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JAMES ARTHUR HOBBS (published on October 01, 2011)



JAMES ARTHUR HOBBS Arthur Hobbs passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 96, on Saturday, September 24, 2011, in the Palliative Care Unit at the Riverview Health Centre. Art was predeceased by his loving wife Jean in 2010 and daughter-in-law Beth in 2009. Art is survived by his children, Ian (Bev), Paul, and Cheryl (Riley); sister Margaret (Walter); grandchildren, Randy (Diane), Chris (Nathalie), Brian (Kayo), Robert and Lisa; great-grandchildren, Jenny (Jamie), Laura, Brad, Scott, Will and Julien; and great-greatgrandchildren, Gavin, Colin, and Mason. Art was born December 5, 1914, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and spent his early years in North Kildonan. He received his BSc and MSc in Agriculture at the University of Manitoba (awarded the Governor General's Gold Medal) and his PhD in Soil Science at Purdue University. He married Jean in 1940, in Winnipeg. They had a long and happy marriage of 70 years, living in Canada, the United States, Nigeria, and Botswana; travelling extensively, visiting with their many treasured friends, and spending wonderful summers at their Farlane, Ontario cottage. Art's career started as the county agent in Eriksdale, Manitoba. After his PhD, he spent the majority of his working life as a professor at Kansas State University. He also served with U.S.A.I.D. in Nigeria, Botswana, Sri Lanka, Morocco and India. His research interest was dry land farming, and he co-authored a textbook on the subject, which is in its 4th edition. His greatest joys were his family, his students, his work as a research chemist, computing, e-mailing with friends and family, photography, reading, making stained glass, racing sailboats, showing dogs, and building cottages, cupboards and etc. He was a kind, gentle, hard working man, who lived a life of great integrity. We all learned much from him, and his generosity of spirit will be greatly missed. A gathering for friends and family to celebrate his life will take place in the Mosaic Reception Centre, 1839 Inkster Blvd., Saturday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. The family wishes to thank the staff of Comforts of Home Care, the nurses of the W.R.H.A. Community Palliative Care Program, and the Palliative Care Unit at Riverview Health Centre, for their compassionate support. Special thanks to Dr. Rowland Hayward and Dr. Robert Kroeker for their many years of personal and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that people may make a donation to a charity of their choice. For online condolences, more information or to light a memorial candle please log onto www.mosaicfunerals.ca 1839 Inkster Blvd. 275-5555


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