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TERRY ARNASON

TERRY NEAL ARNASON On Saturday, June 23, 2012 Terry Arnason passed away suddenly during a well-deserved vacation in Winnipeg, at the age of 50. He will be remembered as a loving, kind, and generous man with an amazing sense of humour. He was born December 3, 1961 to Hermie and June Arnason. The majority of his youth was spent in Fort Garry, where he attended Vincent Massey Collegiate and began his career in the restaurant industry. As a young man he worked in many restaurants, and also studied under world renowned chefs in Lake Louise which helped to develop and refine his culinary skills. He spent many years as the Head Chef at Knee Lake Resort, MB where he was admired and loved by staff and guests alike. Most recently, Terry worked and resided in the community of Baker Lake, Nunavut where he was considered to be more of a family member and a friend rather than a colleague. He loved the northern lifestyle and people who live there. Terry was hard-working and legendary in the lodge industry for his talent and culinary skills. He had a remarkable, witty, clever and mischievous sense of humour. Most of all he was a kind soul with a loving and generous heart. Terry will be dearly missed by his mother June, daughters Mandy, Michela and Hannah, sister Val, brother and best buddy Dean, baby granddaughter Caitlin, and by numerous family members and friends. Terry was predeceased by his father Herman. A private service has been held to celebrate Terry's life. The family would like to thank everyone for their support and condolences. In keeping with Terry's desire to help those in need, should friends wish, contributions in his memory may be sent to Siloam Mission 300 Princess St. Winnipeg. R3B 1M3. Happy Trails Terry. We love you.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 05, 2012

Guest Book(8 entries)

  • As my work for the Nunavut Court of Justice has me travelling to many remote locations, I have only recently received word of Terry's passing. I know I speak for the entire court staff, lawyers and judiciary when I say that we will truly miss Terry. My prior schedule had me travelling to Baker Lake monthly, and he and I spent many hours catching up on news from home, friends and family. As we all travel to the majority of the communities in Nunavut and stay in countless numbers of hotels, Terry's skill as an outstanding chef, and more importantly, his warm personality and sincerely kind nature had made him somewhat of a legend amongst us all. Receiving an assignment to Baker Lake and the Nunatsiak Lodge was highly sought after, due in large part to Terry and his incredible ability to make each one of us feel as though we were the most important guest at the Lodge. In spite of his long hours of non-stop work - 12 to 14 hours a day, 7 days a week - Terry somehow always found the time to extend a kind and helping hand to many of the residents of Baker Lake, from children to elders. For those who live in Baker Lake and all of us who had the good fortune to enjoy his hospitality and friendship at the Lodge, there will always be a huge void where Terry once stood. Safe journey, my friend. You are sadly missed.
    - Posted by: Dawna Bilko (Friend) on: Sep 9, 2012
  • Terry always had a smile on his face when he greeted you. He was always happy and enjoyed chatting with you. We saw him as one of our family members and will be greatly missed here in Baker Lake Nu.
    - Posted by: Cheryl Cook (I use to be a Waitress, I worked with him for only a short time in Baker Lake Nunavut) on: Jul 17, 2012
  • I am sorry to hear of Terry's passing. We had a lot of fun times, especially at PC. You left the world a better place, and enriched a lot of people's lives. My condolences to your family.
    - Posted by: Ken Fryatt (Friend) on: Jul 13, 2012
  • I first met Terry at the Hotel Fort Garry, where he was a chef. After talking to him for a few minutes, we knew he was the perfect for Knee Lake, and luckily, he agreed. For many years after, Terry's smiling face and warm greeting made my annual trek up to Knee Lake memorable. Terry, you will be sorely missed! My heart goes out to Mandy, and to the rest of your family.
    - Posted by: Lori Pollock (friend) on: Jul 7, 2012
  • Lori and I are so saddened to here the world has lost someone so wonderful. I will never forget the very first time we were asked by Terry who was chef at Hotel Fort Garry how we enjoyed the meal that day. That was the start of a friendship that would last for years and this was also the time in his life where he embarked on new beginnings and challenges in the resort industry. He had so much talent and incredable charm that we couldn't wait to experience each and every time we would fly into Knee Lake Resort. Terry would always greet us with a warm hug. We will always love you Terry. Till we meet again.....Fred and Lori
    - Posted by: Fred Pollock (Friend) on: Jul 7, 2012
  • I remember going to school with Terry at Pembina Cest Junior High. We played on the volleyball team together and hung out. Terry was always a very kind and decent person. I am very saddened to hear of Terry's sudden death and my heart goes out to all Terry's children and family members. Sending all my thoughts and prayers from my home in Sydney, Australia
    - Posted by: David strong (Ex school mate) on: Jul 5, 2012
  • I once had the privilege of attending a dinner party for Dean's friends. Terry served us a beautiful meal. The 'brothers' were amazing hosts. Truly a wonderful memory. My deepest sympathies to the family.
    - Posted by: Lesley Whalley on: Jul 5, 2012
  • I remember Terry and Dean wrestling, it was very funny to watch. They both would wind up having bruises and bumps after. As a neighbor living a few doors down my mom, sister and I always regarded Terry(Tux) as a brother. I remember the hockey and football games we would have and Terry was always there, he would make things more funny and enjoyable to play on a team. He was a kind, soft spoken, and very hard working guy who would help anyone. You will be sadly missed Terry, you're a good man!
    - Posted by: Kenton Johnson (Family friend) on: Jul 5, 2012

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