Arlene Gaal, down by means of the years. A devoted investigator.
February 22, 1937 – November 7, 2021
As a consequence of many years of inquiries of British Columbia’s native Lake Monster sightings, the world’s foremost Ogopogo researcher was Arlene Gaal. We’re unhappy to study from her daughter Laurie that Gaal, at 84, has handed away on November 7, 2021, on the Solar Pointe Village in Kelowna, British Columbia.
Arlene Gaal was born in 1937 and raised in a small coal mining city of Michel, in southeastern British Columbia. In 1968, Arlene and her husband Joe, together with their three youngsters moved to Kelowna, positioned in Central British Columbia on the pristine shores of Lake Okanagan, the reported residence of the well-known Ogopogo, a Lake Monster. Arlene made her residing as a trainer and in addition wrote a weekly column for the Kelowna Day by day Courier.
She quickly took curiosity within the story of Ogopogo and started monitoring the various sightings of the creature. It was not lengthy earlier than Arlene grew to become the reporting station for sightings of Ogopogo and because the years progressed the info amassed would simply fill a reasonably sized room. She additionally made sure that any movie, video, or nonetheless images have been preserved, together with the so-called Folden Movie, which she bought in 1976.
Arlene Gaal served because the on-site guide for Alan Landsburg Manufacturing, In Search of Ogopogo and for 2 productions shot on Lake Okanagan by Tokyo’s Nippon Tv in 1990 and 1991. It was through the filming of the Nippon Tv packages that helicopters and submersibles looked for the creature and video footage and sonar readings captured pictures that gave the impression to be of Ogopogo. Gaal additionally appeared in a number of TV exhibits comparable to Entrance Web page Problem, Unsolved Mysteries, and Vacation spot Fact to call just a few.
She was predeceased by her dad and mom Alexander and Margaret Walker; her husband Joseph Gaal; her son Joey, who died in Thailand in 1989; and her brother-in-law James Johnston. She is survived by son David and his spouse Miyuki who dwell in Saiki Metropolis, Japan; her daughter Laurie; and grandsons Jordan, Colton and Joshua (Breanna); in addition to her sister Bernice; brother Ken (Elynda); and several other cousins, nieces, and nephews. No funeral service, at her request, shall be held, however a small household Celebration of Life shall be held at a later date.
Gaal was the creator of
Ogopogo: The True Story of the Okanagan Lake Million Greenback Monster (1955);
Beneath the Depths (1976); and
In Search of Ogopogo: Sacred Creature of the Okanagan Waters (2001).
Arlene Gaal was a frequent interviewee on cryptozoology documentaries and actuality tv packages, together with:
Self (6 credit)
Self – Historian and Ogopogo Archivist
Arlene Gaal additionally was a Lifetime Honorary Member of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Membership.
On November 18, 2021, within the Kelowna BC The Day by day Courier, Ron Seymour wrote the next obituary:
Arlene Gaal, an avid chronicler of Rutland occasions who was additionally an skilled on the legend of Ogopogo, has died.
She was 84.
“She had Rutland in her coronary heart,” Al Horning, a former MP, MLA and metropolis councillor, mentioned Thursday.
“Arlene was very educated about Rutland and all the time fascinated about telling Rutland’s tales,” Horning mentioned, referring to Gaal’s lengthy involvement with a newspaper that targeted on the neighborhood.
Gaal and her late husband Joe moved to Rutland in 1968 when the world was outdoors the Metropolis of Kelowna’s boundaries.
She was an elementary schoolteacher who additionally loved writing, contributing to the Rutland Weekly newspaper, educating inventive writing, and serving as president of the Okanagan Writer’s Affiliation.
She additionally developed an curiosity in Ogopogo, the legendary denizen of Okanagan Lake.
She wrote three books on Ogopogo, was typically contacted by individuals who believed they’d seen the creature, and was consulted by many tv crews that got here to Kelowna from world wide to arrange exhibits on the elusive serpent.
Gaal’s personal ideas on the existence of Ogopogo diversified from the light-hearted to the honest.
Requested for her opinion of a sensational video of one thing uncommon within the lake, filmed by a automobile salesman in 1989, Gaal mentioned: “There is no such thing as a doubt in my thoughts we’re an animal that hasn’t been labeled but.”
However after just a few years with none Ogopogo sightings, Gaal recommended in 2013 the lake was getting too noisy for its liking: “I can perceive with all of the boats and heavy site visitors on the lake. You and I’d go away and conceal too.”
For a few years, Gaal had a critical and private devotion to discovering out what led to the dying of her son Joey, an expert information photographer, in Thailand in 1989.
Authorities mentioned he drowned however Gaal believed he was murdered. Her investigations finally prompted the RCMP to ask their Thai colleagues to re-examine the case however no expenses have been ever laid.
“Arlene was keen about attending to the reality about what occurred to Joey,” mentioned Horning, who in his capability as MP for Kelowna within the late ’80s and early ’90s, helped Gaal in her analysis.
In 2014, Gaal printed a 240-page guide on her son’s dying.
“I do know lots of people may say, ‘Oh, you’re persevering with on with a misplaced trigger’, and ‘Simply let it go’,” Gaal mentioned in an interview on the time.
“However this occurred to me, to our household, to not them,” she mentioned. “Why wouldn’t I do what I might to attempt to see Joey’s killer delivered to justice?”
Arlene Gaal, 2009, taken by Paul Cropper, and shared with me.
Arlene Gaal holds her second guide in regards to the legendary lake monster Ogopogo amongst dozens of newspaper clippings in 2000.
PHOTO BY DESMOND MURRAY /Province
Laurie and Arlene Gaal, 2019
Personally, I’ll deeply miss Arlene, who has been a correspondent of mine because the Sixties. She was beneficiant in her sharing of her Ogopogo insights. Goodbye Arlene. ~ Loren Coleman