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Kaul Funeral Home

35201 Garfield Rd, Clinton Township, MI

OBITUARY

Arthur J. Hope

2 July, 193310 February, 2020

Arthur J. Hope age 86 of Sterling Heights MI, passed away February 10, 2020. Beloved husband of Martha for 38 loving years. Loving father of Sandra Lange, Chris Hope, Janet Hope and John Felice; dear grandfather of Aaron Lange, Robert Trojanowski, Kaitlyn (Jimmie) Moore, Marie Felice and Kelly Felice; proud great grandfather of Natalie and Abigail. His sister Maureen Macintosh, nieces, and nephew Ann, Ruth and Colin survive Art.

Art came to Canada from England at the age of eight with his family. To this day Art has the ticket from his adventure to Canada. He has many fond memories of exploring the ship and well as being hung over the side by his feet by the navel men.

In his younger life, Art was into theater. At the age of 18, he got his first sailboat that would, ultimately becomes his favorite pass time. He loved singing with his barbershop quartet. Art was a man that could fix just about anything. He was always lending a helping hand to those in need. He loved woodworking as well as reading up on history, mystery, how things worked and the National Geographic's. Art had a passion for fixing clocks, watches and cars. He always had a project going, as he could not sit still. When he was not working on something he and Martha enjoyed many vacations to Hawaii.

Art was a family man. Everyone who met him loved him. He had some of the best jokes, especially the one about “Albert at the Zoo”, which was always accompanied by a silly Irish accent. He was an incredibly kind and patient man. He was always doing for others. Art retired after a long fulfilling career as a consultant in the oil lubrication field. Retiring then gave him time to enjoy his family, dine at the best restaurants and take trips with his wife.

Please share a fond memory of Art with his family in his digital guestbook.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, 17 February , 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, 18 February , 2020

Memories

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Don Smithies

29 March 2020

When we were in high school in Kingston about 1950 Arthur asked me to join him in caring for a 30-foot sloop owned by a retiree living near Toronto The first sail on that sloop hooked me on sailing and led to many sailing adventures in the waters around Kingston and the islands nearby. The sloop was soon moved out of reach, but we continued with a tiny 15-foot keel boat that Arthur had bought for about $100. We bailed and sailed until the end of that season when she would not stay afloat overnight. We had caulked her worst leak at the stern post with chewing gum one weekend while visiting a nearby town, but as the water cooled, she leaked more and more. We hauled her out and managed to rebuild her bottom during March Break. I bought my half of the boat by financing the repairs. For several years we enjoyed Wee Scott until we were both in college.
I bought another boat in the 1960s while in Toronto and Arthur, then living nearby, came to visit and we sailed that evening out of the club in the harbour. About dark, we ran aground in the entrance to the mooring and the club ferry pulled us off. Oops! It was the ferry’s last run of the evening. When it dawned upon us, we had to walk to the city ferry and then arrived at my place very late and bedraggled. My wife fed us and put us to bed. We recalled our teen age adventures a decade or more before. After Arthur moved to Clinton township, he bought a few boats and I was able to visit occasionally and sail on each one. On one occasion my wife and I arranged for a cruise with Chris, about 15 at the time, along to help me as my wife was not familiar with the boat. We had a wonderful time and we are so grateful that Chris was able to come along to help keep us safe.
Arthur was my best friend, a clever, kind and often funny companion. I am grateful to have known Arthur and his families and will always remember our joyful times together.

Amy Heilman-Sadler

17 February 2020

I wished I could have had a chance to know him or at least hear one joke. But from his sweet, beautiful wife I will hear them!! And many other stories and I can't wait to have the pleasure of sitting with her having tea and remembering her loving, gentle, husband who is now in Paradise. I Love your Marie Felice Dearly!!! She is our sweet Marie!!! Thank you Martha for being so sweet and beautiful to my family.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY