Deacon Kenneth E. Arnold died Aug. 10, 2016, in Rochester after a long illness. He was 72.
A Rochester native, Deacon Arnold married his wife, Ursula, in 1965 and worked in research and software development for Gleason Works for four decades. He was ordained by Bishop Emeritus Matthew H. Clark on June 3, 2000, at Sacred Heart Cathedral. During his 16 years as a deacon he served at St. Joseph Parish in Penfield, Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Rochester, the University of Rochester’s Newman Community, Irondequoit Senior Ministry and most recently St. Jerome Parish in East Rochester.
"I consider it really a grace of God in my life to have got to know him and have had the opportunity to serve the people with Ken," remarked Father William Leone, pastor of St. Jerome Parish.
Deacon Arnold had been fighting skin cancer for a year or so before he passed away, yet Father Leone said parishioners never heard him complain about his health.
"He continued to minister to the people with a joyful, hope-filled spirit. He was a wonderful man; holy, humble and patient in his suffering," Father Leone said. "He was a very inspirational man, and a man of faith."
Along with his wife, Deacon Arnold is survived by his daughters Lori and Amy Arnold; sisters Kathy Hunt, Janice (Milt) Glende and Joanne (David) Dorofy; and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours for Deacon Arnold will be Aug. 15, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Harloff Funeral Home, located at 803 S. Washington St. in East Rochester. His funeral Mass will be celebrated Aug. 16, 2016, at 10 a.m. at St. Jerome Church, located at 207 Garfield St. in East Rochester. Interment will follow in White Haven Memorial Park.
Donations in Deacon Arnold’s memory may be made to Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center, 601 Elmwood Ave., Box 704, Rochester, NY 14642, or to Lifetime Care Hospice, 3111 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14623.