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ARTHUR GEORGE LADD III

Born: Aug 26, 1948

Date of Passing: Mar 01, 2019

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ARTHUR GEORGE LADD III August 26, 1948 - March 1, 2019 With his family at his side, holding him and sharing stories of some of his legendary adventures, Art passed away peacefully, at home, after a long and courageous fight. He tried so hard to stay with us, one phrase he used often was "I'm no quitter", but his heart was just too big and he wore it out. Art is survived by his wife, Shirley, his children, Art IV (Lauren), Andrea (Dustin) Gatz, Aaron (Rachelle), Ian Snow (Joanne Meredith) and Jennifer (Melvin) Durden, sister Marion (William) Molter, brother Gerry (Marlene) Curll, brother Tom (Elsie) Keno, sister Noni Keno, brother-in-law Andrew (Jenny) Slack in England, and 11 (soon to be 12) grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father, Arthur Ladd II, and his mother, Marion Ladd (Hogsden). 16 years ago we were told that Art had only three months to live, so we all consider ourselves very blessed to have had 16 more years of time with him. During those years, he and Shirley travelled several times to England, to the Caribbean and all over the United States, including Hawaii, where he was able to cross Pearl Harbour off his bucket list. He also accompanied Shirley's dad on a tour of the Second World War Normandy landing sites in France. Art was a man of many talents and facets. He was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2011, as a member of the St. James Rams football team, and was a PADI certified SCUBA diver (another bucket list item). He graduated in 1972 as a physiotherapist, and worked at Misericordia and Seven Oaks hospitals, before moving to Community Therapy Services, where he joined the Northern Fly-in Program, travelling for many years to various Indigenous communities. Art always had a great love and respect for Indigenous culture and traditions, and was extremely proud to become an adopted member of the Keno family, from Red Sucker Lake First Nation. Many people remember Art as Santa Claus, a role he inherited from his father, and which he took very seriously. For many years Santa visited individual homes, formal parties, and caused great excitement when Santa stepped off the plane in Red Sucker Lake to attend the Band Christmas party. He had some very inventive reasons when asked why he was not travelling with his reindeer! Art was well known for his adventurous palate enjoying any and all things exotic. He was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, sports shooter, and had an extensive knowledge of firearms. He was also involved for many years with Scouts Canada and with the church Girls Camp. He was a skilled fisherman, as many of us fondly remember fishing with Art. Art was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1971, and his membership was the keystone of his life. He exemplified selfless service to others and was never too busy to respond when called on. Above all else; his proudest accomplishment was as a strong example as husband, father and grandfather. We are very grateful for the outpouring of support and many fond memories of Art that have been shared. There are too many people to thank individually for making this journey with us, but special thanks must go to the staff of the Rehabilitation Unit at Bethesda Hospital, and to Mike Limerick. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Art's life will be held on Saturday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 45 Dalhousie Drive, Winnipeg, MB. On to the next adventure, my Bear

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 06, 2019

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • I knew Art when we both worked at Misericordia Hospital. - Posted by: Janice Campbell (ACQUAINTANCE) on: Mar 30, 2019

  • Shirley and family, I'm so sorry to hear about Art's passing. I remember speaking to Art at many CTS staff meetings, and learned that he was a very gentle, compassionate soul. May your memories you hold dear help you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Kim G. (Previous Co-worker (OT)) on: Mar 07, 2019

  • Art will be missed by us. We had so many experiences together that were inspiring and fun. Our love goes to the whole family and especially Shirley. The power of his spirit will help him in his new experiences in his continuing spiritual journey. - Posted by: John and Vera Moore (Good Friends) on: Mar 07, 2019

  • So sad to hear about Art's passing away. Would have been nice if you all could have had more time to enjoy your new home together. Condolences to Shirley and all the family... George Matwichuk - Posted by: George Matwichuk (Friend) on: Mar 07, 2019

  • Shirley, Andrea and family - what can you say about a man who was bigger than life with a heart to match? We will miss him so much. My deepest condolences. It is rather mind boggling at how many lives he touched. A gentle giant who gave freely of his time and love and who in turn was loved by many. I have so many little and simple memories with Art and when all is send and done, those are the times we hold closet to the heart. My love to you all. - Posted by: Cathy Finken (Friend) on: Mar 07, 2019

  • Shirley, so sorry to hear of Art’s passing. My condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Mary Lessing-Turner (Acquaintance ) on: Mar 06, 2019

  • Our condolences go out to the family.. Art was a great man and taught our boys many things over the years through church activities, scouts, and being a neighbor to the Wickhams. He will he missed. While we will not be able to attend the celebration of life, we do send our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Shelby, Darcy and the Wickham boys (Friends) on: Mar 06, 2019

  • My condolences to Shirley and all the family on your loss. My heart goes out to you all. I only knew Art for the past six years but he was truly a generous and caring man certainly larger than life! It was an honour to have known him. - Posted by: Lynda Longe (Friend) on: Mar 06, 2019

  • It was an absolute pleasure getting to know Art and Shirley. Art was incredibly gracious and had so many wonderful things to say about his experiences and life lessons. It was truly an honour to serve him in his time of need. - Posted by: Debbie (Nurse) on: Mar 06, 2019

  • My heartfelt condolences. Losing the head of a family is a difficult road to walk - no matter the character of the head. It is made more difficult when the love and respect are deep. May your faith uphold you, your memories bring you joy and laughter, your love for each other restore you. - Posted by: Andrea White Markham (Friend/Colleague of Aaron ) on: Mar 06, 2019

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