Pole– Peacefully surrounded by his loving family at the Bluewater Health Palliative Care Unit, Sarnia on Friday October 29, 2021. Arnold Pole age 88 years of Mooretown. Dear husband of Joyce. Loving father of Darryl Pole and his wife Linda of Corunna, Heather MacKellar and her husband Ian of Oakville, Karen Klumpenhouwer and her husband Kris of Corunna and Cheryl Hahn and her husband Kevin of Melbourne. Treasured grandfather of Jasmine, Natalie, Ashley, Madison, Callum, Caidan, Aselyn, Elleke, Autumn and Alexis and great-grandfather of Ellie. Arnold is also survived by; his brother, Frank Pole (Jeanette) of Nepean and his sisters, Norma Elliott of Shetland and Freda Bardwell (Ken) of Sarnia. He was a supportive stepfather of Jeff Wiles & his wife Tina and Tim Wiles & his wife Brooke of Sarnia. Loving step-grandfather of Jacob, Jenna, Hanna, Brennah, Elliot & Oliver. He was predeceased by; his wife of 54 years, Joan in 2013; his brother, Cecil and by his sister, Eileen. Arnold Pole had a long and well-renowned career as a public school teacher and principal in many local schools including Colborne St, Hill Street, Mooretown-Courtright, Riverview and Brigden public schools. Following his retirement from teaching he served on Moore/St Clair Township Council as a council member for 12 years and Deputy Mayor for 3 years. Arnold was an active member of the community who gave so much of himself to the betterment of those around him. He spent countless hours in the service of his community and made several life-long friendships along the way. He was a long time member of the Optimist Club of Moore, serving as president for multiple terms and chaired the Optimist speaking contest for many years, which was an apt interest as he was a talented orator and speaker. He served on the Brigden Fair board for many years and was an integral part of the entertainment committee, actively recruiting musical entertainment throughout the weekend. He could be seen visiting with people from all walks of life at the entertainment tent. He was also a board member of the Moore Museum and served on countless other community committees. Arnold was a founding member of the Riverview curling club and was an avid curler for over 50 years. In his retirement he could be found at the curling club almost every day of the week through the winter months. He loved to camp and attend jamboree music festivals with his friends. He loved music, particularly old-time fiddle music, and also loved to dance. He took pride in being a long time member of the Canadian Power Squadron and was an avid boater most of his life, living on the St Clair River. He taught all of his children to water-ski and instilled in them a love of the water. Arnold was a member of the Antique & Classic Car Club of Canada and could be seen driving his blue 1934 Dodge Brothers Sedan to events and meet ups. In his youth, he was an air force cadet and excelled in marksmanship, achieving several Lord Strathcona medals. In his later years he took up antique clock maintenance and repairs as a hobby and developed quite a collection of all types of clocks. He was a long time and active member of the Corunna United Church and was involved with the United Church Amicitia Club and Courtright Friendship Club. Arnold was a proud and dedicated family man who loved his children and grandchildren with a warm and generous heart. His work first-play second mantra was tempered with the ability to put his family first and be there for them in times of need or simply to attend a birthday party. He loved to play games, particularly board games, and introduced the games he played growing up with his siblings to his own family and their families. He was a great man and pillar of the community for many years. He will be missed. Friends will be received at the Knight Funeral Home, 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna on Tuesday November 2, 2021 from 4-7 p.m. Please note that due to current COVID-19 protocols face masks are mandatory along with social distancing. The maximum number of visitors allowed into the funeral home at one time will be monitored. A funeral service will be held at the Corunna United Church on Wednesday November 3, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Blair Corcoran officiating. Those wishing to attend the funeral service must provide proof of full vaccination and wear a mask or face covering. Interment will follow in Eddie Cemetery, Glencoe. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to Corunna United Church, St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia or to the St. Clair River Trail. Messages and condolences may be left on line at www.knightfuneralhome.ca Knight 519-862-2845
Tuesday November 2, 2021 from 4-7 p.m.
Corunna United Church St. Joseph's Hospice, Sarnia St. Clair River Trail
Wednesday November 3, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. from Corunna United church