He married Violet Blundell in August 1941, and together they had two girls Stella and Claire. He had two grandsons and two granddaughters.
He died on 22 August 2003 at St Anthony’s Hospital, Cheam at the age of 89.
Arnold Gerschwiler joined the staff of the Richmond Ice Rink in 1937. He was head coach there from 1938 and was made director in 1964 until its demolition in 1992. He was awarded the OBE in 1997.  He headed a team of up to 28 full-time teachers training skaters from all over the world, discovering 42 champions, many from London. He coached the Czech skater Alena Vrzanova (Ajaj Zanova), world champion in 1949 and 1950, as well as his own nephew Hans Gerschwiler, the 1948 Olympic silver medallist.
He also coached the British skaters John Curry, 1976 Olympic and world champion, and Valda Osborn, British champion in 1952 and 1953 and European champion in 1953. Other European top skaters he coached included Vladislav Čáp, Helmut Seibt, Michael Booker, Daphne Walker, Hanna Eigel, Sjoukje Dijkstra, and Joan Haanappel.
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