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ARTHUR J. LOUD


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ARTHUR J. LOUD Obituary
LOUD, Arthur J. After a courageous and hard-fought battle with cancer, of Arlington, Mass., died June 13, 2016, at the age of 77. He leaves behind his wife, Maryellen Remmert-Loud; his daughters Margaret Charendoff, Sara Loud and Diane Loud; his son, Michael Loud; his sisters and brothers, Mary Meehan (Robert Meehan), Sister Barbara Loud, William Loud (Marianne Loud), Ruth Auger (Larry Auger) and James Loud; and seven grandchildren. Arthur was born December 26, 1938, in Cambridge, Mass., to Arthur and Lillian Loud, and was the oldest of six children. He graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor's of science and masters of science in Mechanical Engineering in 1966 and 1970, respectively. Arthur was many things to many people, but above all else a fiercely proud and quietly loving father and grandfather who celebrated every milestone and accomplishment – big and small – of his children and grandchildren. He had three daughters with his former wife, Nancy Loud (nee Swendeman), and one son with his wife, Maryellen Remmert-Loud, whom he married in 1988 and with whom he spent the last nearly 28 years of his life. Arthur's seven grandchildren – Cecelia, Jonathan, Olivia and Ila Charendoff; Macy and Graham Gorman; and Charlotte Burbridge, were the light of his life, and he made sure that they knew it. A later-in-life lover of dogs and an advocate for rescue, Arthur had a special relationship with his grand-dogs Gizmo (who predeceased him) and Roxy. They provided much comfort to him during his illness. In addition to his family, Arthur loved his work, first as an engineer in a variety of different roles and companies, and later in his life, with the U.S. Postal Service, where he served as Postal Supervisor at the Northwest-Boston Processing and Distribution Center and the Middlesex Essex Processing and Distribution Plant. Having to retire last year because of his health was one of his saddest moments. A man of conviction and deep commitment to his beliefs, Arthur "walked the talk," putting actions behind those things about which he cared most deeply. He served the town of Arlington for more than 20 years in a number of roles, including as Town Meeting Member from 1971 to 1982, and perhaps his most rewarding, member of the Permanent Town Building Committee from 1973 to 1995, and its Chairman for over 10 years. He became a dedicated leader in the Boy Scouts of America, receiving the Flintlock District Distinguished Service Award in 2009 for his work organizing, overseeing and serving on the boards of review for Eagle Scout candidates and their service projects; the Sons of Liberty District Award of Merit in 2006 and the Silver Beaver award from the National Court of Honor in 2008 for his outstanding service to the youth of the Boston Minuteman Council. His son Michael became an Eagle Scout in 2006.Arthur loved cooking, good food, and wine, which he shared with all of his children in the form of traditions like Christmas Eve lobster dinner and Portuguese Easter bread baking, yearly gift subscriptions to Gourmet and Bon Appetite, and his eagerness to share a recipe – whether one that had been passed down in his family for generations or a new one from one of the many cooking classes that he took. He celebrated his 70th birthday with a trip to Tuscany with Maryellen and Michael. One of his favorite activities – one that he shared with his son – was listening to the emergency radio scanner. Arthur liked to listen to the fire department channel and Michael would listen to the police channel, so together they would get "all of the info." He also enjoyed Sudoku, crossword puzzles, and yelling at Jeopardy contestants on TV because they didn't know the answers (but he did).In addition to his wife, siblings, children and grandchildren, Arthur is survived by sons-in-law Michael Gorman and James Burbridge; 15 nieces and nephews and their children; and Roxy, his grand-dog. Arthur was buried in a private ceremony on June 18, 2016, and will be remembered at a celebration of life on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 5 p.m. at the Robbins Library, 700 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the MSPCA Methuen Nevins, Massachusetts General Hospital (the Heart Failure and Transplantation Costs Fund or the Thyroid Unit Teaching and Research Fund), and the Foundation for Fighting Blindness.
Published in The Boston Globe on June 19, 2016
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