Vale Arthur Howard

General / Oct 25, 2012

Arthur, 93, was a member of the team that formed the Australian Canoe Federation in the run-up to the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.

Others in that original group were Ross Chenoweth and George Varcoe from Melbourne and Ossie Brownlee and Dr Frank Whitebrook.

"Arty" (as he was always known) was a founding member of Rudder Grange Canoe Club and later Fairfield Canoe Club.

He was a canoeing official at the Melbourne Olympics and continued his interest in canoeing right up till last Sunday.

He had only recently restored a ‘Sierak Canadian canoe and during the restoration discovered his name under a seat support.

Arty had built that canoe almost 60 years earlier along with Carl Sierak, the boat builder, the then operator of Rudder Grange Boatshed on the Yarra at Fairfield.

A Memorial Service will be held at Westgarth Baptist Church, 27 Simpson St, Westgarth, on Thursday (Nov. 8, 2012) at 2 p.m.