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EMILE (KING) ARNAL Obituary pic


Born: Dec 18, 1927

Date of Passing: May 13, 2022

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On May 13, 2022, surrounded by his loving family, Emile Edouard Arnal peacefully embarked on his journey home.
He leaves to cherish so many years of memories, his wife Doreen, daughters and sons-in-law, Carole and Norbert Tanguay, Joanne and Rene Rivard and Marina and Brian McCallum, his grandchildren, Kristy Tanguay (Leland Whitford), Cale (Genevieve) Tanguay, Kristopher Rivard, Hannah, Julia and Clarke McCallum, and his great-grandchildren, Austin (Chase) and Melissa Tanguay-Whitford. Left to fondly remember their friendship are brothers-in-law, Clifford and Beulah Morison and Orville and Doreen Olson, Dick and his special kids across the road, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
In heaven, he will be reunited with his infant twins, Joseph and Mary, his parents, Marcel and Bernadette (Lalonde), his sibling Sister Alice Arnal m.o., his half siblings, Jeanne (Joseph) Dupras, Marguerite (Emile) Syrenne, Paul (Jeanne), Cecile (Aime) Dureault, Gabriel (Marguerite), Auguste (Marthe), Leon (Berthe) (Jessie) Morisset, his in-laws, Fredrick and Mabel (Johnson) Morison, Edna (Allen) Harvey, Merie Olson and many dear friends and neighbours.
Emile was born on December 18, 1927 and lived most of his life on the family farm north of Fannystelle, MB. As a young child, he remembers having to stay in the convent to attend school in town. Next, he boarded at Maison Chapelle, a French school/residence for boys in St. Boniface. Dad's lessons were derived from life and he soon learned that school was a lonely place to be. Things were looking up when he attended St. Paul's College where Emile would develop his lifelong love for sports, in particular for hockey. "King", as he would come to be known, became a goaltender in college when few were willing to risk the dangers facing an unmasked netminder. Returning home to farm as a young man, he would continue to play hockey for Fannystelle's team, for Carman's team and for most neighbouring towns including Coach Hextall's team in Poplar Point. In his day, he had proven himself to be a formidable goalie who welcomed the opportunity to play even when distance, transportation and evening chores proved challenging.
In later years, King was an equally tough competitor in his hockey pools, an activity he continued to enjoy with his girls. King was a hockey fanatic, recording the stats of his players into his final days. Let that be a lesson. Find your passion and you will have it forever.
In Mom, Dad found his forever love. On October 9, 1952, he married Doreen Morison, a devoted wife and mother, who would be by his side for almost 70 years working together to build their home, raise their girls, work the farm, tend to their elderly families, support their community, parish and church and nurture friendships. Their partnership and devotion would serve as inspiration to us all.
Dad modelled strong values for his family like the importance of a hard day's work, of putting others first and of being fair and honest. He demonstrated concern and generosity toward others in their time of need. Dad was always there in our time of need! He was a humble man who managed life through simple means, his wife's good cooking, his radio with the morning paper and his great sense of humour.
As years passed, Dad and Mom enjoyed their winters as snowbirds reconnecting with neighbours, old friends and new in Arizona and California. With grandchildren came new experiences and destinations for travel including Florida and Oakville, ON. Home or away, Grandpa and Grandma loved to support their grandchildren, be it cheering at an athletic event, attending an academic achievement or simply helping them to get settled on their own. There is nothing Grandpa wouldn't do for his grandkids.
A shrewd card player, Dad shared his love for cards with his kids, his neighbours and friends until his arthritic fingers could play no more. Be it cribbage, casino or bumps, Dad usually had your next play anticipated or your hand counted before you could put it down!
Emile valued experience and loved to entertain with his stories of long ago, of his farming days, of good years and bad, of people and events that always concluded with a simple truth or a lesson learned. Throughout his 94 years, Emile had acquired the knowledge not found in textbooks, experiences that when combined with his sharp mind, gave him the perspective to make sound judgements. Like his own father, Dad's opinion or wisdom was often sought and always valued.
Retirement from the farm nine years ago would have them welcomed to Carman by new neighbours and friends. Here, Dad would continue to thrive on his determination and Mom's support until his age would trump his grit. Dad made it to see spring, "play-off season" and the promise of new life.
Emile's family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Doctor Atchison who promised to keep Emile his happiest and healthiest for the longest time possible and he did. A debt of gratitude is also owed to the wonderful staff of the Carman Memorial Hospital whose reception, patience, and attention to Dad's care and comfort was a gift to us all, never to be forgotten.
Whether you knew him as Emile or Amil, Dad or King, Grandpa or Grandpa Tractor, know that you touched his heart and in return may you remember him with a smile when you catch one of his favourite jokes or expressions, ponder his wisdom or recall one of his stories of bygone days.
A celebration of Emile's life will be held on Tuesday, May 24, at 2:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Church in Fannystelle, MB. Out of respect for our Dad and concern for our Mom, we ask that you please wear a mask in attendance.
The service will be available to view via Live Streaming. If you would like your name to appear in the guestbook please email your name to
If friends so desire, donations can be made in his memory to: Sacred Heart Church Building Maintenance Fund, Box 67, Fannystelle, MB R0G 0P0 or Carman Palliative Care, Box 610, Carman, MB R0G 0J0.

Adam's Funeral Home of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba in care of arrangements. Phone 204-248-2201. To view this obituary and leave condolences, please visit

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 21, 2022

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Deepest thanks to Grant Bernadin for that wonderfully written reminiscence -- a joy to read. You conveyed so much, in so few words. Culminating in these words that moved me to tears (of joy). " .... The last time I saw King was a while ago, at a Tim Hortons in St. James, where I was having coffee with my brother and cousin, Robert Arnal. Because of the age difference, I was surprised King knew who we were. He didn't seem to have aged at all, and looked like he could still strap on the pads. It was nice seeing him and Doreen, and reminiscing. Good memories!" Thanks again Mr. Bernardin. -- Mark and Irene Blackburn, Winnipeg. - Posted by: Mark G Blackburn (Friend of the family) on: Jul 06, 2022

  • Our condolences to the Arnal families. King was a kind man . I have a really nice picture of King I would love to share with you. Please reach out to me so I can send it. - Posted by: Monique Smith (Morissette) (Old community member) on: May 24, 2022

  • As a youngster growing up in Fannystelle, I remember King as the goalie of the local hockey team. Our family lived close to the rink, and my brother, Glenn, and I used to go watch some games on those crisp Saturday afternoons. It was very cold (those were real winters), so most of the time we watched from the window of the old streetcar parked outside the rink. It served as the dressing room for the players and was heated with a wood burning stove. There is a pizza place in my Toronto neighborhood that has a wood burning oven and, to this day, whenever I pass by, the smell of wood burning reminds me of those old days. As was mentioned, King played without a mask. Although players didn't use the slapshot back then, it was still a dangerous position to play. Fortunately, King was a standup goalie with good reflexes, that enabled him to dodge deflected pucks and errant sticks and duck when necessary. One time I overheard (kids like to eavesdrop) KIng ask the team manager for a new goalie stick. The manager told him that if he could make the stick last till the end of the season, he would buy him a new one next year. (The team was obviously on a shoestring budget.) So, King wrapped more tape around the blade and carried on. Not sure if the stick lasted the season, though. The last time I saw King was a while ago, at a Tim Hortons in St. James, where I was having coffee with my brother and cousin, Robert Arnal. Because of the age difference, I was surprised King knew who we were. He didn't seem to have aged at all, and looked like he could still strap on the pads. It was nice seeing him and Doreen, and reminiscing. Good memories! - Posted by: GRANT BERNARDIN (KING WAS MY MOTHER'S COUSIN) on: May 23, 2022

  • Our sincere condolences to you and all the family. Ed and Shirley - Posted by: Ed and Shirley Zacharias (Friend of Joanne and Rene) on: May 22, 2022

  • We are sending our deepest condolences to Doreen and the girls and families! Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers! Love and hugs, Rick and Marta Piche' - Posted by: Rick and Marta Piche' (Friends) on: May 22, 2022

  • Our sincere condolences to Carole & Norbert, Joanne & Rene and your families. You were blessed to have your dad and grandpa for a LONG time in your lives. The wonderful memories you built with him will last forever in your hearts. Sincerely, John & Carole Regnier - Posted by: JP & Carole Regnier (friends) on: May 21, 2022

  • To my friend Joanne and her Mom Doreen, I send you and your family my deepest sympathy. I always knew “King” Arnal was a fine man, and your tribute today expresses those feelings exactly. Cherish the memories. - Posted by: Maureen (Underwood) Tisdall (Friend) on: May 21, 2022

  • We remember the McCallum family as neighbours and the visits of Mina's parents to their home. on Woodbridge Rd. - Posted by: Jocelyn and Mel Maron (former neighbours) on: May 21, 2022

  • Our sympathies to the Arnal family from the Camille Syrenne family. - Posted by: Lucille Syrenne (Great niece) on: May 21, 2022

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