Lapointe, Arthur Joseph Leo 'Art'

Thornbury's Town Crier

Art Lapointe of Thornbury passed away peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services in Meaford on Monday, November 2nd, 2020 at the age of 92.

He will be missed dearly by his beloved wife Beverly Lapointe (nee Sutherland) of Thornbury.

Art was well known as ‘Thornbury’s Town Crier’. He enjoyed volunteering with the Big Brothers and the Marsh Street Community Centre.  Art will be remembered fondly by all who knew him and had the pleasure of spending time with him.

Cremation has taken place and Art’s life will be celebrated after the Covid-19 restrictions have lifted and it is safe for friends and extended family to gather.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Marsh Street Community Centre (Cheques Only Please) would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.


Art’s life will be celebrated after the Covid-19 restrictions have lifted and it is safe for friends and extended family to gather.

Donations: Marsh Street Community Centre (Cheques Only Please)
Make a donation in memory of Arthur Joseph Leo 'Art' Lapointe

Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Linda Potter
    Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Bev sorry for your loss I will miss Arts Jokes. I can remember he would knock on the door tell me a joke and leave. He was a big fixture at Marsh Street Centre and a good coffee host

    Linda Potter

  2. Sandra Pyatt
    Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Dear Beverly
    Thinking at such a difficult time. Art was a great guy that did so much for his community. He had a smile and usually a funny tale to tell. Cherish your wonderful memories.
    Sandra & Randy Pyatt

  3. Sue Aldcorn
    Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    I’m so sorry to hear about Art. His jokes, his kindness. I truly loved him. No matter my mood, just seeing made me smile; I count myself lucky that we were next-door neighbours and that I got to be one of the many he’d share his funny stories with.

  4. Town Crier Ken Templeman
    Wednesday, November 4, 2020

    So sorry to hear of Art’s passing. He was well respected in the world of town criers and I thought a lot of him as a friend. Out thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Bill & Liz McKee
    Wednesday, November 4, 2020

    Bev: Liz and I are thinking of you now more than ever. Our deepest condolences. Art was such a terrific guy. Of course his sense of humour was like mine so that was even better. I respected him as a creative artist, person and town crier. We will all miss him. We also are thinking of you as well. Bill and Liz McKee.

  6. Marsh Street Centre Board
    Wednesday, November 4, 2020

    On behalf of its members and all who shared his many jokes and contributions to the community, the Board of Directors of the Marsh Street Centre extends condolences to the family of Art” Lapointe.
    With his wife Bev, Art was a long-time and enthusiastic supporter or the Marsh and a frequent helper at Coffee Klatch.
    We are speaking on behalf of many when we say that you’re in our prayers and that Art’s generosity and good humour will always be part of the Marsh’s spirit.

  7. Chris & Mike. (Blake/McKim)
    Wednesday, November 4, 2020

    so many years … so many memories of Art … his jokes his laugh.
    our condolences to you Bev … you are in our thoughts.

  8. Terri Robbins
    Wednesday, November 4, 2020

    My dearest Bev,
    We are so very sad to hear the news of Art’s passing. He was such a wonderful guy!! Sending you all of our love from Newfoundland! XO
    Bill & Terri

  9. Lyn Ronald
    Wednesday, November 4, 2020

    Bev, I was so sorry to hear of Art’s passing. He was a wonderful and generous person with a unique sense of humour but who always made me laugh. Thornbury and Clarksburg will be a different place without him and a little sadder.

  10. Linda Teed
    Thursday, November 5, 2020

    Dear Bev
    Memories are what we hold to now , of such a friendly and witty gentleman , who always took the time to put a smile on the people he greeted. A funny joke, or poem. Always asking how everyone was.
    Always remembered.

  11. Steve & Linda Travers Travers
    Thursday, November 5, 2020

    Dear Beverly , Art was indeed a great Town Crier and gave me all sorts of splendid advice when I first became the City of Barrie’s Town Crier back in 2002 .
    I remember he would wear bright red 18th Century style hosiery, and always added a hint of humour into
    his proclamations at Town Crier contests.
    His contributions to his community were wonderful, and he was always ready to help your local charities .
    Both yourself Bev and your husband Art were great assets to our Ontario Guild of Town Criers.

  12. Doug Turvey
    Thursday, November 5, 2020

    So sad to hear this. At one of the competitions that I held in Ingersoll, he had Ken Templeman bring down a flower stand, that is still proudly displayed at the front of our house. A super nice guy. Our condolences.

    Doug and Lois Turvey

  13. Harold and Bev Ardiel
    Thursday, November 5, 2020

    Dear Bev,
    We are so sorry to hear of Art’s passing. Although we didn’t know him well personally, we know that he was a well liked man who contributed a great deal to our community in various ways.
    Our son Keith, along with other boys worked at the Co-op gas bar when they were teenagers.
    Art was their boss. He was good, and fair with them, and they respected him.
    They loved his sense of humour and enjoyed working for him.
    Keith has many good memories of Art that he has often shared with us.

  14. André Pauwels
    Friday, November 6, 2020

    Geachte. Langs deze weg willen we onze oprechte deelneming betuigen voor een Roeper (Town Crier) Arthur Joseph.
    Namens de Eerste vereniging van Stads -& Dorpsomroepers Nederland.
    Secretaris lopende zaken : André Pauwels bellenman Ad Interim Ledegem Belguim.

  15. Chris Whyman
    Friday, November 6, 2020

    It was sad to hear of Art’s passing. It’s always a touching moment when someone in our fraternity of town criers has his bell silenced for the last time and people take the time to think of all the great times we had together. Art was a funny and fun person and he will be missed.

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

    Doug & Linda Wellman

    Dear Bev:

    So sorry to hear about Art’s passing. He was a great person with his stories, jokes and engaging personality to all who came in his path. I fondly remember him when he was the Georgian Peaks “Greeter” as we rolled into the Club. Lots of memories! God Bless, and You Keep Well.


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