Obituary of Arthur William Joseph Rowsell
Passed peacefully away on May 24, 2022, Arthur William Joseph Rowsell, at the Carmelite House Palliative Care Room in Grand Falls-Windsor. He was 84 years of age. Mr. Rowsell retired from The Dept. of Highways. He was predeceased by his parents Esau and Violet Rowsell; son John Rowsell and the mother of his children Flossie Rowsell.
Art was born on February 1st, 1938, to Esau and Violet Rowsell in Point Leamington, NL. Art worked for the A.N.D Company for a number of years, and then worked for the Department of Highways up until his retirement at age 55. He decided to retire at 55 because he wanted to “enjoy life”, which he certainly did. After retirement, Art jumped at the opportunity to go to the Yukon to do some work with his brother, Dawson, and for the adventure. He loved the time he spent up North, and often spoke about it over the years.
On November 11th of 1960, Art married Flossie, and together they raised their three children in Point Leamington. While living there, Art was a proud and dedicated member of the Volunteer Fire Department. Years later, Art met the love of his life, Elsie, and moved to Northern Arm. There, they lived happily together for the past 30 years, up until he passed away.
In his younger years, Art enjoyed playing darts and broom ball. And although he would not admit it, many people thought he was an excellent dancer. Art had a passion for travelling and seeing different places. He loved going in the woods, spending time out on the salt water, berry picking, and tending to his vegetable garden. He also loved spending time out in his shed.
When Art wasn’t outdoors, you could often find him reading a good book, playing Tetris, or having a game of patience or solitaire. Art also loved cooking and having a crowd of friends and family around, especially for Sunday dinners and special occasions. Art was a wonderful storyteller and loved having a yarn. He was the type of storyteller that you could sit and listen to all day long.
Art was a devoted family man. He thought the world of Elsie, his children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, and the rest of his family. He never failed to phone each of his siblings on their birthdays and special occasions every year. Art was also a kind friend. He thoroughly enjoyed helping people, whether it was fixing boat motors, mending fishing nets, or doing carpentry work, he was always ready to lend a hand.
He leaves to mourn his wife Elsie Ball; son Ross Rowsell; daughter Margaret (Bill) Fillatre, Nancy Ball (Jason Canning), Tina Ball; grandchildren Amy Pollard (Dustin Gunn), Ashley Langdon (Robert Burt), Cole Blake, John and Theo Rowsell; sisters Yvonne (Harry) Goulding, Mary (Ross) Bridger, Mimie (George) Pardy, Anne (George) Moores; brothers Dawson (Barbara) Rowsell, Bruce (Florence) Rowsell, Bryce (Jean) Rowsell, Kevin (Ann) Rowsell.
Art was very much loved and will be forever remembered by his large circle of family and friends.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Woolfrey for the excellent care he provided to Art over the years, the ER staff at the Dr. Hugh Twomey Health Centre and the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre, the staff who cared for Art during his brief stay at the Carmelite House, and all other health care team members that cared for Art.
Pallbearers will be Mary and Ross Bridger, Dawson Rowsell, George Moores, Jason Canning, Dustin Gunn. Honorary pallbearers will be daughter Margaret Fillatre and granddaughter Amy Pollard.
CSM Rex Thompson will conduct the funeral service from Hoskins Funeral Home in Botwood on Saturday at 2 P.M. Interment to follow at the United Cemetery in Northern Arm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Northern Arm United Church Cemetery Fund.
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