OBITUARY

Arthur Johnny Regier

25 September, 193930 March, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Art, a loving husband, father, grandpa, great grandpa, brother and friend on March 30, 2021.

Dad was born September 25, 1939 in Abbotsford, BC and lived a full and meaningful life to the age of 81.

He is survived by his loving wife Joan, his three children Jeff (Barb), Brenda (Rob), Darryl (Karen), eleven grandchildren, and thirteen great grandchildren.

Art spent his early years working in construction throughout BC and in his early 30’s purchased his first farm. They were producers of raspberries and hatching eggs until 1992 and continued farming broilers until 2005. He fully retired at the age of 65. Art got his greatest pleasure from his family. He loved spending time watching his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren play their sports. His greatest qualities were to offer gentle guidance, support, and love to us all. He had a great sense of humour and loved to make people laugh. He would do anything for anybody. He was very generous, always wanting to help the less fortunate. He spent the last few years in his shop building birdhouses and enjoyed working in his garden. Dad touched many people’s lives and will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

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Due to restrictions a small, private service is being held on April 6, 2021.

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Linda Trelving

10 April 2021

My sincere condolences to Joan, Jeff, Darryl, Brenda and families.
Art always had a story to tell and a great sense of humor. He will be missed by all who knew him. Linda Treliving

Dora Bronfman

9 April 2021

Dear Joan,

My condolences to you and your family on Art's loss.
I have many fun memories of my conversations with
Art whenever he came to the store to buy you a gift.
He loved surprising you !
I know you will miss him a great deal.
Thinking of you, Dora Bronfman

Ken Gienger

8 April 2021

Art loved his coffee break. We enjoyed Arts visits to our house. Enjoyed our times together with Art and Joan and our thoughts and prayers are with Joan and family.

Cathy Viefhues

6 April 2021

I was fortunate enough to meet Art and Joan when Ben was in the hospital in Vancouver. Art made trips to Penticton after Ben was moved there. From the very beginning I could tell how close the two of them were and enjoyed hearing the stories from Art as we waited for our turn to go into see Ben. Lots of coffee, laughs and tears. I was so thankful Art an Joan were able to come to our wedding. That was very special! It has been my pleasure knowing you my friend. Joan we would love to see you again. We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you and your family.
Love, Cathy and Ben Viefhues

Ben Viefhues

6 April 2021

I met Art just shortly after he moved onto Columbia Road right across the street from me. He taught me all about farming and how to maintain the machinery. My Mom and Dad loved Art, he was like a second son! Our friendship grew strong as he was the big brother I never had. We had many good times and lots of laughs and talks every Friday night after he moved to McKenzie Road. He was a true family man, great friend and mentor. Our condolences to Joan and the family. Rest in peace Art. You will be missed deeply.

Trisha Swanson

6 April 2021

It was so fun to get to know Uncle Art better these past few years when I would come up to Canada and visit my mom. His story telling always made me laugh and he would make me run into the store to get his scratch tickets. Going into his shop reminded me of my dad and I am honored to have one of his birdhouses. Uncle Art you will be missed - Trisha

Marliss Bot

5 April 2021

Missing that gruff voice..."...you got the coffee on?..." And then we'd know Art and Joan were on their way thru Kamloops to parts east of us. Sometimes they'd bring our mom, Elsie Viefhues from Mission. She'd have packed the 'snack of home made buns, deli stuff and a dill pickle' with a thermos of coffee - she'd fix it just the way he liked it - then mom (or both mom and dad before dad passed) would get dropped off and we'd visit for a bit - picking her up on their way home to Abbotsford a few days later. Loved the support and friendship our families shared on Columbia Road - both raspberry farmers, sharing stories and updates on the 'season' and the friendship Art and Ben Viefhues jr, our brother, exchanging helpful tasks during equipment maintenance. Art, you'll see mom and dad up there - say hi from all of us. Marliss (Viefhues) Bot and family.

Sean Horne

5 April 2021

I, as with many others I’m sure, was truly saddened to hear of Art’s passing. When I think of Art, a smile comes to my face from the pleasant memories of Art’s good humour, dedication as a parent and husband, a farmer, a pillar of community and surely other contributions of which I’m not aware. Art gave me my first job and was a good father figure in my life. Art, i wish i could have told you how the little bit of fathering you sent my way made an immensely positive impact. You were a good man Art, a class act... and you will definitely be missed. I look forward to seeing you again on the other side. My sincere condolences to Joan, Jeff, Darryl, and Brenda, a most wonderful family who certainly brought positivity to my own life. My thoughts are with you all.

Dale Craig

5 April 2021

Dear Joan,Jeff,Brenda,Darryl and families,

We are saddened to hear of Art's passing. Art was always friendly and we enjoyed our conversations and laughter at the hockey rink and coffee shop.

Our sincere condolences,
Dale and Patty Craig


Corinne Reekie

4 April 2021

Dear Joan,
My mother always had so many stories about your near 70 year friendship, including your meeting your Art. Although I only met him a few times over the years, he was always memorable. A great story teller, entertaining, funny and obviously so very much a family man.
Our condolences at this time.
Corinne Reekie

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