto is at bat. He’s hit the Grand Slam Home Run!
The Great Announcer has called you all home now…
Rest in Peace, Dad
We Love you
Forever in our Hearts, until we meet again…
Due to Covid restrictions, we’ve decided to have a celebration of Dad’s Life at a future date.