May 18, 1926 ~ May 30, 2015
Arnold passed away peacefully March 30, 2015 in Qualicum Beach, BC at the age of 89, with his loving family by his side. He is predeceased by Gwyneth, his wife of 47 years, Parents Isaac and Sarah, Sister Iris, and Brothers Larry and John. Left to mourn his passing are his children Tracy (Pat) Hodges, Lorne Epp, and Grandchildren Tommy, Allie, and Davis, as well as Sisters Joyce (Menno) Fieguth, and Leila (John) Bergen. He also leaves behind nieces and nephews and his cousins that meant so much to him.
Arnold was born and raised in Meadow Lake Saskatchewan by Isaac and Sarah Epp, where he learned to live off the land and work hard at an early age. He left home at 18 years of age to join the army where he trained as a Paratrooper. Luckily for us all the war ended before he was sent overseas. His early years after the war brought him to the Comox Valley where he worked in the logging industry, and met and married his sweetheart Gwyn. After logging he worked on the family farm for many years, raising his family, and in his later years worked at CFB Comox as maintenance crew. Some of his happiest times were spent with his cousins Earl, Blake, Paul, Glen and Lloyd, on their annual hunting trips. His retirement years were spent helping out with the grandchildren who were his pride and joy, and his daily coffee at the Legion visiting with his cronies and solving the world’s problems. We will miss his kind heart, wit, and incredible sense of humour.
A Celebration of Life and Poppy Tribute will be held at the Courtenay Legion on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 12:00. Please bring your stories of Arnold to share. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honour to the Courtenay legion, Branch 17.