Pop Arnold of Chilliwack passed away on Saturday, March 4th at the age of 82.
Pop was born in Yorkshire England and immigrated to Canada at the age of 3. He was raised in Regina where he enlisted in the Canadian Army at the age of 17. He served with the 23rd Field Engineer Company during WWII. While on leave in England he met and married Jacynth (Jackie). Following the war the couple moved to Vancouver where 3 of their daughters were born. He then re-enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps and was posted to Whitehorse where their 4th daughter was born. Following a 3-year posting to Soest, Germany the family moved to Vedder Crossing and later to their home in Chilliwack.
Sports were a passion for Pop and he spent many years coaching baseball and was actively involved in hockey. Pop was a trainer for the Chilliwack Jets and Chilliwack Bruins for a number of years. Pop was also a huge support of the Chilliwack Chiefs . . . The Chiefs left town and so did Pop.
Pop is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jackie, daughters Judy (Andy), Shirley (Al), Wendy (Claude) and Leanne (Gerry); grandchildren Corrine (Mike), Christopher, Dwayne, Katrina, Brian, Bryce and Kyra; great-grandchildren Taylor, Nathan and Colby and also survived by his brother Ken.
Memorial service will be held on Friday, March 10, 2006 at 10:00 am at Henderson’s Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Children’s Hospital or any charity of your choice.