Arnold Pole

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 Knight 519-862-2845

Visitation Information

Tuesday November 2, 2021 from 4-7 p.m.


Corunna United Church St. Joseph's Hospice, Sarnia St. Clair River Trail

Funeral Date

Wednesday November 3, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. from Corunna United church

29 thoughts on “Arnold Pole”

  1. Joyce and family. So sad to hear of Arnold passing away. A big loss to the community.
    Condolences to all the family
    John and Jeanne Pretty.

  2. Jeff and Sue Agar

    Sending our condolences and sympathies on Mr. Pole’s passing. He certainly will be missed by all who new him.

  3. Joyce and family. You are in our thoughts. Worked on many committees with arnold and of course, camping always and old time music we shared with him

  4. Jack & Gitte Monteith

    To the Pole family.
    Please accept our sincere condolences. Arnold will be missed by many.
    Jack & Gitte Monteith

  5. Condolences to Joyce and all the families. Arnold was such a nice person to chat with and enjoyed fiddle music. He will be missed by many.

  6. Bev and Carol Thibodeau

    Joyce , Bev and I are so sorry to hear of Arnold’s passing,We only enjoyed your company for a short while. The country music jams we attended together were quite enjoyable. Accept our condolences to you and your family.

  7. My sincerest condolences to all of Arnold’s family. Arnold was an extraordinary man, who was a great teacher and mentor to many of his students. He was a just and fair man to all. Arnold, you will be missed by everyone who knew and had ever dealt with you. Rest in peace. You truly deserve it.

  8. Heather, Darryl, Karen and Cheryl – so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He enriched the lives of so many in the community, and we are all better off for his service.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families,
    Karen Stone (Nisbet)

  9. Darryl, Linda and family.

    Thinking of you all at this time of your loss of a wonderful family and community gentleman.

    You are so fortunate to hold all memories in your thoughts and heart.

  10. I will treasure my many memories of curling with Arnold in innumerable bonspiels over the course of close to 50 years. We were always competitive and enjoyed league curling at Mooretown, Petrolia and Sarnia. In fact, I was blessed to be his vice when he made a final shot double takeout to score a very rare 8-ender in men’s league play at Petrolia. The Pole family rinks, skipped by Arnold, competed for many years in the Riverview Bonspiels and who knows how many Optimist Bonspiels. Allison and I will sincerely miss our dear curling friend.

  11. To my cousins Karen, Darryl, Sheryl and Heather, and to Joyce,
    My sincerest condolences to all of you. Arnold was such a strong anchor in his family — those near and far. He touched many lives beyond his family through the many expressions of his service to the community. His passing will echo in all of our hearts.
    All of you who have had the good fortune to share closely in his life will carry forward the many gifts that he has left you with.

  12. Pat & Cindy Brown

    To the Pole Family, we send our condolences. Arnold was a pillar of the community with a great spirit and dedication to all the groups he served with. May your happy memories live forever in your hearts.

  13. To the family of Arnold it is with deepest sympathies we extend to you all. Arnold was a dedicated person to his community and will be greatly missed. A tree will be planted in his memory as a previous member of Lambton County Council.
    Penny Phillips
    Secretary Treasurer
    Ex County Councillors and Wardens Association

  14. To the Pole Family, we were sorry to hear of Arnold`s passing. Our prayers go out to you.
    May your memories help you through these emotional times.

    Mike and Jill Bocock
    Friends from Corunna United Church

  15. Karen: Mom, Dad and I extend our sincere condolences to you, your siblings, Joyce and all your families. May treasured memories bring comfort to your hearts.

  16. Alice May Sutherland

    Joyce, Heather, Daryl, Karen, Cheryl and families.
    So sorry to hear of Arnold’s passing. He will be missed by all who knew him.
    My sincere condolences.
    Alice May Sutherland.

  17. My sympathy goes out to the Pole families. Arnold was a pillar in our Community serving on so many committees. I enjoyed his wit and intelligence while serving on Moore Township Council. I could always depend on him for a thoughtful solution. He was a dedicated
    St. Clair River Trail member also. He leaves a wonderful legacy and many good memories. He will be missed.
    Mary Jane Marsh

  18. Elizabeth Oulton

    Dear Frank and Jeanette and Joyce and all the family I send you my very deepest sympathy on the death of Arnold. He surely sounds like he was a wonderful man. I would have liked to have known him.

  19. Our sympathies and prayers go out to Arnold’s family. Our son, Clare was at Brigden School when Arnold was there. He belonged to the Antique car club for many years. I was on Moore Museum board when Arnold was there. You will miss him, Joyce.
    Gord and Barb Leaper

  20. Judy (Cathcart) Jones

    Although I haven’t seen Arnold for a few years, I will always remember him as good neighbor and friend in my growing up years. Whenever I did make a trip back to Corunna we always managed to have a nice visit. My thoughts will be with you in the coming days as you start a different life without your husband and Dad. I remember each of you Darryl, Heather, Karen and Cheryl growing up beside us and meeting you Linda a couple of times on my visit home. Take care.

  21. john and betty Smith

    So sorry to hear of your loss!
    We did several antique car runs with Joyce and Arnold and there was always a smile on his face when driving his car. He’ll be missed by all whose lives he touched.
    Blessings, John and Betty Smith

  22. So sorry to hear of Arnold’s passing. He was always willing to take a few minutes to talk whenever we met in the community, a great man and will be missed. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

  23. Joeleen DeGurse-MacDonald

    My thoughts are with Arnold’s loved ones. Arnold was the principal at Brigden when I was a student there. He worked with my mom, Joanne, for many years. Had a lovely chat with him at Tim Horton’s a while back. A wonderful man.

  24. My sincere condolences to the Pole Family.
    “Mr. Pole” was my grade 7 teacher and one I will never forget. He was a man of integrity, and instilled into his students a desire for education, and most of all a sense of respect for those around them. He insisted on being addressed as “Sir”, which was so ingrained that I still find myself addressing those I feel that are in authority, as “Sir”. I so admired him, and have spoken fondly to my children and family members, of his excellent manner as a teacher.
    Sir, you gave me a desire to be the best I could be and excel in my chosen profession. Rest in peace Sir.

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