Obituary of John Bernard Arnedt
In Loving Memory
John Bernard Arnedt
April 1, 1938 – June 1, 2020
John Bernard “Arn” Arnedt, a resident of London, Ontario, died peacefully on Monday, June 1 at the London Health Sciences Center after an extended battle with the COVID-19 coronavirus. John is survived by his sister Nancy Hayden (née Arnedt) and her family; his daughter Andrea Arnedt and her children Alex (21 years), Charlie (18 years), and Willem (16 years); and his son Todd Arnedt, his wife Caroline, and their children Delaney (17 years), Cole (15 years), and Cooper (12 years).
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, John spent his childhood and adolescent years in London, where he developed a core group of friends with whom he stayed strongly connected throughout his life. After briefly attending the University of Western, John moved to Toronto for a few years to work, before settling down and raising his family in the south end of St. Catharines, Ontario. John worked as a dedicated employee in consulting for Acres, International for more than 30 years before opening his own consulting business, and then was lured to Overland Park, Kansas in 1998 to work for Black and Veatch, where he flourished for an additional 6 years. After retiring in 2004, John decided to return to London, where he had fond childhood memories and could be in equal proximity to his children Andrea (Toronto) and Todd (Ann Arbor, Michigan). He lived in the old south end of London until his passing.
Intensely proud and fiercely loyal, John will be remembered by those who loved him for his good nature, quick wit, and compassion for family and friends. His at times fiery personality was offset by a kindness, generosity, and sense of humor that left indelible marks on the lives of several people he befriended on both sides of the border. While committed to his work, John’s number one priority was always his family, and he was ever-present at his children’s various sporting and artistic events throughout their childhood and took immense pride in their achievements as adults. John loved baseball, golf, spending time with his grandchildren, and invested time in social organizations important to him, such as Kiwanis International. His longstanding friendships and annual reunions with childhood friends from London is a testament to his steadfast loyalty and the importance he placed on meaningful relationships. He will be deeply missed by family, friends, and all who knew him.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, no public funeral service will be held. Donations in John’s memory can be made to the London Health Sciences Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund or to another charity in support of the COVID-19 pandemic response.