PRESTON, Frederick Arnold


    PRESTON, Frederick Arnold (1943-2020) passed away on October 13, 2020 in Black Diamond after a lengthy illness. He was with his family, just as he wanted.
    Arnold was born in Biggar, SK. His father’s FRCS took the family to London, and Edinburgh. Upon returning to Canada the family settled in Wilkie, SK where Arnold found many lifelong friends. His high school career began in Saskatoon Saskatchewan at Nutana Collegiate and Aden Bowman. Arnold graduated from U of S with a BSc. in Chemistry and a B.Ed. After marrying the love of his life, Barbara (nee Achs), they moved to Calgary where he taught for five years at Woodman Jr. High School.
    In 1974 he and Barb moved back to Saskatoon where Arnold earned his Master’s Degree in Education. After graduating in 1976 a one year stay in Brooks, Alberta turned into 32 years as a successful teacher and assistance superintendent of the Brooks school system and later Grasslands. Arnold began a doctoral program at the University of San Diego and achieved his goal in 1997 in Leadership.
    Arnold was the consummate professional. He accomplished his job well earning many personal and professional friends. He was honest, trustworthy, and always led with compassion and wisdom. He was admired by many.
    The outdoors was Arnold’s passion. He was an avid hunter and fisher. Both of these activities lead to many long lasting friendships with others who held this common interest. He cherished his time spent with them and perusing his camping adventures. He and Barbara spent much of their retirement traveling and enjoying other cultures. The move to Black Diamond was to be closer to the family he loved so much.
    Arnold is predeceased by his mother and father and survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara, his daughter Amanda (Kevin Kalman), two grandsons, Everett Preston Kalman and Bennett Arnold Kalman, and his sister Lynda Howes (James).
    Arnold will always be remembered as a courageous soul with a generous heart, a wise and compassionate leader and best of all, a loving husband, father and grandpa. His memory will be a blessing and a comfort to his family and friends.
    Those who wish may make a contribution to a charity of his choice. No funeral is planned.