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Ernest I. Arnow


July 6, 1924 ~ January 15, 2017

Ernest I. Arnow, husband of Elaine Walkoff Arnow of Westport, passed away Sunday, January 15th, 2017 in his home surrounded by his loving wife, children and grandchildren.

Born, July 6, 1924, in Bronx, NY, he was the son of Samuel and Sadie Arnow.

Dr. Arnow (Ernie) attended the Bronx High School of Science and then served in the US Army during World War II in the Medical Corps in the Pacific.  He attended NYU Undergraduate School and NYU Dental School.   He practiced dentistry in Norwalk for over 50 years.

Ernie was president of many organizations including Fairfield County Children’s Dental Study Group, Southern New England Dental Practice Administration, Friends of University of Connecticut School of Dentistry, and Norwalk Dental Society.   He lectured at many domestic and international dental societies, and in 1995 became a member of the Honorary Pierre Fauchard Academy.
Ernie earned a Masters in Clinical Nutrition in 1980 from the University of Bridgeport.   He was on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) in Westport, CT for many years and President of B’nai B’rith and Norwalk Lions Club.  Ernie was an avid tennis and bridge player, and a member of the Y’s Men of Westport.  He volunteered for Meals on Wheels, delivering food to homeless shelters and the senior center.

Ernie was a devoted husband and father to his five children.  He was quick-witted and had a dry sense of humor. He arranged annual family reunions to foster closeness and family bonding between siblings and cousins to bridge the family’s geographical distances.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine, with whom he enjoyed 61 wonderful years of marriage.  Elaine is an elected official in Westport, plays in the Norwalk Symphony, and is an active real estate agent.

Ernie is also survived by daughter Sherry (Jeff) of Shavertown, PA, Hilary of Westport, CT, son Jonathan (Linda) of Lexington, MA, son David (Debbie) of Austin, TX, daughter Meredith (John) of Asheville, NC.  He is also survived by his sister Barbara Muchnick (Paul) of Norwalk, CT and 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services are at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road Westport, CT on Wednesday, January 18 at 10 AM.  Burial will follow at Cedar Park Beth El Cemetery, with full military honors, at 735 Forest Avenue in Paramus, NJ Block 10 Section 2.   Shiva will be observed Wednesday, 6-8 PM and Thursday 7-9 PM.  Additional visiting hours will be Thursday 2-4 PM and Friday 2-4 PM at 5 Aspetuck Lane in Westport, CT.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to: Temple Israel of Westport, Connecticut or Westport Center for Senior Activities.

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