It is with great sadness that the family of Kenneth H. Arnott announce his peaceful passing on Tuesday May 10, 2022 at the age of 95 years.

Ken was born in Sheffield, England to (John & Gwendiline). He worked at Butterley Steel & Engineering in Ripley, Derbyshire while he studied for his Engineering Degree. It was there he met Evelyn who worked as a drafter. They were married in 1952 and emigrated to Canada shortly after.

After a few stops along the way, they ended up in Victoria, where Ken worked for the then Department of Highways as a Bridge Engineer. He retired in 1987 from the Government and went on to work as a Consulting Engineer into his 80’s.

As young kid’s we remember the many parties they had with their friends and workmates, dancing and singing in the downstairs English pub displaying his love of music and entertaining.

He took us to endless lessons, swimming, skating, tennis, gymnastics…., as well as coaching us and others in soccer and track and field.

He continued coaching soccer after his retirement and made many special friends along the way.

His love of running started around the age of 45 and continued until a few years ago.

He participated in many 5k, 10k and half marathons winning countless medals over the years. One of his proudest moments was going in the Senior Olympic Games in Tucson in 1997, where he was asked to carry the flame for a leg to the stadium. His biggest achievement was training for and completing the Honolulu Marathon in 1999 at the age of 73.

Ken will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife of 70 years, Evelyn; Children Jacqueline (Allan), David, and Jeffrey (Lindsay); Grandchildren Candice (Paul) and Matthew (Hayley); Great-grandchildren Evelyn, Malachi, Theodore, Greta, and Charles, Step-grandchildren Emily (Jacob), Brendan (Rachel), and Duncan (Melissa); and Step-Great-grandchildren Liam, Penelope, Emma, Peyton, Sommar, Kayon and Kendrick.

The family wishes to send a special thank you to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Sunrise of Victoria Care Home for their care and compassion.

A Celebration of Ken’s Life will be held on June 12. An open house at the family home at 3431 Woodburn Ave will be held between 2:00pm and 4:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donate to your favorite charity, or just pass along a favorite memory of Ken.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Roberta Ferguson

    So saddened with the news of Ken’s passing. He was a run friend many years back; our token male in our run group. Ken’s selflessness in sharing his knowledge and support will be always remembered with a smile. He hosted our group in Parksville and was a true gentleman with a wry sense of humour. Our deepest condolences to Evelyn and family. Bobbie and Laura

  • Ronald Chatterton

    Dear family, as a dear friend to Candace I pass on my sincere condolences to the whole family.
    Warm regards, from Ron

  • Mariana Klinko

    We have many fond memories of lovely times and interesting conversations with Ken during Ken and Evelyn’s visits to Australia.

    Sending our love and deepest condolences to Evelyn, Candice and the Arnott family.

    Love from the Klinko family.

  • Susan MacKenzie

    To my dear friend. I was so sorry to hear you had left us. I will always remember our runs (Koda running with us), laughs, talks and friendship. Ken often spoke about his family. They were very precious to him. He was very proud of his three children, grand children and great grandchildren. I heard many a story of his adventures to Australia, runs in Hawaii on route, visits from family and the little ones. He lived life and was always up for an adventure. Later in life he even took some art classes and drew incredible cards for my birthdays (usually remnant of a run we had completed) and lovely hand drawn pictures he gifted to my boys. He had many hidden talents. Say hi to Koda. He loved you and would get excited at the mention of your name as he knew a person with a big heart. You will be missed xoxo

    My deepest condolences to Evelyn and the family. You are all in my thoughts. I am sad I will not be able to attend June 12. We will be out of the country.

  • David Wells

    Farewell Ken now running on the tracks in the sky
    Rest in peace dear brother in law

    My deepest symphony to Evelyn and family my
    Thoughts are with you

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  • Vance Smith

    I was very lucky to have met Ken when I started my career. His kind patience and deep knowledge of the industry helped me immensely. I’ll always remember our chats about soccer and the warm reception when we met. A remarkable man.

  • Michelle

    My thoughts are with you rest in peace uncle ken

  • Calli Lange

    Dave and Family we are so very sorry for your loss. We are honoured to have known Ken and spend some time with him and your family over the years. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Vern and Calli Lange

  • Maria Capela

    Paul and Maria Capela
    Our deepest condolences to all of his family.

    Ken was an inspiration to all of us.

  • Margo

    Sorry for your loss Jeff. I’m pretty sure he was very proud of you and your career. I remember the last time I saw him – at your beautiful home, and he seemed to be enjoying the sunshine in their old back yard, probably remembering all their friends and family being welcomed.

  • Wayne Fairbairn

    Ken lived a long and productive life…we should all be so fortunate. I learned a lot from Ken about steel connections, he was never too busy to explain the forces and how to apply them to connections.

  • Dot and George Smith

    Our deepest condolences to
    Evelyn and family.

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