Nov 28, 1946 – June 20, 2010
Arnie entered into the presence of the Lord after a short, hard-fought battle with a respiratory ailment, surrounded by his wife, children and grand-children. Arnie is survived by Ellen, his loving wife of 38 years; his daughter, Karen, her husband Garrett and their children Ezekiel and Olive; his son David and his wife Lyndsay; his sisters Dianna, Karo-Lee and Darlene and his brothers Dan and Gary and all his nieces and nephews.
During his 32 years in the RCMP he was a Forensic artist for 15 of those years, working mainly in the Okanagan Valley and Kootenays. In 1992 Arnie began work at the Oliver RCMP detachment, retiring in 1999 after 32 years of service. He later worked for the BC Coroner Service as a Community Coroner for a number of years before retiring completely in 2007.
Known for his sense of humour and fun-loving spirit, Arnie could be found wherever there was laughter. Arnie was an artist, avid golfer, curler and sports fan. He loved the outdoors, camping with his family, fishing with his friends and cowboying. Arnie loved the Lord, his family and his friends. He is well loved.
Arnie was a self taught artist and enjoyed the medium of pencil as well as pen and ink. He had taken several lessons in oil painting while stationed in Kamloops and has produced several oil paintings, one of which was used as the official painting of the 1991 “Cattle Drive” in Kamloops.
Arnie learned to do watercolours but admits that his first love is drawing. His subjects usually include horses and cattle and this was inspired by his 6 years working as an investigator for the RCMP livestock Section.
He contributed his talent for drawing as a God given gift and used this to teach others during his frequent drawing classes with the Oliver Sagebrushers at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday June 25, 2010 at the Oliver Alliance Church with Pastor Jeremy Cook officiating.
In lieu of flowers, his family has requested that donations be sent to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation in Arnie’s name. http://sosmedicalfoundation.com SOS Medical Foundation 550 Carmi Avenue Penticton, BC V2A 3G6.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com. Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos, BC.
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