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JOHANN ARNASON

Born: Mar 15, 1921

Date of Passing: Jan 26, 2017

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JOHANN (J.T.) ARNASON 1921 - 2017 Johann (J.T.) Arnason was born in Gimli, Manitoba on March 15, 1921, and it was there, on January 26, 2017, that he peacefully left us, after living a rich and full life. We know that he's in good company now joining the love of his life, Elin (Diddy), siblings: Valdi, Olaf, John, Herman and Gordie, and other family members and close friends. Joey made the most of his 95 years on this earth, and the details of his amazing life far exceed what we are sharing. After serving in the navy during the Second World War on the HMCS Digby, he worked on a ship on the Mackenzie River and fished before returning home in 1945 to marry Diddy, his wife of 59 years. They welcomed their children, Brian, Robert, Kenny, Debbie and Susan, and later their daughters and sons-in-law: Dorothy, Ruth, Judy, Nick and Larry into their lives and hearts. They were the best grandparents possible to Raegan (Andre), Carmen (Scott), Jenna (Dave), Brett, Ashton, Mackenzie, Erik, Luke, Donna (Curtis), Sharon (Stewart), and great-grandparents to Ryan, Lewis and Rachael. He leaves behind siblings, Anna, Elin and Freddy, and many family members. Joey was a Gimli institution and local legend. He gave his heart, his help and his time unselfishly. He helped build the first Gimli Legion, and was a founding, charter and life member. He was 1st Deputy Fire Chief for the Gimli Fire Department and received a 25 year service medal. He was a Past Master of the Viking Lodge #175, President of the Interlake Shrine Club and a member of the Khartum Komedians. He served as President of the Old Timers Reunion Ball, Councillor of the Town of Gimli, and was a School Board Trustee and Chairman. Joey was a huge sports fan. He was Chairman and a life member of the Gimli Curling Club and an honorary life member of the Manitoba Curling Association. He was a longstanding season ticket holder for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. There was nothing he enjoyed more than watching a football or hockey game. He juggled several careers early in life. He was an accountant/bookkeeper at Betel Home Foundation and an Insurance salesman at Monarch Life Assurance. He did this, as well as open Tip Top Foods in 1946 with his brother Valdi. He retired from Tip Top after 35 years and left it up to his sons, Kenny and Brian, to carry on his legacy. Joey continued to be a daily fixture at Tip Top well into his 90s. His sons kept the store going for 40 more years before retiring themselves. The store was sold after 75 years as a family business. Joey loved the outdoors! Fishing, gardening, beekeeping and sitting on the beach sun tanning were his favourite things to do. Age was just a suggestion to him and in his 80s he bought a scooter and could be found cruising all over Gimli. He enjoyed the company of several pet birds, all named Willie, and they would sit on his shoulder while he sang along to Johnny Cash. He was proud of his Icelandic heritage and encouraged us all to celebrate the Icelandic culture. He came from a large, very close family and he instilled the importance of family into his own children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is our sunshine, our hero, and we will think of him the most when we're all together. Our family would like to thank the staff and nurses at Betel Home Foundation for their care and support. A celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, February 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the Gimli Lutheran Church with a reception to follow at the Gimli Legion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Westshore Foundation, Betel Home Foundation, or a local Gimli charity of your choice. Goda nott og dreymi þig vel, elskan NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200 Gimli 204-642-7124 neilbardalinc.com

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 31, 2017

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Oh my goodness - what to say about a man and family who was been in my life since 1980 when I first started working at Tip Top Foods. The Patriarch of this family was the rock and foundation of their success! Joe started before 7:00 everyday and was the last to leave from what I remember and the boys following suit. The love of his life Diddy was a great role model for me as well and little did I know I was one of her "dingbats" - the pet name she gave to new employees. I got to know everyone in the family and even was Susan's roomie when I started university. Thru out the years many events in our lives intertwined and were surrounded by great memories. I was always welcomed into everyone's home or event, and Joey acknowledged me and inquired about my life. Unless of course the football game was on! - then no distractions were allowed. The family gave a shy girl a chance to grow into a confident adult who now perhaps talks a little too much! Thanks for teaching me how to deal with customers, go beyond the basics and make people happy - as well as to always respect your family no matter what comes up. Because I saw how the family treated their parents - I learned to treat my parents with greater respect. My brother wasn't a pain - he was my friend and protector. Rest in peace dear Joey - here's hoping they have tomato plants in heaven, a straight sheet of curling ice and Blue Bombers 24-7. Oh - and maybe a little shot of whiskey to end the day. Knowing that you are with Diddy seems to make your passing a little easier to bear, and I hope it is the same for all of your family. - Posted by: JOAN PETROWSKI BARTMANOVICH (FAMILY FRIEND AND FORMER EMPLOYEE) on: Feb 02, 2017

  • Our deepest sympathy to a wonderful family. What a beautiful tribute to our Joey, an amazing man who truly knew how to enjoy life. With profound sadness we join you in thoughts, sharing the sorrow of his departure, remembering the countless times we enjoyed together. With those precious memories, Joey will always live in our hearts. - Posted by: Freddy and Family (Brother) on: Jan 31, 2017

  • We offer our condolences to Joe's family and our thoughts and prayers are with Joe and also with the family at this time. Joe was an awesome person and always had time to listen and talk to anyone, he will be missed. - Posted by: David, Marvel and Carmen Scott (Friends of the family) on: Jan 31, 2017

  • Johann indeed was a remarkable man. I remember him as a gentleman always with a smile on his face. I felt very relaxed when in his presence and welcomed his enthusiasm and quick wit. I remember him usually being in the store when I went to buy meat and other items from Brian and Kenny. To his family may I send my sincere sympathy at Johann's passing. He will be missed and a huge loss to Gimli. Best wishes Jack Reay and my partner also from Gimli, Elaine Bolter, we are now living in Kelowna, B.C. - Posted by: John (Jack) Reay (Friend) on: Jan 31, 2017

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