Arthur Orville Fletcher, Jr
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KITTERY, Maine - Arthur Orville Fletcher, Jr age 91, of Kittery, Maine died peacefully on May 11, 2013 at Langdon Place of Dover with his daughter Gail by his side. Arthur was born May 5, 1922 in Kittery Point, Maine, the eldest son of Arthur Orville, Sr. and Nellie Sawyer Fletcher. He is survived by siblings Connie and Alvin. He is predeceased by siblings Dorothy, Frances, Ida, Warren, Frederick, Louise and Judith.
Arthur leaves his beloved wife of 66 years, Helen Janice (Hackney) Fletcher. He is also survived by his three loving children, Gail E. Bradbard of South Berwick, Maine; Barry Fletcher and his wife Gerry of Kittery Point; and Wendy Fletcher and her husband Bradley of Gainesville, Va. Arthur also leaves six grandchildren; Tami Bradbard Schoff and her husband Jimmy, Matthew Bradbard, Nathan Fletcher and his wife Lindsay, Sally Fletcher, Brian Fletcher; and Alisha Hughes. He also leaves three great grandchildren Taylar Rose and Ryan Arthur Schoff and Khamani Elijah Hughes. Also surviving are Arthur's brother-in-law William Hackney and his wife Donna who reside in Boulder Colorado and many nephews and nieces.
Arthur attended schools in Kittery and graduated from Traip Academy with the class of 1939. Upon graduation he entered the U.S. Army and served with the Third Armored Division under General Patten as staff sergeant from 1942-1945. He is a World War II veteran and was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Germany. Arthur was employed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, starting as an apprentice pipe fitter in 1941. He retired as a Quarterman in shop 56 with 39 years of government service.
Arthur was an active member and past Deacon and Trustee of the First Baptist Church of Kittery Point. He and his wife Jan spent many years delivering for Meals on Wheels. They enjoyed going to Mousam Lake and have many great family memories from their camp life there. He was a member of the Masonic Temple, Veterans of Foreign War and the American Legion. Arthur belonged to the York Country Club where he was a caddy at an early age and a member for over 50 years.
Being such a people person, Arthur's sense of humor and great joy of life will be missed by all those who shared it. He was a great family man and enjoyed many trips to the White Mountains with his children and wife. He enjoyed square dancing for years. He coached 5th and 6th grade basketball in the Kittery school system for more than 15 years. He enjoyed going on bus tours with the Eliot Seniors traveling to Canada down the East Coast.
Arthur was proud of the fact that he built his own home on George Street where he lived most of his life. During his many years at PNSY, he was known to refer to himself as AOF-Always Out Front, Arthur Orville Fletcher. He was a well respected leader at PNSY and never asked anyone to do anything that he would not do himself. After he retired from PNSY, he enjoyed doing plumbing jobs for his friends and family and many trips to the golf course with his good friend Leo Rizzo.
During his many summer vacations at Mousam Lake, Arthur became a well know icon on the water spending many hours in his Sea Snark sailboat, while puffing on a good cigar. He often entertained his friends with his beloved memories of his years in the Army in World War II.
Arthur will be dearly missed by many. Special thanks go to the employees of Langdon Place of Dover for the wonderful and loving care during Arthur's final months.
SERVICES: Friends may visit with the family from 2-5 p.m. on Friday May 17, 2013 in the JS Pelkey Funeral Home, 125 Old Post Road, Kittery, Maine. A funeral service will be held at the First Congregational Church, Kittery Point on Saturday May 18th at 10 a.m. Family flowers only.
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The care of the Fletcher family has been entrusted to JS Pelkey Funeral Home.
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Published in Fosters from May 14 to May 17, 2013