The community has lost a giant. Art Stauble passed away Friday.
In the later 1940's Art came to Canada from Switzerland to work in the family sawmilling business. That's where Horst Sander first met him, a friendly rivalry.
"Art was known as one who would not, as we say today, 'Meet you at nineish.' If Art said 'We'll meet at nine,' we met five minutes before nine."
In 1974, he was elected alderman to Council, the year before the referendum that saw the amalgamation of several neighbourhoods, including the Hart, into the City. After a brief hiatus, he returned to civic politics in the 80's. It was during that second term that a tyro to Council, Noel O'Beirne, first met him.
"I learned a lot from Art, he was reasoned,' explains O'Bierne. "I was rookie [Councillor], I could go to him anytime and he knew his way around, not just the City but the bureauucracy. I went to him for advice many times."
He was also with Sander on the Hospital Board when then-Prince George Regional Hospital was just becoming the regional centre it is today.
"That's when the west wing came in, the extra storey was put on the front building, the power plant [was built] to bring energy to the hospital and a number of operating rooms, which we didn't have enough of."
A celebration of life will take place Saturday, December 9th at 11 a.m. at Christ Our Saviour Church on West Austin Road.
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