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Gordon "Art" Arnold Broster

May 19, 1929 - May 28, 2020



May 19, 1929 – May 28, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Arnold (Art) Broster on May 28, 2020 at the age of 91, at Mountain Lakes Seniors Community in Nelson BC. Arnold was born in Elko BC at his grandmother’s house on May 19, 1929. He was second oldest of 13 children.

After graduating from Fernie High School in 1947, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy in November 1948 and had a 25 year career taking him across Canada several times to Halifax Nova Scotia and serving in the Korean War. He married his High School classmate, Jean Broster (nee Tully) on July 30, 1954 in Vancouver BC and soon after they moved to Victoria, closer to Naden Naval Base.

After spending the later part of his navy career in Victoria, he retired in November 1973 as a Warrant Officer, with an unblemished service record.  He began his second career as a Deputy Sheriff in Vancouver BC in 1974 and retiring again in 1990 as the Manager of the Sheriff’s office in Nelson BC.

After his second retirement, Jean and Arnold spent several winters as “snowbirds” travelling to Sun City Arizona to enjoy sunny activities for a few months away from the Canadian winter. Here was where Arnold began to paint and he created paintings for members of the family of scenery, wildlife, ships, flowers and animals.

Arnold was known for his volunteerism in the community, having served as a 22 year member of the Nelson Kiwanis Club, as President, Area Lt. Governor and a committee member for planning and implementing the building of the Kiwanis Villas. He also served as President of the Eagles Lodge for 3 years.  He headed the Nelson Leafs Hockey Security Team for 14 years and served as a volunteer in other capacities for over 25. He was awarded the Jim Kienholz trophy for most dedicated volunteer in March 2017. Other associations he volunteered for over the years were the Canadian Cancer Society, Royal Canadian Air Cadets, Security for the 1988 Winter Games, Red Lion’s Girls Drum Corp, and the Vancouver Island Square Dance Association, and he was a 90 pint blood donor for the Canadian Red Cross.

Arnold enjoyed painting, wood working, sign making, travelling, calligraphy, square dancing and tinkering in his garage. He was also known for a corny joke, or a funny story. He was an excellent speech poetry writer and had no difficulty in being in front of a crowd, no matter how small or large.

Arnold is survived by his wife of 65 years Jean, daughters Linda Kurtz (Jim), Cathy Robinson (Jeff). Also five grandchildren, Sharleen Kurtz (Laura), Shannon McMichael (Jeff), Shelley Methorst (Mike), Tyler Peitzsche (Rebecca) and Erin Mason (Kevin) and eight great grandchildren, Brooklynn, Logan, Paige, Emma, Bella, Chloe, Iver and Charlotte. Brothers and sister Margaret (Tom) Paul, Salmo BC, Roy (Edna) Broster, Kimberley BC,  Norman (Donna) Broster, Morrison Colorado, and George (Linda) Broster, Union Bay BC and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Phillip and Florence Broster, sisters Catherine Broster, May Pascuzzi, Doreen Bossio, Dorothy Pachara, Inez  Dyck, Audrey Broster, and Beverly Coulam, and brother Lloyd Broster.

“Wave goodbye to me from the jetty, and when the sun is over the yardarm, raise a tot to send me off on my next adventure”

Many thanks to Dr. Kirsten, Dr. Janz, the staff and health care workers at Mountain Lakes Seniors Community for their care and support in the last year and a half. There will not be a service or memorial at Arnold’s request.

In lieu of flowers in memory donations may be made to the Chief’s and Petty Officer’s Association, C-1253 Esquimalt Rd, Victoria, BC V9A 3P4 and would be sincerely appreciated by the family.


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Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Berdine Jonker
Relation: Family friend.

Dear Jean and Cathy and the extended Broster family. My sincere condolences on the passing of Art. I’m so glad I was able to know him for such a long time – he brought a lot of smiles and friendship to our family over the years.

From: Joe Ringrose
Relation: fellow Eagle

I am so sorry for your loss. Art was a good Eagle and I worked with him briefly when he was a Sheriff. Yes his jokes were corny and he always had one but I think he enjoyed telling them.

From: Shirley Tennant
Relation: Acquaintance

Cathy and Jeff and family, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I am sure you have wonderful memories of a life so well lived.

From: birthe achtner
Relation: through kiwanis

Jean, So very sorry to read about your loss. I always enjoyed meeting you two and chatting for a few minutes.

From: Sheila M. McCormack
Relation: I was introduced to Art by Jean when Jean and I were involved with the Cancer Society.

My condolences Jean to you and your family in the loss of Art. Whenever I met Art
he would stop to talk and was always cheerful and never short of a funny story he will be missed.

From: Ralph and Bonnie Clarke
Relation: friend

We are saddened to learn of Art’s passing. He was a loyal and welcome patient in my dental practice, along with his wife Jean and family. Art always had a light touch and a respectful demeanor whenever in our office and offered encouragement wherever he went. We were surprised to learn of his many activities in the armed forces and the community involving keeping the peace. He often spoke of being a military policeman but never bragged about his many community volunteer contributions. His was a shining example of how Canadians of his generation would look for a need to fill, then accomplish that service with little self-regard for their safety or self-promotion. They saw their duty and just did it. Those words “service” and “duty” are words from a bygone era, when men were men and instinctively banded together to seek justice in the world and make the world safe for democracy. By their actions the generations that followed were able to cash in on the “Peace Dividend” that they won for us. North Americans, Europeans, South Americans and Australasians owe them a debt of gratitude that contributed to the prosperity we all enjoy now. And lets not forget the country of South Korea, which owes it freedom to the sacrifices of men like Art. When I visited there in 2008 as a guest (a Tiger Cruise) of my own military son’s involvement with the Navy the modern Koreans thanked me as a Canadian for my countrymen’s sacrifices to prevent a communist takeover. Art and his cohorts remind us in the face of current events over there that they were part of The Greatest Generation.

None of this heroism seemed to touch Art or the way he presented himself: friendly, engaging, approachable and encouraging, he used humour as a direct means of communicating. When I think of him, he was always smiling, eager to share a joke, often self-deprecating, always intended to bridge a gap or heal a wound. When you think about it, we are never as close to one another as when we are laughing at the same joke together. Mutual laughter is unique to our species, is a shared epiphany and a joke is not funny if it has to be explained. That is why “laughter is the best medicine” and Dr. Broster was an exemplar of what it takes to bring people together.

As I sit here writing on the shores of Kootenay Lake, I have a treasured memento from Art that I look at every day. It is a handmade joke trophy complete with a picture of yours truly, twin tooth brushes rampant on either side of a hand carved molar on top, resplendent with gold filling and below gold lettering stating “Tooth Wright Award”. But it is no joke: rather it is an affirmation of the love that Art sought to spread all around him, in his own way, by his own hand. On the back I have a photo of Art taken by my staff presenting me with an accompanying certificate, suitable for framing, pointing out the many humorous components of this honorarium. To me it is a testimonial of Art’s dedication to THE most important advice I received from Dean Alan Jackson: “everybody needs encouragement”.

Our best love to all who loved him because we were all privileged to do so.

Dr. R.D. Clarke June 7, 2020 Procter BC.

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There will not be a service or memorial at Arnold’s request.

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In lieu of flowers in memory donations may be made to the Chief’s and Petty Officer’s Association, C-1253 Esquimalt Rd, Victoria, BC V9A 3P4 and would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

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