Arolyn Fish

Arolyn Frances Fish

1923-2014 PITTSFIELD Arolyn "Lyn" Fish passed away on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, after a long and happy life. She was born in Westbrook, Maine, on Dec. 2, 1923, to Arol and Agnes Hawkes and grew to be a beautiful, patriotic woman. After graduating from Westbrook High School in 1942, she enlisted in the Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. She became a corporal, served as a general clerk, and met her future husband, Pittsfield native Frank Ward Fish, at the Cherry Point Air Base. In 1946, she was discharged and married Frank in July, in Westbrook. Instead of a honeymoon, they bought a house overlooking Pontoosuc Lake and began their nearly 50 years together. Arolyn and Frank lived a life full of music and dancing, entertaining, and travelling. They shared and developed a deep faith by practicing the teachings of the Christian Science Church and being active members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist. Arolyn was completely devoted to her husband and, for several years before his passing in 1996, was primarily responsible for his care. Arolyn and Frank had three children, David, Frank E., and Susanlyn. After her children began school, she began working part-time jobs for what she termed 'mad money.' She truly loved her jobs at fashion boutiques, such as Yezzi's, Greta's Hats, and Camellia's. She managed Camellia's Dalton store and continued to work for Camellia's in Lanesboro for several years. She also owned and operated The Kiln on Tyler Street and taught herself the art of ceramics. She was an award-winning ceramist, distinguished for her ability to fire true red, a most difficult endeavor. She was passionate about all forms of art and was a skilled craftswoman. She sewed, did crewel, hooked rugs, painted wood and tole, did intricate china painting, painted oil on canvas and even stained glass windows. She was an artist in her heart and soul. Arolyn had the gift of making lifelong friends wherever she went. She was a superb conversationalist who was always ready for a cup of tea and a chat. From her work and service at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, to her lifelong association with the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) sisterhood, she surrounded herself with friends and never lost contact if she could help it. Many of her friendships grew over 60 years and her closest friends were as dear to her as her family. Her family has been blessed to have her as a part of their lives for so long. She leaves her brother, Edwin "Pete" Hawkes, and his wife, Deb; her sister, Janice Boucher; nieces, Cynthia Swaney, Cheryl Pritchard, and her nephew, Stephen Boucher. She leaves her eldest son, David, and his wife, Lucy; her daughter, Susanlyn Fish, and her daughter-in-law, Janet Fish Mickle, whom she dearly loved. She also leaves her grandson, Eric Fish, and his wife, Sara, and her great-grandson, Michael Hawkes Fish. Arolyn shared a remarkable bond with her grandson Brian Fish, who took extraordinary care of her for these past two years. She joins her son, Frank E., who passed away in 2010. Frank's family is confident that he welcomed her to Heaven with a Teo's hotdog. FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Lanesboro Veterans food bank (checks to American Legion PO Box 405 Lanesborough, MA 01237) or the First Church of Christ, Scientist (17 Wendell Ave Pittsfield, MA 01201).

Published in The Berkshire Eagle from Jan. 18 to Jan. 25, 2014