Arnold Centen, a resident of Morrisburg for the past 27 years, passed away suddenly at home on Sun., Jan. 23, 2011. He was 88.
Arnold was born in Wanroy, The Netherlands, on Dec. 17, 1922, to his parents, Arnoldus and Johanna Centen (nee Arts), and lived there until July of 1952, when he immigrated to Canada and settled in Brooklyn, Ont. He lived there until 1956, when he and Grace purchased a farm west of Williamsburg. They farmed until 1983, when they sold the farm and moved to Morrisburg.
During his retirement, Arnold enjoyed the company of his grandchildren, curling, fishing, watching the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays, and caring for his birds.
He was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Morrisburg, and was a member of the Morrisburg curling club for the past 27 years. The highlight of his curling career came in 1994, when he was a member of the team that had an “eight ender” at a bonspiel in Lancaster.
Arnold is survived by Grace, his wife of 59 years, by his children, Martin (Susan) of Winchester, Peggy (Richard) Levac of Glen Walter, Joan (Nat) Polito of Scarborough, and Ron (Nicole) of Morewood, and his siblings, John (Mina) of Holland, Diny Van der Ligt of Weslock, Alta., and Miet Willems of Holland. Arnold will be fondly remembered by 10 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Arnold, two stillborn daughters, Mary and Joanne, and a sister Johanna Cornelissen. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Tues., Jan. 25. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Morrisburg on Wed., Jan. 26, with Father Chisholm officiating. During the service the eulogy was given by Patrick Tillaart, the readings were done by Tammy Hollywood and Danielle Shoniker, and the prayers of the faithful were done by Jason Centen. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Morrisburg. The pallbearers were Chris Tillaart, Sean Levac, Patrick Tillaart, Jason Centen, James Levac, and Michel Centen. The honourary pallbearers were Tammy Hollywood, Vicky-Ann Centen, Danielle Shoniker, Melissa Tillaart, Nicholas Polito, and Jacob Centen.
Donations to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre or the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario would be appreciated by the family.