It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Bob Arnott on Friday, September 2, 2016, at the age of 57 years.
Bob was a well-respected Mining Engineer who attended Haileybury School of Mines in Ontario and continued his education at Michigan Technological University where he graduated with Honors. Bob gave over 30 dedicated years to the mining industry through contributions with IOC in Labrador City, Quintette Coal in Tumbler Ridge, Westar and Teck in Sparwood, Suncor Energy in Fort McMurray, and most recently, 12 years with Finning Canada in Sparwood. Bob was as passionate about his snowmobiling as he was about his work. He served as President of the Fernie Snowmobile Association for the previous three years and was an integral part of the newly built Rolling Hills cabin – Bob’s favorite riding area.
Bob will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 26 years, Connie, and his stepdaughters Janet Spencer (Mike) and Carol Ann Spencer, granddaughter Barbara Reed (Matt), his mother Margaret Villneff (Ernest), his sister Wendy Arnott, brother Ken Arnott (Rebecca), and nephews Gabriel Arnott and Bruce Cook (Annalise). He will also be missed by cousins Andrea Carman (Randy), Cheryl Hammond (Myles), and Elizabeth Cook with their children, his aunt Suzanne Cook and cousins Lisa Seal (Darryl) and Laurie Russell (Jaime) with their children, Linda Adshed, Dale Draper (Penny), Craig Draper (Nancy), and Gary Dennis as well as numerous friends, neighbours, and co-workers. Bob will be especially missed by his dog Jasper and his cats Yoshi and Sasha.
Bob is predeceased by his Ontario family – his Father Keith Arnott, Uncle Lee & Aunt Daphne Arnott, Aunt Ila & Uncle Clinton (Doc) Draper, Aunt Evelyn & Uncle Frank Dennis, and Uncle Barry Cook, Niece Emily Shultis, and a number of close first cousins.
A celebration of Bob’s life was held on Thursday, September 8th at Cherished Memories “Serenity Chapel” with Meghan Weber, Celebrant.
A special thank you to the BCAS crew, and to the Nurses, and Physicians of the Elk Valley Hospital who went above and beyond with their compassion, team work, and love.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Memories & condolences shared at www.cherishedmemoriesfs.com. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.