It is with a great sense of loss that we honour the passing of Hubert Arnold Laumen (Arnold) on January 15, 2014 at The Views, St. Joseph’s Hospital. He died peacefully with his daughter at his side.
Arnold was born February 1, 1926 in Geleen, Netherlands although he lived most of his childhood in Indonesia where he and his family were eventually interned in concentration camps during the war. After the war he returned to Holland and joined the Merchant Marines as a cook. He had many fond memories of those days travelling the world.
In 1960 he and his wife and children immigrated to Canada where he continued his career as a chef. He was the head chef at the Arbutus Hotel in Courtenay for many years and was proud of his reputation for the ‘best prime rib’ on the island. In his retirement he continued to stay active donating many hours of labour to assist in the maintenance of the Kiwanis Village in Courtenay where he also lived.
He is survived by his partner, Gunnel and her family, five children, twenty two grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. We would also like to mention and thank his long time and dearest friends, Al and Margo Curtis and their family, who loved and supported Arnold in every possible way right until the end.
There will not be a memorial at Arnold’s request and in lieu of flowers donations can be given to a charity of personal choice.
…..you will be sorely missed and remain in our hearts always.