CHISHOLM, John Archie "Arch"


Age 77, passed away peacefully, after a long battle with cancer, in the Palliative Care Unit at the QEII in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Anne (Tanton); sister Grace Connolly (Cyril) of Truro; sister-in-law Mary (Tanton) Stone (John) of Boutilier’s Point, sister-in-law Lesley Tanton of Chester and many, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Arch was predeceased by their son, Stephen; his parents John Joseph and Ann (Sullivan) Chisholm; half-sister Georgina (Fraser) MacDonald and a brother Donald, in infancy. Arch was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and grew up in Glen Road, Antigonish County. After studying at NSAC and graduating from Macdonald College with a degree in agriculture, he worked for Ford Motor Company in Oakville and St. Thomas, Ontario for 30 years. Boredom set in quickly following Arch’s retirement from Ford and he subsequently returned to the work world selling and repairing espresso machines and helping Anne in her coffee shop in London, Ontario (he was the famous, grumpy but loveable morning man running the cash register). In 2003 Arch and Anne returned to Nova Scotia to be near their families (and the lobster pound). Here he owned and operated a hammock making business. After his final retirement, he and Anne sold their home in Boutilier’s Point, purchased a motor home and set out on a 3-year odyssey to tour North America. Following that Arch and Anne settled in Halifax but boredom raised its ugly head again and he found the job he loved the most: driving a tour bus for Ambassatours here in Halifax. Arch was a man of generous spirit who was always willing to help others. He left an imprint wherever he went (he even has a Mexican Train strategy name for him in one of the campgrounds he visited on his RV trip). He will be remembered by his many friends near and far as an easygoing affable person who loved life and all it offered. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Arch’s life will be held at the Hubbards Barn in Hubbards, Nova Scotia, October 22, 2017, at 2 pm. If it is a nice day the ceremony will be outside in the meadow. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to establish the Chisholm Family Fund for Organic Farming c/o Office of Advancement, Dalhousie University, P.O. Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 tel: 902-494-8801 or toll-free 1-800-565-9969. Please make cheques payable to Dalhousie University.13218671

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