Dr. Norman Montague Arnott was born in Wales on the 16th of May, 1934, the son of Evan Charles Arnott and the former Jane Austin Howarth. Dr. Arnott had an older brother named Ray and a sister named Pamela. His father was a Merchant Navy Seaman serving on the S.S. Beaverford. On the 28th of October, 1940 the S.S. Beaverford set sail from Halifax, Nova Scotia enroute to the United Kingdom. Midway across the Atlantic Ocean on the 5th of November, 1940 as part of a convoy, the S.S. Beaverford was sunk by a German Cruiser. All 77 people aboard including Dr. Arnott’s father were killed. At the time of his father’s death, the Arnott family resided at 116 Cowbridge Road, Cardiff, Wales.
In 1956, Dr Arnott moved to New Zealand where he became an accountant. Dr. Arnott decided on a career change and enrolled at the University of Otago in New Zealand, graduating as a Medical Doctor in 1968. Upon his graduation he became the only physician on Chatham Island, New Zealand.
While living in New Zealand, Dr. Arnott married Jill McIsaac and in 1970, Dr. and Mrs. Arnott immigrated to Chatham, Ontario. They had 3 children; Scott, Naomi and Rachel. Sadly Naomi was killed in an accident in 1973 at the age of 21 months. She was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham.
Dr. Arnott appears in the 1973, 1975 and the 1977 Chatham City Directory (Vernon). The family resided at 160 Llydican Ave. Ext and his medical office was listed as 60 Grand Ave., West.
Dr. Arnott moved to Port Moody, British Columbia where he practiced family medicine. He studied at the University of British Columbia and he received his M.Sc. in Public Health and the designation of F.R.C.P. Dr. Arnott was the Medical Officer of Health in the Kootenays and then at Fraser Health.
Dr. Arnott and his wife Jill divorced and he was married to Rena.
Prior to his retirement, Dr. Arnott was practicing family medicine. He retired in 2003.
Dr. Arnott enjoyed travelling and spending time with his grandchildren in his retirement.
Dr. Arnott died on the 24th of December, 2018.