Corporal Glen Arnold
Glen Harold Arnold CD, was born on June 4th, 1974, on the eighth wedding anniversary of his parents, George and Leona Arnold. He was the third of five children. Raised in McKerrow, Ontario, guarding the net on the hockey rink, fishing and swimming at his Uncle Brian’s camp were his great childhood pleasures.
While attending St-Charles College in Sudbury, Ontario, Glen developed an interest in the military and joined the 2nd Battalion Irish Regiment as a reservist. He went on to study nursing at Sir Sanford Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario. He saw an opportunity to couple his interest in healthcare with his love of the military and pursued a military career as a medic.
Glen’s life was blessed with the birth of his daughter Katherine Marie Arnold in 1997. On March 20th, 2004, Glen married the love of his life, Kerry Grieve. Since their wedding, Glen and Kerry created together a loving home in Petawawa for their daughters, Jessica, Katherine, Samantha and their son Connor Glen.
Throughout his life, Glen excelled in athletics, academics and the military. However, his greatest pride was his family. He was a proud husband and loving father who drew strength from his faith, instilled in him by his parents and extended family. A regular trek for Glen, Kerry and the children was a short drive east of Petawawa to Golden Lake, to visit with Aunt Diane and Uncle Blaine Buder where love and support was the main menu.
Glen was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish. In 2005 he was initiated into the Knights of Columbus.Glen’s final earthly journey began on August 12th, 2006, Connor’s first birthday, when he was deployed to Afghanistan.
On September 18th, 2006, Glen and three other soldiers died during a suicide bomb attack while on foot patrol where they were mingling with residents of the community of Kafir Band in the Panjwai district, west of Kandahar.
Glen leaves us with a legacy of a life guided by the principles in which he believed. His zest for life and love of people enriched the lives of all who knew and loved him.
We love you Glen.