Arthur R. Colbourne

September 3, 1936 to February 23, 2020


COLBOURNE, Arthur R.   It is with great sadness that the family of Arthur R. Colbourne announce his passing at age 83 on February 23, 2020 in St. John’s at the Miller Centre (Palliative Care Unit). Arthur (Art) was predeceased by his parents Edwin and Annie Colbourne and infant son David. Leaving to mourn his loving wife Myra who was at his side to the end, his devoted children, John (Kara), Stephen (Jeanne), Linda Wheatley (Rob), Edwina, Paula, Denis, and Donna Curran. Beloved grandchildren, Tyler, Anthony, Adam, Kenzie, Terri-Lynn, Allan, Stephanie, Stephen, Heather, Christa-Leigh, Amanda, Bryan, Jaimee and Jarred. Beautiful great-grandchildren Isabella, Halleigh, Noah, Lucas, Rian, Addisyn, Myles and Brooke. Sister Edwina Burdekin; Brothers Charlie (Sharon), Rev. Gerald (Eileen) and Denis (Anna). Sister-in-law Loretta (Ray Snow) and brother-in-law Sandy Bugden (Brenda) and a wide circle of extended family, close friends and wonderful caring neighbours. Art spent almost his entire working life in various aspects of municipal administration throughout the Province. He retired from the Provincial Government in Dec. 1996 as an Assistant Deputy Minister of the Department of Municipal Affairs. In his retirement years Art published a book, enjoyed his workshop and travelling in the motor home. At Art’s request, cremation has taken place. Visitation is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, February 27th and 28th at Carnell’s Funeral Home, Freshwater Road in St. John’s from 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Burial will take place at a later date in Twillingate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Art’s memory to the English Harbour United Church, P.O. Box 10, Site 14, Port Rexton, NL A0C 2H0 where Art and Myra shared many happy times in their various campers over the past twenty years.



2-4 p.m. on February 27, 2020

7-9 p.m. on February 27, 2020

2-4 p.m. on February 28, 2020

7-9 p.m. on February 28, 2020

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Sending our deepest and heartfelt condolences to all the family. I hold dear the many memories of Uncle Art from my childhood. He delighted in entertaining us with his comical antics and humorous stories and tales. Art was a much loved “uncle” and though the family dynamics changed, he remained a prominent figure in our hearts. In later years, when we chanced to meet, he would greet you with a warm embrace and his face reflected his delight in seeing you…the feeling was mutual. He will be fondly remembered.

May the many cherished memories that you shared give you strength at this difficult time.
Much love and hugs to you all ❤️

Myra I am so sorry to hear about Art. May all your good memories together help to get you through this difficult time.

My dearest cousins, it was left with a very heavy heart on hearing of the loss of your dear father. Uncle Art is a large part of my childhood memories, always had something up his sleeve to bring a laugh even when things were not going as planned. He will remain in my heart and memories forever.
Please know our thoughts, love and hugs are with you during this difficult time.

I’m so sorry for your loss.

Myra and family, my deepest sympathy. Sorry to hear of Art’s passing. He was a very nice man.

Myra, so sorry to hear of Art’s passing. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Barry & Glenda Wilkins

My sympathy to Myra and family. I remember Art well from his time with the Department of Municipal Affairs and, after his retirement, faithfully picking up Myra in front of the West Block.

My deepest sympathy I have always enjoyed visiting with Art and Myra on my trips to Newfoundland.. My prayers and thoughts go out to the family He will be missed

Sending our most heart felt sympathy to the entire family. It was with such sadness that I heard this news. I have the greatest memories of “Uncle” Art from childhood. He was a great story teller and surely loved to laugh. He will be deary missed. Love and Hugs to you all at this time.

Sending our sincere condolences to all your family at this sad time of your father, grandfather and great father’s passing. You have surely been blessed with such a wonderful large family to comfort each other during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Taylor and Carolyn Colbourne

Denis, Donna and all the family I offer my condolences on the loss of your dad.

Deepest sympathy to the Colbourne family, we we certainly miss his face at the shop.

Please accept my sincere condolences

Myra and the Colbourne family, our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.. We have very fond memories of Art and always enjoyed his company and humor. He will be missed..

Donna & Familiy,
Sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. Sending you healing strength and prayers at this difficult time.

Love Nora Drake

Myra, we are very saddened by Art’s passing. Since we moved onto the street 15 years ago, we have enjoyed very much the many neighbourly chats, the amusing stories, and the scattered glass. I will miss being able to go to Art for a handyman hint when I wasn’t sure how to tackle an issue. He was a clever fellow in the workshop, and a fine neighbor. We will miss him, and we are very sorry for your loss.

Myra, we are so sorry to hear of Art’s passing..Wherever we met Art he always had a joke..He will be surely missed..Our condolences to you and all the family..

Myra, Donna, Edwina, Paula, Linda, Steve, John and Denis. My heart breaks for your loss. I am thinking of you in this difficult time. I feel fortunate to have many special memories that I can hold and cherish forever. He truly was a one of a kind. Sending lots of love and hugs to you all in this difficult time. Hold your own memories close and I hope they will bring you some comfort.

Jackie, Bill, Robert and Riley.

John, Steve, Linda, Edwina, Paula, Denis, and Donna. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Uncle Art was a large character in my childhood. His wonderful humour and great stories are etched …. with grins ….into my memory. They were great times. Thinking about him always brings a smile. Over the years… any time I have gotten to see any of you… I see him there. He lives on in you

It is so sad to hear that our Uncle Art is not with us any longer, but his memory, stories and laughter will be. I hope we all can find some comfort in that. All our love to you Aunt Myra and to all of his family and friends.
Deborah, Javad, Aleah and Sophia

Myra: So sorry you have lost your wonderful soulmate. I wish you comfort and courage to face the days ahead without Art and loving memories to hold in your heart.

Paula, and family. So saddened to hear of your dad’s passing.. It is difficult to lose those we love so dearly.. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers and hope you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have shared with your dad..

Nancy & Neil Cashin & family

Myra very sorry to hear of Art’s passing our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family. Hold fast to his memories..God Bless.

Our sincere condolences on the passing of Art. I enjoyed working with both of you for so many years and have many fond memories of the good times we had. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Our sincere condolences on the passing of Art. I enjoyed working with both of you for so many years and have so many good memories of the times we had. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Marian and Wayne Fowler

Mr. Colbourne will be sadly missed. Such a kind man and wonderful dad. He loved his family dearly and made everyone feel like a part of the family. I’ll always look back fondly on the many days spent as a kid with the Colbournes at the house on Country Road.
Sending love and hugs and deepest condolences to the family.
Love Allie and Isla

On behalf of the Paul’s family, I offer my sincere condolences to you all on the loss of a wonderful man and friend. Art was a great friend to our family when we resided in Happy Valley, Goose Bay and later on in Marystown and St. John’s. Our families would often enjoy family festivities and country outtings together back in the day. I remember going trouting with my father and Art and John and Steve near Bay L’argent and other great fishing areas when we were young. And I remember Art was quite an outdoorsman who had an infectious smile and kind personality. Hold on tight to your wonderful memories as you support each other through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Take care.

Sending you all our Love at this difficult time,we didn’t see him much but we always had a great time when we meet.he gave me one of his books that he wrote.I will have it forever,We share our grief to Myra and all the family.God Bless you all. Raymond and Loretta

Donna & Family,
Sorry to hear of your Dad’s Passing. Although you will miss him, cherish the many years you were fortunate enough to have him with you.
Sincerest Condolences,
Flora & Ern Pennell

Worked with Art in Happy Valley, Labrador at the Municipal office, he was the Town Manager. I enjoyed my time there very much, he was a great man, excellent to work with and was also a great friend. So sad to hear of his passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you all!

I am thinking about you at this difficult time. Take comfort in the happy and fun times you both shared and all the beautiful memories that you made. When you get sad, share a memory and it will bring a smile to your face. He was a very special man and I know you will miss him. I’m very sorry for your loss. Much love, your friend………….Brenda

Thinking of you all at this very difficult time. I have so many fond memories of Art and I’m so very sorry for your loss.
Sincerest sympathy.
Donna Maidment

So very sorry to hear of Arthurs passing. I remember fondly the first time I met him, along with you Myra, at the English Harbour United Church where I had just begun my student ministry. A beautiful man, with a twinkle in his eye and a great sense of humor! Cherish your memories and find comfort in knowing that you were a special part of a well lived life.
On behalf of myself and your family of faith at English Harbour United Church, please accept our love and sympathy at this time.
Emma ORourke DLM

Thinking of you all at this most difficult time.

“What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”
Helen Keller

Sending you all love and hugs at this difficult time. I pray that the cherished memories you each have will carry you through today, and for the time to come. Art touched so many lives, mine included, and he will be greatly missed by all. A true gem ALWAYS……..❤️

No words can express how much our family is touched and saddened by the passing of Arthur Colbourne, dad to Donna and Denis, who have been friends of ours for 30+ years. We share in their grief. We also can’t forget their siblings, mother, and all their family who are too equally saddened by this passing. But in the loss of someone we discover something magical and beautiful in that person. And I am sure you find peace in that discovery. God Bless and hugs.

We are so sorry for you loss. Love and prayers to you all ❤️