In the early morning hours of January 31st, 2015, Arnold laid down his earthly burden and passed to his Heavenly Father.
Arnold was born in Revelstoke, BC on January 15, 1941, to Margit Lucia and A.R. “Jim” Ash. He was predeceased by his mother in 1961, and his father in 1969. He leaves to mourn his sister, Margo and brother-in-law, Glen Pederson; nephew, Ron (Theresa) Pederson; niece, Roxanne (Lou) Nisk; and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Arnold lived at home in Revelstoke and Vancouver, then moved on to several different places of care.
In Langley, at Linden Lodge with Ann and Gordon Anderson, they formed a small choir. His fondest memory was “to sing for the Queen” when she visited Vancouver and walked by them and stopped to say a few words.
He moved to Salmon Arm and lived with Judy and Ray Liebholz, making more friends, especially Rosie. He went to “Seniors” meetings, where he read to Lillian every day.
Arnold moved to Joy and Cliff Eliason’s Family Care Home in Salmon Arm, where he lived with “family” and friends. He went on his only trip to Alberta with Joy and Cliff and saw “big mountains”. He enjoyed going to church on Sunday with Joy and meeting everyone.
He moved to Bastion Place in 2009, where a short stay became a long one and he met wonderful caregivers: Kathy, who made him feel welcome; Bobbi, who took him for a ride in a car with no roof; Vanessa, who invented pleasant ways for him to take his medicine; Shelley and Jennifer, who looked after recreation and so much more; and Jeremy, who was with him from the beginning to the end.
So many others looked after him and made sure all his calendars were turned to the proper month and made sure he was as comfortable as possible.
There will be a celebration of Arnold’s life later this spring.
Online condolences can be sent through Arnold’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.