Arthur E. Ahola 82, passed away at his daughters home Sept. 14, in Cushing. He was born in Scituate, Mass. on Nov. 13, 1930. He was the son of Finnish immigrants, Oscar and Ida (Kaipainen) Ahola, who settled on the Massachusetts coast. He was a 1948 graduate of Scituate High School and a Scituate firefighter for 29 years. He went to work at a young age on the cranberry bog Satuit Meadows, where his father was a foreman. He spent most of his life in Scituate and Cushing. He was a hunter, rifle marksman, and fisherman, whether it be fishing for stripers or brook trout. He enjoyed going after sea clams in the surf off Minot Beach. He grew fruit trees and gardens wherever he was. For many years he was stationed at the Minot and Humarock fire stations, and was first to answer the call along with fellow firefighter and friend Ed Duffey on the night the historic Cliff Hotel burned to the ground, a result of arson. In 1986, he suffered a severe stroke that cut short many of the things he wanted to do. He will be remembered for his generous and unpretentious nature, loyal friendship, strength and perseverance through a prolonged illness. He was an avid reader, enjoyed track and field, hockey, classical music and spending time with his children. He is predeceased by his parents, a brother Vilho Ahola, sister Aune and his wife Muriel. He leaves behind five children, Karen Bailey of Belfast, Mariann Ahola of Cushing, Edward Ahola of Austin, Texas, Eric Ahola of Seoul, Korea, Stephen Ahola of Blue Hill, a sister Velma Campbell of Mattapan, Mass. , three grandchildren Tiffany Thibodeau, Juliette Laaka and Erica Ahola , two great grandchildren, lifelong friends Stan Briggs and Edward Duffey of Scituate, and many cousins in Finland. He will be laid to rest at The Bayview Cemetery in Sandwich, Massachusetts. A graveside service is planned.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Sept. 26, 2013