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Date of Passing: Feb 27, 2020

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C.M., Q.C.

Following a mercifully short illness, Art passed on February 27, 2020, at Health Sciences Centre.
Art is survived by his son Kyle (Nicole), daughter Lianne (Dean), and granddaughters, Penny, Isla and Sasha. He is also survived by his sisters, Gerry and Ginny.
He was predeceased by his wife Judith, daughter Sondra, brother Bill, and parents, Myrtle and Gordon.
Art was born in Winnipeg in 1934 and attended Greenway School in the West End, before moving to River Heights where he graduated from Kelvin High School in 1952. Art contracted polio in 1953 and was left with complete paralysis of both legs. While he said his disability limited his options, it also provided him with a powerful focus. Though Art worked hard not to be defined by his disability, he often said that almost everything he did and the kind of person he became was because he could not walk.
With that new focus, Art entered Law School at University of Manitoba and achieved the highest aggregate standing over the four-year program. He was called to the Bar in 1961 and received a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1967.
Art practiced law with Newman, MacLean and Associates before taking an appointment to lecture at the University of Manitoba Law School. He lectured until 2001, including acting as Dean from 1994 to 1999. He served as Senior Scholar until his passing.
Art believed in serving his profession, his university, his church and the broader community. The list of organizations he supported is too long to list, but included the University Senate and Board of Governors, Manitoba / Canadian Paraplegic Associations, Manitoba Wheelchair Sports Association, Anglican Diocese of Rupert's Land, Winnipeg / Manitoba Jaycees, St. John's College and the Winnipeg / Assiniboine Park Hockey Associations. He was also very proud of his work at advancing access for people in wheelchairs on Winnipeg's streets and transit.
Art's work and service were recognized through several awards and organizational life memberships, including the Order of Canada, appointment as Queens Counsel, Canada 125th Anniversary Medal, Queen's 50th Jubilee Medal and the Peter D. Curry Chancellors Award for outstanding contribution to University governance and development. He might have been most proud, however, of his victories at various "recreational" bocce, crokinole and fishing tournaments.
Art taught and interacted with thousands at school and through his volunteer work. His impatient children could not go anywhere with him without running into former students / colleagues who would want to catch up or pick his brain on an issue of law, governance or procedure. Art relished in these moments. He loved to listen, to hear what people were doing, and he always had advice or a related story ready as needed (or not).
Art would want everyone to know that none of his accomplishments could have been possible without Judy, his wife and love of 54 years. His granddaughters will miss his barbecues, his riddles and rides on his wheelchair. Art was a logophile who loved crosswords and word puzzles. He also enjoyed competing at everything, arguing with people, micromanaging and pedantry. He would have identified at least a dozen errors within these paragraphs.
A memorial service will take place on Friday, March 6 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John's Cathedral, 135 Anderson Ave.
Flowers gratefully declined.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 03, 2020, Mar 07, 2020

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • Art was my corporations law professor in 1972 and we kept in touch ever since from time to time. He was an excellent professor who kept his classes interesting as well as informative. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: George Van Den Bosch (Former Student and acquaintance) on: Feb 09, 2021

  • Art was our good church friend and a fine gentleman. He was always friendly and interested, possessed a fierce independence and a constantly inquiring mind. We are so sorry to learn of his loss and offer our sincere condolences to his family. God rest you Art. Reg and Pam - Posted by: Reg Sherren (Fellow parishioner) on: Mar 15, 2020

  • I was deeply saddened to hear of Art’s passing. He was a talented professor, a valued colleague, and a kind and genuine person whose enthusiasm and encouragement were instrumental to my career in law. Rest In peace, my friend. - Posted by: Casey Chisick (Student, colleague, and friend ) on: Mar 07, 2020

  • Art and Judy and family were active at St. Paul's for many years. Their contributions to life in the parish are remembered by many. Art's ability to lead an often exciting Parish Council helped St. Paul's through many challenges. As he moved on to help the Diocese of Rupert's Land face many issues, Art continued his work as one of the "people of God'". God be with you, Art. - Posted by: Bob and Sue Piper (Fellow parishioners at St. Paul's Anglican Fort Garry) on: Mar 06, 2020

  • Art's gifts to the "people of God" in Rupert's Land diocese, and at various parishes where he participated have given us rewards which are beyond our power to completely comprehend. We at St. Paul's were graced by his presence, by his leadership skills, by his compassion for others, by his tenacity as a council chair. We will never forget the many contributions Art made to life at St. Paul's, and to the lives of Paulinians around him. God be with you, Art. - Posted by: Bob Piper (Fellow parishioner at St. Paul's, Fort Garry) on: Mar 05, 2020

  • I knew Art through the University of Manitoba. I worked in fundraising and he was a donor. Later we became friends who had lunch together from time to time. Art always has an ear to listen and sage advice. He knew so many people and was always so happy to see old friends the Isbister lunches. He will be missed. - Posted by: Beth Proven (Friend) on: Mar 04, 2020

  • I first met Art at Kelvin High School and our paths crossed many, many times over the years. Through our many mutual friends we reconnected at the University of Manitoba; and then had the wonderful experience of living in apartment buildings on Assiniboine Avenue across the street from each other when Art and Judy were first married as were my husband and myself. My husband also knew Art --albeit from different connections that I had with him. (I think from the Jaycees organization.) We reconnected again when coincidence put us both on the same Air Canada flight after I had moved to Toronto. And then again when Art was Acting Dean of Law and our son began Law School; -- and later when Art and Judy lost Sondra under such tragic circumstances -- we were always there for each other. Art called me when my Ken died and I did the same when he lost Judy. What a great person he was! And what memories he left me. Memories of his determination and strength in the face of adversity and his overwhelming desire to get the most out of life set an example to us all. I hope his granddaughters will carry on his legacy and I send my love and strengthening thoughts to all of you. Joan Coutts Kent, - Posted by: Joan Kent (nee Coutts) (Life-long acquaintance) on: Mar 04, 2020

  • Art's contributions to the to the Province through his involvement with the Canadian Paraplegic Association are immeasurable. He's made life in Manitoba better for any person with a disability. Anybody who met Art were greeted by his warm smile, a firm handshake, and an open ear to your ideas or concerns. Thank-you Art. - Posted by: Allen Lasko (Canadian Paraplegic Association member) on: Mar 03, 2020

  • Had to opportunity to meet Art 4 years ago after my father Doug McIntosh passed away. We had a nice dinner and some good stories of him and my dad when they were kids. May he Rest In Peace - Posted by: Kim Sears (My father was a childhood friend ) on: Mar 03, 2020

  • Our Condolences Richard & Merle Bloom - Posted by: Richard Bloom (Vasalund Estates Board Member) on: Mar 03, 2020

  • Good bye good friend. I will miss you - Posted by: Sidney Laviolette (Friend) on: Mar 03, 2020

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