Arnold, William John

August 26, 1930 ~ January 06, 2022

ARNOLD, William John – Age 91, of Sarnia formally of Wilkesport, passed away at Bluewater Health, Sarnia on Thursday, January 06, 2022. Beloved husband of Donna (nee Capes) for 71 years. Loving father of Marie (Jerry) Shephard, John (Brenda) Arnold and Sandra (Dan) Douglas. Special grandfather of Michelle (Kevyn) Irwin, Erin (Dawn) Shephard, Amy (Jason) Wadsworth, Chad (Karen) Arnold and Matthew (Jennifer) Douglas and great grandfather of Keelor Irwin, Kori Irwin, Killian Irwin, Alyssa Wadsworth, Brett Wadsworth, Leigh Arnold, Audrey Arnold, Sam Shephard, Greta Shephard, Aven Douglas and Reid Douglas. Dear brother of Keith Arnold (Joanne), survived by brother -in-law Jim (Pat) Capes and sister-in-law Pat (John) Tyson. Predeceased by his parents Rex and Ferne (nee Harris), and sister-in-law Marguerite (Russ) Murphy. Bill will be missed by many friends, cousins, nieces, and nephews and all who knew him. Bill dedicated his life to baseball and he was inducted to the Sarnia Lambton Sports Hall of Fame as a baseball pitcher and for the Wilkesport Tigers baseball team.

Funeral Details
A private family funeral service will take place at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, Brigden on Saturday, January 08, 2022 at 1pm. Friends and family can join us on Zoom

Sympathy may be expressed through donations made by cheque to Heart and Stroke Foundation ( or Canadian Cancer Society (

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  1. Dear Donna, Marie & Jerry, John & Brenda, Sandra & Dan and all the extended family – so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a nice man, I remember seeing him at all the ball games. We extend our condolences to all and we are thinking of you.

  2. Donna and I worked together at RBC and I got to know Bill. He was always at her side and supported her at all times. They had a close and wonderful family and Bill was so proud of his children and grandchildren. He will be missed.
    Diane and I are thinking of you, Donna and our hearts are with you.
    Robin and Diane Moore.

  3. Dear Marie and Jerry ~ sending my warmest thoughts and heartfelt condolences to you and your family during this very difficult and emotional time.

  4. Dear Donna and Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing.
    My thoughts and prayers for strength and peace are with you and your family at this difficult time.
    Also in my prayers are Keith and Joanne, Jim and Pat, Pat and John. May happy memories of good times prevail in the days and months ahead.
    Gale Kersey and Family

  5. Deepest sympathies to the Arnold Family, I remember him as valued and respected customer of my Dad, Dean Core (Brigden Motor Sales). Always a gentleman.

  6. Dear Donna and Family……May the many years of happy memories that you have shared together over the years comfort you in all your coming tomorrow’s………….with deepest sympathy and love ..Dorothy Hyde and Family

  7. The Arnold Family, We wish you our sincerest condolences on the loss of your Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. Bill will be missed by all who knew him.

  8. Donna, Marie and Jerry, John and Brenda, Sandra and Dan and families, my deepest sympathy to everyone. Bill was a true gentleman and well-respected in the community.

  9. Our condolences to Donna ,Marie, John, Sandra and families .As a player a baseball icon in Wilkesport and surrounding communities ,as a coach Bill passed on his knowledge and experience to the development of many. A true gentleman.

  10. Sending our sincere condolences to the Arnold, Shephard and Douglas families. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time.

  11. Donna, Marie and Jerry, John and Brenda, Sandra and Dan and families.
    So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to everyone.
    We have so many good memories of Bill and baseball in Wilkesport.
    May your memories comfort you at this time. Bob & Bonnie

  12. To Donna and all the extended Family; Our deepest sympathy to you all on the passing of Bill. We will treasure and remember the many conversations and good times in our community we had at ball games and community events. Bill was a true gentlemen and great individual. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jim & Anne Duffy and families..

  13. Dan, Sandra, Matt, Jennifer and All Of The Arnold Family
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa. Bill and Donna were the greatest fans of our boys travel hockey teams in their younger years. I don’t think they ever missed a game. Great people. Cherish your memories of the good times. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time. Tom and Joyce

  14. Dear Donna, Marie and Jerry, John and Brenda, Sandra and Dan and the entire family …please accept our heartfelt condolences.
    Coach Bill was one of the best and truly responsible for my “love of the game”. We have many fond memories of the Wilkesport baseball days.
    Rest In Peace Bill.
    Tom and Lucy

  15. My deepest condolences to all of you. I appreciated all the baseball wisdom that Uncle Bill gave me! My wish for you is to find peace and gentleness during this difficult time⚾️

  16. DEar Donna, Marie, John and Sandra, we share your sorrow at the loss of a life long buddy and friend. Our thoughts are full of precious memories of times past. . love Melvin and Lorraine.

  17. Our Sympathy’s to Donna, Marie, John, Sandra and thier families on the passing of Bill. We have very fond memories of Bill around Wilkesport and all the things he was involved in. Chuck & Betty Lauwereys

  18. Our sincere sympathy to the Arnold, Shephard and Douglas families. We have many fond memories of Bill, he was extremely kind and a true gentleman. He was a proud husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and will be missed by many. Treasure those memories and hope they help during the difficult times.

  19. To Donna and family,
    As batboy for the Wilkesport Tigers, I always looked up to Bill and the other players as my heroes. A few years later as I tackled the guitar I came to really appreciate Bill’s musical talent. He was a super guitar player. RIP

  20. Growing up in Wilkesport area I had the pleasure of having Bill as a baseball coach.He showed me a lot of the finer points about pitching.Will be missed by everyone.
    My condolences to Donna, Marie, John, Sandra and Keith and all the rest of the families.

  21. Donna, Marie and Jerry, John and Brenda, Sandra and Dan,
    Thinking of you and yours at this sad time.
    With our deepest condolences.
    Bill & Anne (Nicol) Philp

  22. Donna, Marie and Jerry, John and Brenda, Sandra and Dan….thinking of you and your families at this sad time. Our sincere sympathy to all of you.

  23. So sorry to hear the sad news of Bill’s passing. I will always remember him as a fixture at the diamond for every game and loved hearing his stories! More importantly I enjoyed talking to him about baseball and learning everything I could about the game he loved. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family.

  24. To Donna, Marie and Jerry, John and Brenda and Sandra and Dan. Judy and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of a beloved husband, father and grandfather. We have great memories of Bill through our involvement in Wilkesport baseball all those years ago. Rest in peace, Bill

  25. Dear Marie: While I did not know your father well, I am very sad to learn of his passing. My sincerest condolences to you and your family.

  26. As a young lad growing up in Wilkesport, Bill and the others on the Tigers were my hero’s. All I ever dreamed of was having a nice car, a pretty wife and a steady job and play baseball all summer. just like Bill and the guys.
    My condolences to Donna, Marie, John, Sandra and the rest of the family.

  27. Dear Sandra. Dan, Matt and family – We are saddened to read of Bill’s passing. He was one of the kindest gentlemen of all time. He has given us all fond memories and we know that you will cherish all he has given you. With our deepest sympathy, Neil and Maureen ❤️

  28. Marie, John, Sandra and families, So sorry about the passing of your Dad, Bill was a gentleman and I am very sure of all the baseball his grandchildren and great grandchildren excelled in made him very proud. Keep all the good memories close to your heart in the days to come.

  29. Receiving lots of support and comments from my friends and family:

    “Always enjoyed seeing your grandpa at the ball diamond and having conversations with him. Your grandfather was a true gentlemen.”

    “I have extremely fond memories of your grandfather, thoughts and prayers to all the Shephard’s and Arnold’s.”

    “Great man, a cornerstone to a great family.”

    “Always remember his support at his grand kids and great grand kids baseball games. He is an Arnold/baseball legend”

  30. Thinking of you all during this difficult time…may holding he memories close to your heart bring you some comfort.
    Ken and Barb Taylor
    Christine, Martin and Miria Pelletier

  31. So sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. He lived a full life but we are never ready to let them go. Hoping your many memories will give you some comfort during these difficult times. Thinking of you all.
    Brian & Jane Racher