Lt Arthur Nelson Lang (Ret'd)

    • Arthur Nelson Lang
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    • Lt Arthur Nelson Lang

    We regret to advise of the death of Lieutenant Arthur Nelson Lang (Ret'd) on 27 February 2016 in his 101st year.

    Born in Sioux Lookout ON, the family moved to Winnipeg where Art attended high school and the University of Manitoba. After graduating in 1942 in civil engineering he enlisted in the Canadian Army and was assigned to the Royal Canadian Engineers. After 12 weeks of basic officer training at Gordon Head, Victoria, BC, he completed 12 more weeks of Engineer training at A6 CETC (Canadian Engineer Training Centre) at Camp Chilliwack. 

    In July 1943, Art was posted to England and continued his training as a reinforcement in preparation for the invasion of Europe. Just prior to the invasion, he was assigned to the 6th Field Company as a supernumerary officer. After the Breakout from the Normandy Bridgehead, Art took a platoon from the 2nd Battalion, RCE and joined the 6th Field Company at Carpiquet. He led the platoon through the rest of the war through France, Belgium, and Holland supporting the 3rd Canadian Division.  Art returned home to Canada in October 1945, meeting his two-year-old son for the first time.

    On his return home Art joined the Canadian National Railway and lived and worked across the Prairies in a variety of cities and towns. In 1963 he moved his family to Vancouver where he pursued a new career in sales. Art was interested in literature and the arts. A volunteer at the Vancouver and Burnaby Art Galleries, he also sang with the 411 Choir and joined Brock House and Great Books group.

     A memorial service will be held on 23 April 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at First Memorial, 602 Kingsway, Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan ( ) or The Longhouse Council of Native Ministry, 2595 Franklin St, Vancouver. {khMay16dc} [zpi ]