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John Malcolm Owens Arnold

February 18, 2022

Born February 12, 1951 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He passed away peacefully on Friday, February 18, 2022 in London, ON after living the last nine years with Alzheimer’s. Malcolm was married to Colleen (Crooks) and father to David (Jenn), Paul (Krista), Michael (Marielle); Papa to five grandchildren: Hudson, Everett, Georgia, Zachary, Josephine; brother to Dorothy; and predeceased by John and Connie Arnold.

He will be remembered as a man committed to three passions: his faith, his family and his work. Known for his character and integrity in all circumstances, his example of kindness, gentleness, steadfastness and wisdom is celebrated by so many that knew him. He was a deeply devoted husband, committed father and cherished grandfather. The family aches in his absence and he will be missed, yet are forever grateful for the legacy that he last left. They take great comfort knowing that his faith in the Lord is now being realized. His life was in service to many. As a physician for 38 years, he was a well-respected and significantly accomplished cardiologist, much of that with London Health Sciences Centre. He was also an admired church elder, actively involved with North Park Community Church for over 30 years.

Memorial service will be conducted at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road, London on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 1:30 p.m., family will receive visitors prior to the service from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Proof of double vaccination will be required upon entering the funeral home. For those unable to attend in person, a livestream will be available for those wishing to view remotely.

To register for the livestream, please click here: Registration page to view the livestream of Malcolm’s service on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the staff of Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care for their thoughtful care of Malcolm over the last two years. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Alzheimer’s Society Southwest Partners or to SIM (, a charitable mission organization that Malcolm had a lifelong commitment to.

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Condolences to Malcolm's wife and family Malcolm was a fine man , a splendid physician and colleague whose company and collabariton i greatly enjoyed His spririt of inquiry moves me to honour his memory through a donation to advacne reareach with the Alzheimer 's Society kind regards Paul W. Armstrong MD

~ paul w armstrong

Colleen, I was so sorry to read about Malcolm’s passing. Thinking of you and your family. Laurel

~ Laurel Mintz

Colleen and family, We just heard the news in St. Andrew’s bulletin this morning about Malcolm passing away. We are so sorry for your loss. I remember that the last time the girls had lunch together that he was struggling with Alzheimer’s and had been for awhile. Please know that we are thinking of you all and praying for your family! God bless!

~ Gail and Ken McEwen

Our deepest sympathies to the entire Arnold family. Dr. Arnold was a true gentleman, devoted to his family and his work. He was able to balance his illustrious career as leader in heart failure management as well as being an amazing husband and father. He demonstrated to me the ability to be a kind and caring physician as well as a dedicated husband and father always making time to support his family whether it be at home or at a sporting event. He became a role model and mentor for many of the residents he trained including myself. He will be greatly missed by all of his former trainees and colleagues.

~ Gerard Shoemaker and Family

My name is Joseph Cheng and my parents are Ruth and Stephen Cheng. We began attending North Park in May of 1993. My father Stephen was an elder and served with Malcolm. I'm the same age Malcolm's son Paul and we attended Masonville Public School together. My mother still lives in the Masonville area not far from where the Arnold's live. I joined Pioneer Boys when we first began attending North Park. I remember him being a very gentle and kind leader. Although my experience with him was minimal, I do believe that it was a very positive one. I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the Arnold family for your loss. Joseph Cheng Calgary, AB

~ Joseph Cheng

I cannot speak to Malcolm’s early student days in Ireland or his vast impact on the medical community like others who have posted about those aspects of his life. I can, however, testify to the impact he made upon me, my wife and my sons. His love of Christ and his family were evident every time we got together with each other, with friends, and with our families. My fondest memories are those that come from our many joint family meals, activities and trips together. Malcolm will always remain the most admired and respected friend I have in this life. My four sons were always asking us, “Can you invite the Arnolds over?” We are blessed to have had Malcolm pour much wisdom into the lives of our family! Malcolm’s legacy certainly lives on with his amazing sons and their families. Colleen, thank you for loving my best friend so well!

~ Ken Farrish

A donation has been made to Alzheimer Society Southwest Partners. Message from the donator: In memory of Dr. Malcolm Arnold, clinical Research colleague. Our Deepest Condolences to his family.

~ Dr. David and Mrs. Rhonda Freeman

From the staff at Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer Research St. Joseph's Health Care Parkwood Institute we send our sincere condolences to the family of John Arnold. Colleen you were a wonderful caregiver to John. Treasure and keep your memories close to your heart. These will comfort you through tough times. God Bless you and your family

~ Kathy Ayers

We were saddened to hear of Malcolm's passing. In the years we were at North Park, he always was gentle, gracious and well spoken. We appreciated his contributions to the worship, as well. The friends who were treated by him professionally always spoke so highly of the care he offered. Our deepest condolences to his beloved family at this sad time. Yet we rejoice that he has entered his new life in Christ. Antonios and Ellen Mamandras

~ Antonios and Ellen Mamandras

Dear Colleen, David, Paul, Michael and Families. It is a very sad day to lose such a special man. I know you have all struggled for many years with his illness and how difficult that has been for you all. Please accept our sincere sympathy and condolences for your loss. I worked with Malcolm for 14 years at Victoria Hospital in London. He was a brilliant Cardiologist, who cared deeply about his patients and their families. He was an outstanding speaker who won many awards for his lectures and presentations over the years. It was a privilege to work with him and his research team and I continue to keep in touch with the wonderful friends I have made during that time. I learned a great deal and met some wonderful people, especially while coordinating the many research studies that we completed, including the very special people who volunteered to be part of our research. It enriched my life greatly both personally and professionally. Malcolm's Legacy will live on in the many people he touched and the work he completed. There are those whose lives death cannot diminish. Their love radiates forever in the hearts of friends and loved ones. And their light shines on in the lives they’ve touched forever. Life is a journey of sweetness and sorrow. Of yesterday’s memories and hopes for tomorrow. Of pathways we choose and detours we face With patience and humor, courage and grace. Of joys that we’ve shared and of people we’ve met Who have touched us in ways we will never forget. As you go through this time of sadness, may you know in your heart how very much others care. I know how much you meant to him and I am certain he knew how very much you all cared for him during his illness. With Love, Pat Squires

~ Pat & Les Squires

Malcolm was my best friend, and like a brother to me, we met at Queen's University Belfast and became firm friends but on different academic courses, Malcolm was a medic and I was a math student. For many years we ignored our studies and played golf, well I ignored more than Malcolm as our careers demonstrated, every Saturday we set off to Kirkiston Castle Golf Club where we never quite got our handicaps under control. Malcolm told me of getting a golf lesson in the back garden from his Dad when his mother opened the upstairs window and told his Dad, 'Malcolm is right handed', so maybe he suffered from poor initial coaching! I really miss Malcolm for his sound thinking and well thought out advice on all things spiritual but not necessarily golf. We kept in touch over the years and shared holidays and long telephone calls. Despite Malcolm moving to Canada but my loss was the Medical Worlds gain. I intend to keep contact with Colleen as we became like a joint family and she kept me updated on the terrible progress of his illness. Colleen knows where I am and there will always be a welcome at my fireside for her and Malcolm's family, the fire is always burning as it gets chilly in the highlands of Scotland. The Lord our God never gives us a problem so great that we cant cope, just remember to share it

~ Robin Harbinson

Please accept my sincere condolences to each member of Dr. Arnold's family, friends and colleagues. I am honoured to have known and learned from Dr. Arnold during my residency in internal medicine. He was an excellent teacher, outstanding scientist, and a caring and respected clinician. I am pleased to be a colleague of his son Mike who practices rheumatology in the city. I am so sorry for your loss. You can be proud of the legacy your father has left in the departments he served and the community he loved.

~ Tom Appleton

Ross and I loved our visits with him. He truly cared for his patients. Made each visit feel like we were family. He will be truly missed by his by family.

~ Diane Brewer

I was shocked to receive the church email about Arnold's passing. His death must have brought a great deal of sorrow to each of your hearts, but please be comforted by the knowledge that "God is always good, and we can trust His love for us." Like one of the Booth Brothers said in an interview with Bill Gaither ... "I look out over these videos of past audiences and see folks who we know have died and I wonder what they have seen since arriving in heaven." Some day Lord willing we will know personally, and we will finally see JESUS face to face. That will be the best part of heaven to me. Blessings and peace.

~ Ruth Clark

On behalf of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, I am sending our most sincere condolences. In addition to his many other accomplishments, Malcom was a great supporter of our department, and we are honoured to have a graduate student award in his name. Thank you for all you have done!

~ Frank Beier (Chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology)

Colleen, I was saddened to read of Malcolm’s passing. He was a brilliant and humble man, whom Al held in particularly high regard. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

~ Marguerite Annen

I wish to express my sincere condolences to the family of Malcolm Arnold. Malcolm was a gentleman, a scholar, a physician and so much more to people who knew him and worked with him. His Christian faith underpinned who he was and how he lived. I loved the line in his obit that says, "...his faith in the Lord is now being realized." Well done, Malcolm, a good and faithful servant, and a life well-lived.

~ Bob Kline (former Chair of the Department of Physiology at Western)

Malcolm was a good friend. He was also a compassionate doctor, a brilliant academic, a talented sportsman, a faithful husband and father, and a devoted follower of Christ. After Finals, we holidayed together in Italy and Greece. Even then, he was meticulously planning ahead. Our last conversation was by telephone, when we spoke most about our families and our faith. Malcom was an inspiration to many and will be dearly missed.

~ Clark Logan

My condolences to family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Arnold. I was lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from him during my residency, and always enjoyed attending his clinics. He was an excellent teacher, accomplished researcher and a caring and distinguished clinician.

~ Charlotte McDonald

Dr. Arnold was brilliant, highly accomplished, internationally recognized, and also very kind, giving, and patient as he nurtured numerous young (and older) minds and prodded them towards success. I was a small part of a collaborative project and publication with him as part of my registration as a psychologist, pointed to him by a colleague. He had such an impact on all of us, and I’m sure on countless others, who try to emulate his openness, curiosity, warmth and advancement of science in the service of humanity. Rest In Peace; your legacy lives on.

~ Kathleen Dindoff

Services for John Malcolm Owens Arnold

Visitation will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

February 23, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Funeral Service will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

February 23, 2022 1:30 pm

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