Art’s younger years were spent going to school and college in a variety of locations in Canada and the USA. He was working in Panama when WWII broke out. He returned to Canada, joined the RCAF and rose to the rank of Squadron Leader. After the war, he worked for the Mannix group, primarily supervising road construction and coal mining operations. In 1955 he moved his family to Edmonton and formed O’Hanlon Paving Ltd. with two partners who became life-long friends. Art remained actively involved in business while, at the same time, developing a passion for travel, running rivers and lakes in Alberta and BC in his jet boat and spending the winters on Maui with his wife Jewel. All through his business career and retirement he was an active Rotarian. He was also a member of the Royal Mayfair Golf and Country Club even though he said he detested golf. He was a wonderful joke teller and always started by asking “Have I told you the one about…?”
He had a long life and lived it very well.
He leaves to mourn his loving wife Terry and her six children, a son Michael (Leslie) of Red Deer, a daughter Peggy O’Hanlon (Don Barrie) of Edmonton, two grandchildren, Patrick O’Hanlon (Jamie Kish) of Red Deer and Meghan O’Hanlon of Sydney, Australia, along with two great grandchildren, Tyler Kish and Phillip Kish-O’Hanlon. He is also survived by brother-in-law Bud Butler (Elsie) and one remaining cousin, Grace Fitzsimmons. He was predeceased by his first wife Jewel (1997) and three brothers, Harry, Hollis and Joe.
A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, November 1, 2010, at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011 – 114 Street, Edmonton. A private family memorial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Art’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 10985 - 124 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5M 0H9 and the Parkinson’s Society of Alberta, Room 3Y18, 11111 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5K 0L4.