Obituary of Carl Joseph Arthurs
ARTHURS, Carl Joseph
November 15, 1929 - December 5, 2021
Loving husband, devoted father and grandfather Carl passed away peacefully at Kingston General Hospital at the aged 92 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Dorothy (nee Van Wart), daughters Cheryl, Susan and Cynthia and sons Steven (Carleen) and Jeffrey (Vittoria). His life was enriched by 11 grandchildren: Stefanie, Nicholas, Caitlin, Alexander, Madison, Andrew, Francesca, Domenic, Gabriel, Olivia and Elizabeth; and, 10 great grandchildren: Saige, Aria, Loic, Avery, Elliot, Emma, Addison, Finley, Bennett and Hudson. Carl is survived by his sister Marjorie and brother Thomas. Predeceased by his sister Eva and brothers Clifford and Malcom. A funeral service will be held in the chapel of the James Reid Funeral Home at 1900 John Counter Blvd, Kingston at 11:00 am Saturday December 11, 2021. A reception will follow in the Reception Center of the Funeral Home. Covid protocols will be in effect proof of vaccination, and valid ID and masks will be required to enter. Private interment at the United Church in Long Reach, New Brunswick, will take place at a later date.
Carl Arthurs was born in Fairville, NB. As all good Maritimers, Carl enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1947 and served until 1980. He initially enlisted with the Royal Canadian Navy Reserves as a Stoker and served on HMCS St Stephen. After finding one too many worms in his morning porridge during his voyages with the Navy he soon came to the realization that this was not the life for him and joined the Army and the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. He reported to the Royal Canadian School of Signals in 1949 for trades training.
During his career Carl served with:
- The 27th Canadian Infantry Brigade in Northern Germany from 1951 – 53.
- United Nations Operations in the Congo in 1963;
- With the Canadian Armed Forces Advisory and Training Team Tanzania in 1967; and
- United Nations Emergency Force, Middle East in the Sinai in 1979.
Between his various operational tours, Carl’s domestic postings included the Royal Canadian School of Signals, CFB Valcartier, CFS Debert, CFS Alert, the Canadian Forces School of Communication and Electronic Engineering and Canadian Forces Crypto Maintenance Unit during the initial formation of the unit in 1971.
After retiring in 1980 at the rank of Master Warrant Officer, Carl stayed in Kingston and remained active member of the Signals extended family. And when surrounded by his grandchildren and great grandchildren he enjoyed recounting his service with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Military Communications and Electronics Museum or to any local Food Bank in his memory.