Gerald LeRoy Arenburg
1958 - 2024
Gerald LeRoy Arenburg
Service Information
Service Date
Friday June 21, 2024
Service Time
1 pm
Service Location
Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home Chapel
Burial Information
Burial Location
At a later date in Berwick Cemetery
Requested Charity
Steps on Arthur
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Gerald LeRoy Arenburg – 66, of Truro passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at Colchester East Hants Health Centre. Gerald was born in Western Kings Memorial Hospital, Berwick, Kings County, Nova Scotia to parents, Charlie and Mildred "Milly" Arenburg. Gerald lived his entire life in Nova Scotia, although loved his visits to Florida, Newfoundland, Ontario, Calgary and Edmonton especially to see the home of one of his favorite teams, the Edmonton Oilers. He graced various places - Waterville, Grafton, Welsford, Hortonville, Berwick, Kentville, Bible Hill and lastly for the last 16 years in Truro.

Gerald, also known as "Road Runner", enjoyed his life with daily work and participating in many groups over the years. He was very well known and liked everywhere.

In the Annapolis Valley, his first job was working on a farm. During his late teens he met Gerry Cudmore and proceeded to work in his shop for many years refinishing furniture. He also enjoyed spending time with Gerry’s wife Pauline and sons at their home. He later went to work at The Flower Cart, Tim Horton’s (3 locations), The Driftwood Restaurant and the New Minas IGA Grocery Store. He loved to be around people and enjoy his job every single day.

His next life adventure saw him moving to Truro. He worked for 17 years at Steps on Arthur Workshop, retiring May 2023. He enjoyed his job immensely and it showed especially after he set an unbroken record of cutting 1100 ribbons in a day. He was proud of this record and loved to share with anyone! We were told he would get busy and have to be forced to leave some days! He loved his friend and boss, Lorelei Waller and appreciated the guidance, friendship and support of Susan McCallum who were both, along with many others, there for him and all the clients. After retirement, he continued to work at the Royal Canadian Legion, and Superstore. When not working, he loved taking Margie’s dogs, Maggie and Campbell for a walk.

He enjoyed many things - country and western music, dancing for hours and especially loved dancing the twist with his Aunt Violet Cleveland. He was not shy about asking for a dance partner! He would spend hundreds of hours riding his bike, whether in the Annapolis Valley with Special Olympics fund raisers or just for fun. In Truro, he enjoyed many long trails along with his good friends, Jimmy Jones and Dwayne Carroll. During the winter, he enjoyed skating in the Truro oval. He tried swimming but sank like a rock, but still enjoyed it. Another favorite pastime was trout fishing, even though he did not like to eat the catches and gave them away! He and friends, Terrance Gray and Brian MacKay were always trying to find new places to get that big one!

Since the age of 16, Gerald loved being involved with the Special Olympics organization, participating in many different sports. He always appreciated the time and support put in by his team mates, coaches, referees, and supporters who made every event possible. He was ready hours ahead of practice times and was notorious for trying out new equipment bags! He had two special memories while being the Goalie in two Floor Hockey/Ringette Teams. First, in 2000, his Kentville Team won the Canadian Gold Championship in Ottawa under Coach and friend, Alan Fredericks. A school from Ottawa sponsored the team and presented him with a big poster which he brought home and proudly showed off. A special highlight included having his sister and husband, Ann and Robert Hamilton, attending the games. Second, due to his illness he was not able to join his team, the Cobequid Hornets, for the 2024 Provincial Championship, however was still presented a medal and gifts which were displayed with pride on the hospital wall and at home.

During his time in the New Minas bowling league, Gerald met his life-long friend Mervin Lyons. He soon became an adoptive member of Mervin’s family, welcomed by Mom- Donna Lyons and sister -Carolyn Lyons-Ells. Donna introduced Gerald to the game of darts at the Berwick Legion. He instantly loved the game and joined his first league. Donna also helped him became a member of the Berwick Legion. When he moved to Truro, he was very happy to find a very supportive legion group. Gerald was a very proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion and loved representing them at events dressed in his legion outfit. Recently it was mentioned that while at a floor hockey tournament when the Canadian anthem started playing he put down his stick and stood at attention to show respect which was important to him.

The highlight of his week was going to the Legion to work or for enjoyment; and let’s not forget the many cups of "Coffee". He worked with Ed Elliott and loved him like a brother. Ed was a special visitor and coffee buddy for months at the hospital. He could not wait to go to Saturday afternoon bingo to sit with Dorothy and enjoy everyone’s companionship and of course win lots of prizes. He never wanted to miss Men’s Dart Night at the Legion or any event as a loyal Legion Member. He was, and his family is, very appreciative of Tom, Terry and the many, many who supported him.

He joined the Truro Men’s Dart League where he enjoyed the companionship and support to help him tone up his dart skills. In June 2024 he was presented this year’s trophy for "top score". Gerald’s family appreciates the extra support given to Gerald during the years and very special times during last few months, especially from Terry who was his special transport person!

Another weekly highlight for nearly 40 years was TOPS. He first joined in Kentville and enjoyed seeing friends through the years at the annual meetings. He spent many years with the Bible Hill group and enjoyed the friendships and being spoiled! He was fulfilled when he held the "Kop" title as King due to his efforts the past 4 years in a row. In June 2024, he was presented with the 2024 award. He and his family appreciate all the support from the Tops friends. Thank you to Elaine Archibald for the many years of driving him to events and when necessary, nudging him to eat the "right" things.

Gerald always had a love of all animals. He loved his cat "Tabby". He would often talk about the many deer travelling through his apartment yard and on the NSCC grounds. He liked to tell the story about a deer visiting his picture window for a face to face meeting with Tabby and wondering what each was thinking, especially as Tabby did not growl at the deer like she did the birds that just annoyed her!

He, like his Dad loved flower gardens. He and his sister Jeanne made a nice garden under his living room and kitchen windows for his enjoyment, minus the weeding which was done often by Donna, an apartment resident friend. Dawn Winterbourne, a family friend, recently planted lilies for him in his garden. He did not get to enjoy the flowers but they and the garden will be transplanted to Jeanne’s garden where they will be remembered and appreciated with sentiment.

Special mention to his dear friends Jeremy, Jimmy, Terrance, Bryan, Dwayne and Dauphine and the many others. You were his lifeline, his family and his every day. Thank you for being so caring and loving to him like he was one of your own.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you and sincere appreciation to everyone in the Annapolis Valley, Bible Hill, Truro and other areas for the guidance, friendships and support to Gerald during his lifetime.

A very special thank you to the Colchester Residential Services Society, Barb Fleck, Paula Ellis, Velva Steward and team who have given Gerald the ability to live independently for nearly 20 years. Barb’s friendship saw Gerald through the biggest challenges of his life. She stood by him to the very end, holding his hand and showing him unconditional care and love. To the very special Colchester Palliative care team, under esteemed Dr. David Henderson, with Dr. Nicholson, thank you for taking the time and care with Gerald during the final stage of his life.

He is survived by brother, William "Bill" (Nancy) Arenburg, Berwick and their children, John and Jackie Arenburg; sisters, Valerie (Colin, deceased) Pothier, Wolfville and her daughter, Jennifer Pothier, Kentville; Ann (Robert) Hamilton, Bedford and their children, Kim (Gary) Slater, Mount Uniacke, and Trevor (Jeanne) Dixon, Lake Echo and Jeanne Arenburg (Joe Smith), Cambridge, Hants County, and their children, Amie Benedict, Edmonton and Corey Benedict, Calgary; and within the last years, we were joined by another sister, Vivian (Lester) Barkhouse, Waterville with whom we had always been close as cousins. Gerald has many relatives in Nova Scotia, Edmonton, Calgary, Ontario and Quebec.

Gerald was predeceased by his parents, Charles "Charlie" and Mildred "Milly" (Farris) Arenburg. He will rest with them in the Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, Kings County, and beside paternal grandmother, Elizabeth (Shaffer) Arenburg. Interment date and time will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro where a Legion Service will be held 1 pm Friday, June 21, 2024 with reception to follow. If so desired, donations to Steps on Arthur are welcomed. Tributes, words of comfort and memories may be shared at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

Beloved Son, Brother, Uncle and Friend

Gerald LeRoy Arenburg