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Arnold Palmer Oxton

June 7, 1930 - September 21, 2021


After several weeks of failing health, peacefully, and in the presence of his wife and step-daughter, Arnold Palmer Oxton passed away on Tuesday, September 21st, 2021 at the age of 91 years.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Dulcie of 33 years; children Sandy (Alan) and Paul (Mitra), and step-children Gordon (Tuya) and Lorraine (Don); step-grandchildren Bryony (David), Callum (Cinthya), Rowan (Robin), and grandchildren Christopher and Oliver; great-grandchildren Reon and Beau, as well as numerous friends.

Arnold was predeceased by his parents, brother Wilfred, sister Florence (Flo), and his loving first wife, Joyce.

The mould was broken after Arnold was born to Albert and Eleanor (nee Palmer) Oxton, on Saturday, June 7th 1930, in Bromborough, Cheshire, UK. He was a caring, intelligent, and unique gentleman who touched so many with his empathy and wicked sense of humour. Arnold’s passions in life included mathematics, astronomy, engineering, and science, but he amused the ‘rest of us’ with a taste for piano music, football (from the motherland), tennis, and travel. His achievements as a Chartered Engineer were impressive, and his talents as a lecturer were formidable and greatly appreciated by his grandchildren when in their teens!

Arnold and his first wife Joyce travelled from the UK to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) in the late ‘50s where they enjoyed life in the sun, building their family and meeting many special friends including Wilf and Dulcie Heap. After Wilf and Joyce both passed Arnold and Dulcie were meant to be together and enjoyed the last 33 years together, most of which was spent enjoying a glorious retirement in Canada. Arnold’s dreams included becoming a pilot and writing a book.

Due to the pandemic, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Although our hearts are heavy, we celebrate his long and rewarding life and find comfort in his newfound peace.


The family wishes to thank the staff at the Cowichan District Hospital and Cerwydden Care Centre in Duncan, B.C. as well as friends and neighbours for their love and support.


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From: Sandy Gascoyne
Relation: My father

To Dulcie and Lorrraine,

Thank you for all your help with my Dad, I’m sorry for your loss as well as mine. A wonderful father who we will miss, may he rest in peace and remain forever in our hearts. Love you Dad

Sandy xxxx

From: The girls in Mill Bay

Our deepest condolences to you and the family, Dulcie.
I enjoyed having the chance to get to know Arnold, and will miss seeing him around

From: Christopher Gascoyne
Relation: Grandfather

Grandma Dulcie and Auntie Loraine,

To echo my mother, thank you both for the sacrifices you made to be with and help Grandad in his failing health. I love him a lot and I have only fond memories of being with him, it is a shame we could not spend more time together in person!

I am truly sorry for everyone’s loss. <3

From: Debbie Edgell
Relation: Friends.

Dear Dulcie, Lorraine and family,
Sending you much love and sympathy. Arnold was a lovely, gentle soul, with a wicked sense of humour! He will be missed but was so well loved. All our love, Audrey, Debbie, Kevin, Justyne and Bronwyn.

From: Anne & John Dryburgh
Relation: Neighbour from Bulawayo days

Thank you for sending me a copy of the tribute to your Dad. It was lovely to read it and learn something new. I am sure that our Dads had many happy discussions about both maths and science as those subjects were both of great interest to them both always. I always remember your Dad as a happy man and with a lovely garden. My condolences to you & Paul and Dulcie and family. I was going through photos last week and came across this one taken when my parents visited the UK back in July 1980.

From: Branwen Major
Relation: Dulcie's grandneice

Dear Aunty Dulcie and family, I wanted to send my deepest sympathy to you all. I have very fond memories of Arnold and Dulcie visiting my Grandad Ray in Hermanus at Christmas time as a child. There was always lots of laughter in the house. You are all in my prayers.

From: Ken Abbott

So sorry for your loss Dulcie. I always enjoyed working for you and Arnold and will remember those coffee breaks spent at your table talking with you both and listening to Arthur describe what it was like growing up in England during WW2. Take care. Ken Abbott, your retired house painter.

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