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Born: Apr 06, 1924

Date of Passing: Feb 13, 2011

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ALLAN VICTOR ARNOTT Died peacefully with his family by his side, on February 13, 2011. Born on April 6, 1924, the only son of Russell and Mabel, he grew up on the Darlingford family farm, which was homesteaded by his grandfather. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife Edythe, and his children, Valerie and Richard Stove, Diane and Barry Sadler, Vicki and Mark Truman, and Tom and Yvonne Arnott, and his grandchildren Kristen and Lisa. After serving as a pilot and flight instructor during the Second World War, Allan's love of the land brought him home to the family farm, where he dedicated his life to raising his family and to practicing agriculture. During his lifetime, he worked with the University of Manitoba and the Canadian Seed Growers Association to develop and promote pedigreed seed in Canada and internationally. He spent two years in Nigeria, working with the Canadian International Development Agency, setting up a large scale mechanized farm to demonstrate modern farming techniques. Over the years, he took pleasure in mentoring many young farmers. He was recognized by the agricultural community through the CSGA Robertson Associate award and by his recent induction, with Edythe, into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame. His passion for farming and desire to explore innovative agricultural practices and technology took him to China, Australia, the United States, and Africa, which brought visitors from around the world to the farm. It also afforded many opportunities for him to share his vast knowledge and experiences with various Boards in the industry and within his community. Besides his immediate family, he is survived by his sister Iris. He was predeceased by sisters, Verna, Beth, and Ethel. A celebration of his life will be held at St. Paul's United Church, 353 Thornhill St., in Morden on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boundary Trails Health Centre, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or to a charity of your choice.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 16, 2011

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