SCHREINER, Arnold ‘Arnie’ John
It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Arnold passed away suddenly and peacefully, with his family at his side, December 29, 2011, at St Joseph’s Hospital in Comox.
He is survived by Jean, his loving wife of 59 years, and five children, daughter Sandra (Comox, Husband Ron, and grandchildren Joe and Susan (Husband Greg and great-grandchildren Colton and Luke), son Gord (Comox, Wife Cheryl, and grandchildren Kala (Partner Steve and great-grand child Ava), Garrett, Carson and Kasidy), son Bob (Langley, Wife Susan, and grandchildren Ben and Kate), son Joe (Comox) and daughter Mary (Campbell River, Husband Jens).
Arnold was born on August 7, 1928, and raised in Humboldt, Saskatchewan; his stories of life on the prairies will be missed by his family. He joined the RCAF in 1951, and faithfully served his country, on both coasts, for 25 years. He and Jean were married October 8, 1952 at Assumption Church in Marysburg, Saskatchewan. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, ‘Arnie’ became a well-known, local Businessman (Jolly Giant, Fudge Pot and Flower Pot). He also continued his desire to ‘serve’, for his community, as a member of the Courtenay Kiwanis Club, and then as a founding charter member, and President, of the Comox Kiwanis Club. He will be fondly remembered for his multiple appearances as a ‘colourful pirate’ in the Annual Canada and Nautical Days Parades.
Arnold was an avid outdoorsman throughout his life who enjoyed hunting and fishing, and even though he took up golf later in life, managed to get a ‘Hole-in-One’ at Glacier Greens. In his later years, he found solace in more sedentary pursuits of ‘rock-hounding’, lapidary endeavours and the Blue Jays (go figure!). He loved a good story and was a voracious reader and puzzle solver. His keen sense of humour will be missed. He was a strong and dedicated family-man whose values of caring and sharing were his credo, and he enjoyed his many friendships.
A memorial is planned for Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 1pm at the Comox Legion. Donations, in Arnold’s name may be made to the St. Joseph’s General Hospital Caring Spirit Foundation.