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Moorey, John Arnoll

John Arnoll Moorey, beloved husband of Glenna Moorey, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the age of 87 years. Arnoll was born in Fort Macleod on Oct. 18, 1921, the son of Harold and Lilian Moorey. He was raised on the family farm in the Ewelme district south of Fort Macleod.
After graduation from the Ewelme school in 1940, Arnoll and a friend travelled to the west coast where he enlisted in the Canadian Scottish Regiment. He was posted at Victoria and Prince Rupert. While posted in Prince Rupert he contracted spinal meningitis, a disease, which though dreadful, meant that his health category was such that he served in army headquarters in England and did not see action on the continent. Arnoll returned home in 1945 and farmed in the Ewelme district. When the oil boom struck Leduc, Arnoll saw the opportunity to get involved. He purchased a trenching machine and worked in the oil fields and later installed sewage and water lines in rural areas around Fort Macleod and Pincher Creek.
Arnoll married Glenna Hutchings in 1952 and they raised two daughters, Loralee and Barbara. Arnoll was always involved in his daughters’ activities, driving to swim meets, to skating, to Job’s Daughters and to water skiing.
Arnoll spent many wonderful weeks at Osoyoos, where from morning to night he pulled young skiers around the lake. He liked to tell of the day Glenna walked past a line-up of skiers on the dock and said she would like her turn. A young lad, not knowing who she was, said, “Get to the back of the line lady.”
During several federal elections, Arnoll served as returning officer for the Macleod constituency which at that time stretched as far north as Calgary.

Although rheumatoid arthritis forced him to retire from farming in 1970, Arnoll worked as assistant manager at the Fort Museum for several seasons. Arnoll and Glenna had many enjoyable trips by automobile, travelling to most of the western states and across Canada. They had holidays in Fiji, Spain, Europe and the Caribbean. However, his best times were spent with his family and friends.
Arnoll served on the vestry of Christ Church Anglican for many years. He was past master and a 50-year member of Alberta Masonic Lodge No. 3. He was also a member of Fort Macleod chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. Arnoll looked forward every afternoon to coffee with “the boys” and loved all card games but especially bridge. For many years he was the “Mr. Fix-It” of 28th Street and his garage always seemed to have the necessary tools. His flowers and trees were his pride and joy. Besides his loving wife Glenna, Arnoll is survived by his two daughters Loralee Moorey and Barbara (Bill) Norgard; grandchildren Nichole (Neil) Vorel and Brad Ford; great grandchildren Alexis and Nolan Vorel; his sister Olive Moorey; his sister-in-law Gladys Longson; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.
Arnoll was predeceased by his parents Harold and Lilian Moorey and his sister Gertie Vest.
A memorial service was held Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at Trinity United Church in Fort Macleod, with Rev. Eras Van Zyl officiating. Private internment preceded the service

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