NEWTON, Arden Albert
January 7, 1950 – January 5, 2017
~ Husband, father, grandfather, friend, family man and dog lover ~
His fight was short. It was only 16 days from the time he first entered the hospital and was diagnosed, to his passing. The complications of cancer took him away. Arden was born and raised in Kelowna. He died two days before his 67th birthday.
Ardo is survived by his wife of 45 years Sandy, his daughter Jennifer, son Kelly and grandson Nolan (Kelly). He was predeceased by his parents Dave and Jean Newton of Kelowna. The Newtons were a large family growing up in the Glenmore district. His older brother Dennis (Barb) of Kelowna, older sister Gloria Johal (Jack) of Kelowna, twin brother Alan (Carol) of Calgary, and younger brother Brian of Sooke BC remember him as a caring man who loved camping, fishing, fun and a cold beer of a glass of fine Scotch.
His career was all about wood. Hew was a 45 year employee of what is now Tolko Industries and a proud member of United Steelworkers Local 1-423. Arden was also a builder and craftsman. His specialty in recent years was Christmas decorations made from various sizes of logs and tree limbs. These projects were often inspired by his daughter Jennifer who had become her Dad’s crafting assistant. They had plans to one day sell their creations. His many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews will also miss Uncle Ardo as will Sandy’s twin sisters Terrie (Ted) Farr of West Kelowna, and Mona (Vern) Cousins of Surrey BC, along with nieces, nephews and great nephews on Sandy’s side of the family.
Arden loved his Vancouver Canucks. He and his son Kelly have traded more players and fired more coaches than all the media in the province. They have jumped on and off the Canucks bandwagon so often we’re sure they sustained injuries.
An image we will all remember is Arden sitting on his couch early on a Sunday morning, surrounded by his beloved grandson Nolan and his three fur babies, watching car shows, Nolan drinking his hot chocolate milk with Poppa, Ardo drinking coffee and dreaming of one day owning a hot-rod, a bigger pickup truck and upgrading his trailer to an Airstream.
Dream on Ardo. We all love you.
The family would like to acknowledge the tremendous care team on 4B at Kelowna General Hospital including niece Shannon Johal and her nursing colleagues. Your compassion will never be forgotten.
There will be no funeral service. Instead, his family is planning a celebration for relatives and close friends sometime in the spring.
The event will definitely involve a campfire and Ardo stories (there are so many).
If you wish to make a donation to a charity in Arden’s honour, his family suggests either the Canadian Cancer Society or the BC SPCA.