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ARTHUR LEON DUPAS (published on May 23, 2009)



ARTHUR LEON DUPAS January 6, 1941 April 27, 2009 On Monday, April 27, at the Whitehorse General Hospital, Arthur, surrounded by loved ones, peacefully passed away with his undying faith. Art is survived by his brothers: Ed (Marlene), Fred (Pat) and John; his sister Minnie; his step brother Arthur (Carol); and step sisters: Dianna (Hubert), Gladys (Glenn) and Louise; his children: Michelle (Robert), Monte, Randy, and Marnie; his four grandchildren: Danielle, Melanie, Allison and Jessica, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Robert Dupas and his mother and stepfather Martha and John Schoen, his sister Ruth, his brother Robert (Bob), and son Blair. Art was born and lived in Winnipeg, spending several early years in the rural communities of Richer and Woodridge, returning to Winnipeg in his early teens. At 48 years of age he relocated to Calgary for two years, and finally lived out his remaining years in Whitehorse. Art developed a lifelong passion for music at an early age. This led him to become a very accomplished guitarist/singer. He performed in bands and as a solo artist throughout his life. His music and great sense of humor equipped him as a popular Karaoke host. His title the Art of Karaoke was something he was proud of. He fancied being a gold miner in the early Whitehorse years and loved being in the Wheaton Valley. He staked claims, set up a camp and loved being at peace with nature. Art lived for the time spent visiting family and friends. He had a great knowledge of and enjoyed carpentry and family business time. One of his greatest joys were his granddaughters. The pleasure they got from the stones and animals he picked for them was a great thrill of his. He loved sharing music with them and being a part of their lives as much as possible. He enjoyed much traveling over his lifetime. The world has lost some beautiful sound with Art gone. He added so much colour to everything and everyone around him. Everyone was touched by his warmth, his humanity and his need to create music. He was a real class act! Art will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure and good fortune to know him. Funeral held in Whitehorse, May 23 at 2:00 p.m., at Yukon Bible Fellowship, 160 Hillcrest Drive, Al Lyon to officiate. A Musical tribute will follow at the Royal Canadian Legion No 254, 306 Alexander Street, at 6:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held in Winnipeg on May 30 at 2:00 p.m., in the Coutu Funeral Chapel, 680 Archibald Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army, Public Relations and Development, 203-290 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2N8. The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E. J. COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald St. 253-5086


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