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East Ender celebrates a century in style

Frank Arnold celebrated a century at a party for friends and family on Feb. 3. PHOTO: Phil Lameira / Beach Metro News

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s just another day.”

Those were the words of Frank Arnold on Feb. 3 as he celebrated his 100th birthday with a large group of friends and family in his building on Coatsworth Crescent.

Arnold was born in Toronto on Feb. 3, 1912 and spent most of his childhood on Ivy Avenue near Greenwood and Gerrard. He attended Leslie Street School and Danforth Tech.

At the age of 22 his family moved to Woodbine Avenue near Gerrard. At that time, Arnold was already employed at Canadian General Electric where he worked for 43 years.

In 1948 he married Dorothy Lennox, who passed in 2002.

His only son, Jim Arnold, remembers his father being a “typical dad of the fifties.”

During the fifties and sixties Arnold was a supporter of the 52nd Toronto Wolf Cub Pack at Balmy Beach where his son was a Cub.

From 1939 to 1945 he served in the Royal Canadian Navy on corvettes and engaged in convoy escort duties during the Second World War. He continued to be on the Royal Canadian Navy Reserves until the early sixties.

Arnold has been living at 11 Coatsworth Cres. for about 10 years and finds it very enjoyable.

“The people here are very nice to me,” he said.

Although he can’t attribute his longevity to any particular source, he admits that he enjoys orange juice and oatmeal everyday for breakfast. His exercising doesn’t go beyond his normal walks.

“Although he’s a bit frail physically, my dad is still very sharp mentally,” said his son Jim.

He remains active and often goes to Casino Rama on organized outings by the building community. Up until last year, he would often go on his own by taking a bus from Gerrard Square.

Arnold’s parents were both from Leichestershire, England and emigrated to Canada in the 1890s. His father Alfred John Arnold was a First World War veteran, and his mother Emma Arnold lived to be 101. He also has one granddaughter, Sheena Arnold.

The ceremony was put together by Neighbourhood Link with the Rotary Club of Toronto donating the cake.

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Congratulations Mr Arnold or should I say Chief! I was a friend of Jims throughout our childhood and remember only to well the 52 Wolf Pack at Balmy Beach. You may remember I lived a directly across from Balmy Beach at 144 Balsam Ave.

I remember going out with you and Jim on a Navy boat to watch over a sailing regatta and got sea sick. I also remember shooting a pistol at the Naval reserve station. That was my first and only time doing so. You and you family were a great support for me when my father died when I was 11.

So Happy Birthday and my sincere best wishes!

Stan Brown and Family

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