Jesse Arnold Tester

Arnold Tester passed away peacefully at home in Woodstock, Ontario on Thursday September 30, 2021 at the age of 88.

He will be missed by Ruth Ann, his loving wife and best friend of over 32 years.

Arnold leaves behind his daughter Kathryn Birbeck, and his son Philip Tester. Loving Grandfather of Shannon (Gabriel) Matamoros, and Cameron Birbeck and Carly and Patric Tester. Proud Great Grandfather of Aubrey and Felix Matamoros.  Arnold will be sadly missed by stepson Michael (Christine) Tutton and grandson Jackson Tutton. Arnold is survived by his brother Gary and nephew Billie Tester.  He was predeceased by his sister Ruby Burgess formerly of Toledo, Ohio.

In keeping with Arnold’s wishes cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held.  Memorial donations to the Lung Association of Ontario are appreciated and can be made directly, or (by cheque) through Wareing Cremation Services, 225 Norwich Ave., Woodstock, Ontario. N4S 3V8 (519-290-5575).  Your messages of remembrance and condolence may be made at


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  • I worked for Arnold at Southam Newspaper Group for 10 years (1978-1988). Still one of the best bosses I ever had. Just loved Arn. My deepest condolences to his family.

    Karen Taggart
  • My deepest condolences to Ruth Ann and the family. Arnold was always very kind to me and my family. He will be greatly missed, may he Rest In Peace.

    Jennifer Tester
  • Ruth Ann,
    Sorry to hear about Arnold. Our thoughts are with you.
    Paula and Mike

    Paula and Mike Arnold
  • My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Hugs,

    Paula Arnold
  • Great guy who will be missed. Soul mate to Ruth Ann.

    Carol Edestrand
  • Dear Ruth Ann, Kathy, Philip and Family: It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we learn of dear Arnold’s passing. We send to each and every one of you our sincerest condolences. Arnold (Jesse) and I first met and became fast friends at Ryerson in 1957 and remained dear friends ever since. Arnold always treated everyone with the utmost respect and was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He was the epitome of a kind and gentle soul. We were privileged in years past to help decorate his Christmas tree and share good tidings and memories over a glass of wine
    May you Rest in Peace dear friend, free of pain and knowing how loved you are.

    Paul and Lorraine Wise

    Paul and Lorraine Wise

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