The late former Langley City councillor Jack Arnold, who died on Dec. 11. (City of Langley)

The late former Langley City councillor Jack Arnold, who died on Dec. 11. (City of Langley)

Long-serving Langley City councillor Jack Arnold dies

Arnold passed away in his sleep on Dec. 11

Longtime Langley City councillor Jack Arnold has died, the City announced Thursday.

Arnold, 72, passed away in his sleep on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 11.

“We are saddened by the loss of someone who gave so much of his life to public service. He will be remembered for being accepting of all and judgmental of none,” said Mayor Val van den Broek. “He was ever-present in the community and he will be missed. On behalf of Langley City council and staff, I extend my heartfelt condolences to Jack’s daughter and the Arnold family, as they mourn the loss of Jack Arnold.”

Arnold was elected first in 1990 and served until he was defeated in the 2018 election.

“Twenty-eight years we were colleagues,” said Coun. Gayle Martin, “We were both elected in 1990.”

She remembered Arnold as a joker.

“Always getting a laugh out of people,” she said.

His sudden passing was a shock, she said.

The City changed tremendously over the 28 years Arnold sat on the council table.

“Jack was a big part of that, along with the rest of council,” she said.

Former mayor Peter Fassbender served with Arnold for 12 years.

“He was quite a unique individual,” Fassbender said.

There were times they didn’t agree on policy, and Arnold stuck to his personal principles and beliefs.

“I’ll always admire that,” Fassbender said.

Arnold served on numerous City council committees, and represented the City on national and international committees over the years.

He won the 2003/04 Award of Excellence from the Government of Canada, and was the recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for community service.

Arnold’s defeat in the last election was considered a surprise, after a long tenure of uninterrupted service.

The flags at City hall will be at half mast on Thursday and Friday, and will be flown at half mast again for the day of his celebration of life, which has yet to be announced.

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: matthew.claxton@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

Langley Citymunicipal politicsObituary

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Langley RCMP on scene at what appeared to be a fatal bike accident. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Cyclist dies suddenly while riding in Langley

Police were on scene of the fatal incident

Kim Snow was chosen as the H.D. Stafford Good Citizen of the Year winner by the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce. (Langley Advance Times file)
Local angel chosen for top Langley Chamber of Commerce community award

The H.D. Stafford Good Citizen of the Year Award was presented this week

Chief Robert Gladstone of Shxwha:y Village at a federal flood funding announcement April 24, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress file)
Consortium of Indigenous chiefs seeking a way to participate in cannabis economy

All Nations Chiefs from the Shxwha:y, Cheam, Soowahlie and Sq’ewlets holding online forum Dec. 2

The family owned and operated Twilight Drive-In, located in Aldergrove, has been in operation since 2005. (Aldergrove Star files)
COVID restrictions curtain Twilight Drive-In for two weeks

Owner Jay Daulat is hopeful the Aldergrove business can re-open after Dec. 7

Jim Orlowski, a regular contributor to Through Your Lens, shared this recent picture of what he calls a “lovely little pond” near the south entrance of Campbell Valley Regional Park. It’s located just off the shaggy mane trail. (Special to The News)
SHARE: So many treasures to be found inside Campbell Valley park

Send us your photo showing how you view Langley, and it could be featured in a future edition

Mary Cox and Jack Plant dance in their pyjamas and slippers at the morning pyjama dance during the Rhythm Reelers’ 25 Annual Rally in the Valley Square Dance Festival in Chilliwack on June 4, 2011. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 is Square Dancing Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5

Square Dancing Day, Disability Day and International Ninja Day are all coming up this week

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Screenshot of Pastor James Butler giving a sermon at Free Grace Baptist Church in Chilliwack on Nov. 22, 2020. The church has decided to continue in-person services despite a public health order banning worship services that was issued on Nov. 19, 2020. (YouTube)
2 Lower Mainland churches continue in-person services despite public health orders

Pastors say faith groups are unfairly targeted and that charter rights protect their decisions

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A big job: Former forests minister Doug Donaldson stands before a 500-year-old Douglas fir in Saanich to announce preservation of some of B.C.’s oldest trees, July 2019. (B.C. government)
B.C. returning to ‘stand-alone’ forests, rural development ministry

Horgan says Gordon Campbell’s super-ministry doesn’t work

Peter Wilson, left, and Micah Rankin, right, formed the Special Prosecutor team that was tasked with reviewing and litigating charges stemming from the Bountiful investigation. Trevor Crawley photo.
End of Bountiful prosecution wraps up decades of legal battles

Constitutional questions had to be settled before a polygamy prosecution could move forward

Despite rumours, Surrey RCMP say they are not issuing tickets to people if they are driving in a vehicle with others from a different household. (File photo)
COVID-19 tickets: No, RCMP aren’t checking vehicle occupancies, restaurant tables

Enforcement about education, not punishment says Surrey RCMP Cpl. Joanie Sidhu

Alexandre Bissonnette, who pleaded guilty to a mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque, arrives at the courthouse in Quebec City on February 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mathieu Belanger - POOL
Court strikes down consecutive life sentences; mosque shooter has prison term cut

The decision was appealed by both the defence and the Crown

Gold medallists in the ice dance, free dance figure skating Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, of Canada, pose during their medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Charlie Riedel
Olympic champions Virtue, Moir and Tewksbury among 114 Order of Canada inductees

Moir and Virtue catapulted to national stardom with their gold-medal performances at the Winter Olympics in 2018

Most Read