George ARNELL

ARNELL; George Charles

April 25, 1938 ~ March 8, 2015


George leaves behind his wife Marna, daughters Julie and Jennifer (Maury), grandchildren Taylor and Mitchell, niece Kelly, sister-in-law Inga, nieces Jackie (Kyle) and Joanne, mother-in-law Marie and “the dog” Mollie. After attending UBC and SFU (MA, Ed), he taught for 35 years before retiring in 1996, moving to his “estate” in Mission. There he tended chickens and ducks, felled trees, built bridges and walkways and mowed his acreage with a cunning eye-no weed shall escape.

George’s first passion was his family, being the best provider he could, a loyal friend and a believer in treating every living thing with respect. Many a meal or activity was halted as he carefully removed moths or wasps outside, or picked worms up from the garage floor. A pianist all his life, music and travel played a big part of his retired life, as did informing his family of what he considered important for them to know. Literary picks and newspaper articles were carefully chosen to be given, discussed and dissected – and then hopefully followed as George prescribed to the “Father Knows Best” era. Our home was filled with laughter and love because of his presence and we will miss George with all our hearts. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to a charity or cause of your choice. A memorial service will be held Monday, March 23rd at 1:00 pm, with a reception to follow, at Woodlawn Mission Funeral Home, 7386 Horne Street, Mission.