April 8, 1950 – March 3, 2013
With love and pride, we announce the passing of Anthony. Pride because, as a self-taught artist, Anthony reached out to the world with his wonderful oil paintings, expressing his love and gratitude of and to this planet, speaking the language of his art; saying to all that would but listen: “find peace here.” Through his art he has touched many lives. He left this world quietly, still knowing, even in times of pain and sorrow, beauty surrounds us.
Anthony is survived by his children Jessica, Lyndon and Rodney; and, his friend and companion in life, Lee Christensen. The loss of Anthony will also be felt by many others, including friends and neighbours; some he knew for many years, some a few months and some only for a brief moment in time, when he may have offered help, a kind word or, simply his winning smile.
Anthony was born in Amsterdam, Holland. He emigrated, with his family, to Canada in 1952, becoming a very proud Canadian.
Upon arriving in Canada, his family settled in the Toronto area, in the Italian section, then later to the country where they became dairy farmers. Anthony enjoyed his studies; his passion was always art, which he began at age five. His wish was to attend art college, but times as they were, and being part of a hard-working family, upon graduation Anthony worked at Eaton’s, where he learned the flooring installation trade.
Then, being an adventurous young man, with a keen interest in the world, he travelled for a year, creating and selling his paintings as he went, enabling him to see much of Europe. Later, Anthony moved to Australia where he resided for ten years. Missing Canada, he returned to live in Vancouver, B.C., until a one-time visit to the Cariboo convinced him the Cariboo suited him better. The following year he moved to the 108 Mile, Lac la Hache area, where he married and his children Lyndon and Jessica were born. While living in Lac la Hache he became well-known for his art, much of which can be seen in homes and businesses in the area (as well as worldwide). Lionel’s fruit stand in Lac La Hache bears Anthony’s beautiful painted sunflowers.
Having an interest in history, he took a course in building preservation and restoration, participating in the restoration of historic buildings in both 108 Mile and Barkerville. He also enjoyed writing short stories and poetry. He continued to reside in the Cariboo until 2009, 25 years.
Anthony recently moved to Salmon Arm, B.C. where he once again became connected to the local “art scene”. He was happy in his new home town, enjoying the community and his new friends.
He would have been pleased if you googled his name to see his art. Messages may be sent to email@example.com
There will be no service at this time.
Anthony, we wish you peace in your new world.
Bowers Funeral Service Ltd , Salmon Arm, B.C.
entrusted with the arrangements. 250 832-2223