1937-2012 75, passed away November 17, after a brave battle with cancer. Arnold is survived by his wife of 54 years, Clare, and his three daughters, Lorna (Matt Morris), Michelle (Michel Cameron), and Deborah (Filoteo Pasquini). Arnold loved to laugh and will be sorely missed by his grandchildren, Adrienne, Alexina, Heather, Margot, Samantha, Katherine, and David. The son of C. Grant Matthews and Eveline Galbraith, Arn was big brother to Bill and Jim and spent most of his youth in the Maritimes where he met Clare. Educated as a Mechanical Engineer at UNB, Arn loved to fly planes and enjoyed a career that spanned the RCAF with postings in Europe, to Air Canada based out of Montreal. Arn introduced his family to travel (with only one carry-on bag allowed), camping, and the art of story telling. Arn joins his granddaughter, Megan, predeceased, for more stories and laughter over games of Go Fish. A celebration of life will be held at J.J. Cardinal Dorval, 560 Pr. Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, PQ, Saturday, November 24th from 1:30-5:00, and please bring your own stories of Arn for sharing after 3 pm. Special thanks to Richard and Sheila Hébert for their long time friendship to Arn and Clare and for their support throughout Arn's illness. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The West Island Palliative Care Residence, where the wonderful staff and volunteers piloted Arn's final journey with caring and compassion.
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Published in The Gazette from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22, 2012