Arnold Bruce McLeod passed away on the morning of Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, surrounded by family, at the Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson, B.C.
Born April 4, 1929 and raised in Winnipeg, Man., Arnold attended Daniel McIntyre Collegiate and the University of Manitoba before securing a job with HFC Financial.
Arnold accepted a transfer with this company on a two-year trial basis to Fort Frances, Ont. He ended up staying for 36 years, raising a family with his wife, Jeannette.
Arnold later retired to Nelson, where he lived until his passing.
Arnold’s passions in life were many, from chess to soccer, basketball to Roman history, Latin to bird-watching, geography to military history; but none more than his love for his wife of 62 years, Jeannette.
Arnold always was ready to exchange greetings, share stories, or a friendly tease with, what seemed at times, everyone he encountered in the various phases and geography of his life.
]He often was referred to as a “man about town” as he seemed to know everyone as he walked down the street or entered a coffee house.
Arnold always made a point of finding out and remembering everyone’s name—from the server in a restaurant to the owner of a business or a homeless drifter who he happened to exchange a moment with.
Arnold’s life was guided by a number of precepts. In the social realm, Arnold would never be quick to judgement. Although not religious, he would cite the Biblical prescript, “everyone has a cross to bear.”
This translated into a generous and conspicuous greeting or joke with all who he encountered.
As a guide to his actions and ambitions, Arnold aspired to follow and would cite the aphorism “carpe diem” (“seize the day”) . . . as one could never assume that tomorrow was promised.
Woven throughout the application of these life precepts was Arnold’s wonderful and infectious sense of humour; a wit and appreciation of humour that helped him navigate any difficult times encountered throughout his almost 85 years of life.
Arnold’s philosophy exhibited itself in his devotion to his surviving wife, Jeannette; three sons, Bruce, Bryan, and Brad; daughter, Michelle; son- and daughters-in-law; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren, as well as countless friends and extended family all over the world.
His favourite poet is apropos:
An honest man here lies at rest,
The friend of man, the friend of truth,
The friend of age, and guide of youth:
Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d,
Few heads with knowledge so inform’d;
If there’s another world, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this.
Robert Burns
Arnold was a wonderful man who lived a good life and will be greatly missed, as he was so loved by all who knew him.
A celebration of his life will be held in this summer in Nelson.
Arnold’s ashes will be spread over Elephant Mountain in the Kootenays, Swell Bay at Bear Pass on Rainy Lake, and where the Red River meets the Assiniboine.
Ar adeis De go raibh a anan (Gaelic for “may his soul be on the Right Hand of the gods”).
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