Arthur Sombrowski Death – Arthur Sombrowski’s passing is a loss for everyone in the Fernie & District Historical Society and the Fernie Museum, including the board of directors and the employees and they mourn his death. On Tuesday, April 4th, he was pronounced dead by the officials. He made himself accessible to call at any time with queries or concerns and was a very significant resource in the success of the project, which resulted in the Museum that we all love visiting today.
The Sombrowski family has been loyal members of the Society for as long as it has existed, and they have consistently shown their generosity toward the organization by providing it with both financial and other types of support. They are sincere friends of the Museum and of the lasting history of Fernie. When the Museum was moved to its current location at 491 2nd Avenue, Arthur Sombrowski was very generous with his time.
He conducted walkthroughs with Laura Nelson, who was serving as president of the FDHS at the time, to determine what needed to be done to bring it up to code, to establish priorities, and to discuss available options, costs, and possible timelines for keeping the project on track.
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He made himself available to call. Fernie Museum posted that “we send our sincere condolences to Arthur’s brother and FDHS Board Member, Gordon, to their parents Ingrid and Art, and to all of Arthur’s family and friends. He will be very much missed.” Permanent and rotating exhibits at the Fernie Museum highlight the natural and cultural riches of Fernie and the surrounding Elk Valley-Crowsnest Pass area. Over ten thousand records, photographs, and artifacts from Fernie’s past are safely stored in the city’s Archives Centre & Collections Centre.
The society employs heritage techniques to keep these artifacts safe for future generations. Scotiabank of Fernie has generously donated the use of its Archives Centre. In addition to bigger festivals like the yearly Fernie Chautauqua Festival, public programming includes educational services, free and paid programs like the famous Lunch & Learn Series, and numerous community engagement efforts.
Arthur Sombrowski obituary and funeral arrangements will be released by family members
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