J.T. (Joey) Arnason

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Taken from the Icelandic Appeal website, circa 2000.
Arnason, J.T. (Joey) & Elin (Diddy)

Elin and I have five children: Brian Theodore Ellis (b. 1946), Robert William (b. 1948), Kenneth Morley (b. 1953), Deborah Kathleen (b.1955), and Susan Marie (b.1961).

Brian and his wife Dorothy have two children, Donna and Sharon. Brian and Ken run the family grocery business, Tip Top Foods, which I ran with my brother Valdi for 53 years.

Robert and his wife Ruth have two sons, Erik and Luke. Robert is the principal of Gimli High School.

Ken and his wife Judy have two daughters, Raegan and Carmen.

Deborah lives in Nipegon with her husband Nickolas and their two children, Jenna and Brett.

Susan resides in Winnipeg with her husband Larry and two daughters Ashton and MacKenzie. Susan also teaches school. We are all very proud of our Icelandic heritage and of our parents.

JT Arnason Family
(Back L to R) Debra, Brian, Kenny, Robert, Susan
(Front L to R) J.T. and Elin


J.T. Arnason Service Record

  • Gimli Volunteer Fire Fighter—25 years
  • Councillor—Town of Gimli
  • Chairman of the Waterworks Committee
  • Deputy Mayor
  • School Board Trustee
  • School Board Chairman
  • Charter Member of the Gimli Chapter of the Royal Canadian Legion
    Honourary Life Member
    50 years of Service
  • Chairman of the Gimli Curling Club
  • Life Member of the Gimli Curling Association
  • Life Member of the Manitoba Curling Association
  • Master—Viking Lodge #175
    Charter Member
  • Khartum Temple of Shrine’s
    Charter Member, Interlake Shrine Club
    Life Member of the Khartum Komediens

For more complete histories please see: Benjamín Kristjánsson, Vestur Íslenzkar Æviskrár, Vol. I, pp. 25-26, Vol. III, pp. 10-16; “Johann Arnason Family,” in Gimli Saga, pp. 452-464. For Elin Anderson’s family, see “Captain Baldvin Anderson” in Gimli Saga, pp. 437-441; Mikley, The Magnificent Island: Hecla Island 1876-1976, pp. 259-261.