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Arnold "Arn" Knapp

May 31, 1938August 10, 2019

Alfred Arnold “Arn” Knapp (May 31, 1938 - August 10, 2019). Died peacefully at Mount Sinai hospital after a short and heroic battle with lymphoma surrounded by family.

Beloved husband of Sandra June (Dowell) of Toronto, father of Stephen Arnold Willis and his wife Lesli Vanessa Hollett of Wabush, NL, and Suzanne Elizabeth, and her husband Blair William Krupchyn of Toronto. Loving grandfather to Ethan, Cassandra, Cooper, Andria, and Victoria. Predeceased by parents Alfred and Gertrude, and brother Jack.

Arn was a true son of Toronto’s east end, spending his whole life living on a single street (albeit in different houses of course) near Coxwell and Queen, and going to school (first) at Duke of Connaught, then Danforth Tech. Later he attended Ryerson Institute of Technology, where he studied Metallurgy, graduating in 1960.

Often getting to and from school was accomplished most often by a car cobbled together by him and his friends, his much loved (and much ticketed) 1933 Ford roadster, with the open fenders, rumble seat, and white-wall tires.

Upon graduation, he immediately started working for the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA) representing the copper, brass, and bronze industry in Canada. His first position was as a technical writer, but over the years he subsequently was promoted to Project Manager, Codes & Standards Liaison, and lastly Executive Director. He retired from the organization in 2002, after being with them for 42 years.

He also garnered numerous recognitions, citations, and lifetime awards from organizations like CIPH, ASTM, CSA, and OPIA (especially on codes and standards) for moving the industry forward on numerous fronts.

Over his career he traveled on their behalf to various countries and continents, working with other organizations and individuals to forward what was increasingly becoming a global business. The friends he and Sandra developed over those years are many they still have to this day. In his later years, though, Arn enjoyed nothing more than sitting on his porch rather than travelling, much to the chagrin of Sandra.

As well, during those trips, and on various vacations and cruises, he got to indulge his other great passion, trying beer from far and wide. This was often procured from either a train station stand in a city like Madrid or Warsaw, or a rural store on a road trip to Texas or across the Maritimes.

Lastly, he loved being surrounded by friends and family, either (when younger) skiing in Quebec or Collingwood with Sandra, his father, and friends like Ross and Ted, or later cottaging, BBQing, and fishing with his own kids and grandkids. He most of all loved holidays, birthdays, and Sunday dinners with family where he was often the quiet centre of a whirling commotion of activity.

He will be greatly missed.

Finally, it should be noted the thoughtful and attentive care Arn received in his final days at Mount Sinai. They were, under incredibly trying circumstances, filled with dignity and patience. The doctors and the nurses of the ICU work under tremendously difficult conditions, but those working with Arn were terrific to both him and the family during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Arn's memory can be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.



  • Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019


  • Celebration of Life


Arnold "Arn" Knapp

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Carol Head

August 17, 2019

Dear Stephen and family,

I guess the last few days has seemed to be unimaginable. but find peace in knowing that your father is at peace, and that he led a long and great life. We would like to express our sincere sympathy for you and your family.

Carol and Herb

Barbara Walzer

August 17, 2019

Dear Sandra,
I was so shocked when I read Arnies Obituary
My deepest, heartfelt Condolences to you and your Family.
It was the last thing I would think of, that Arn was sick. He was such a nice, caring person with a good sense of humor. I will have him in my prayers and memory


Maureen McCullough (Campbell)

August 17, 2019

I am saddened to hear of the passing of my longtime neighbour and friend. Arnie's family lived in the adjoining house to ours until our parents' senior years. A few years my senior, we attended the same school, and played together with his brother Jack and the neighbourhood gang. I watched that old car and others in our lane, Arnie and Sandra's courtship, and enjoyed my friendship with his mother Gert until her last days. Their front porch was the gathering place for all the boys' friends. Our 2 families were always there for each other in good times and in bad. I am sorry I didn't know of his illness. My sympathy and prayers go out to Sandra, Stephen and Suzanne and their families at this time of loss.

Janice Corbett

August 16, 2019

Sandra, my prays are with you and your family, Arn always had a smile and warm wishes everytime I came to Toronto and walked by your house. He would make me laugh. I hope to see you smiling next summer.

Vivian Karnilavicius

August 16, 2019

Sandra, Stephen and Sue,

Arnie was our great neighbor for 32 years. We have never known him not to sit on that porch in the good weather, and even the not-so-good weather. How many times Sandra, have we met you guys out there on our porches, the rain coming down in buckets and the wind howling? Best times ever.

Arnie leaves a wonderful legacy behind. A fine man, with a fine family, who fully enjoyed life and the company of others.

Our sincerest condolences to you all.

Vivian & Edmund Karnilavicius

Shelby Mailloux

August 16, 2019

We will miss Arnie's friendly wave, chats, and presence on his front porch in general. The street truly won't feel the same without him. Thinking of you guys. With sympathy,
Adrian, Shelby and Luella

Laura and Andrew

August 15, 2019

We are so sorry to hear about Arnie’s passing. He was always so friendly to our family throughout the years - often sitting on the porch having a chat with us or simply a wave as we rushed by chasing after the kids. He will really be missed.

Laura, Andrew and the boys at #102

Sandra Burk

August 15, 2019

Dear Sandra and Suzanne:

I was shocked and saddened to learn of Arnie's passing. He was a nice guy, always friendly and helpful, and I will miss chatting with him. My deepest sympathy to you and the family.


John Goshulak

August 15, 2019

I sat on a number of committees with Arnold and he was always a pleasure to work with, in spite of his occasional crusty ways. I always knew that he would be that final voice of wisdom that would bring any thoughts or concerns to a close. He will be missed.

Jessie Hollett

August 15, 2019

tTo the Knapp Family.
Arn was a larger than life person,A man who loved his family very much. I will miss him very much when I visit.So sorry for your loss. Love Jessie