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Joseph Sherrand Arch

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Was born in Everett, Massachusetts on November 16, 1909 and passed away in Pompano Beach, Florida on March 4, 2005. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Thelma. He is also survived by 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; son and daughter-in-law, Allan and Susan Arch, and grandchildren Karen and Tim Malin; great-grandson Archer Malin, and granddaughter, Kristin Arch; son and daughter-in-law David and Julie Arch, and grandchildren Bina Arch and Andy Arch; and daughter Gail Arch, and grandson Christian Vorys. He is also survived by his brother, Lawrence Arch, and many nieces and nephews. His long life was a celebration of family, work and community. He grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and graduated as an electrical engineer from Wentworth Institute in 1931. His first job at Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield, Vermont, introduced him to his passion for the machine tool industry. After working for Grant Gear of Boston, he started his own company, Arch Gear Works in 1946, a national leader in the precision gear industry. The company produced gears and sprockets in North Quincy and later Wareham, Massachusetts. He lived many years in Quincy, Massachusetts, where he was active in Bethany Congregational Church. In 1957, he founded Southern Gear and Machine of Hialeah, Florida, which his son Allan is President. He was a lifelong member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and a 32nd degree Mason of the Wollaston Lodge. In later years he split his time between Florida and Cape Cod. In Florida he was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale. He spent his summers in Wenaumet Bluffs, Pocasset, among many friends and family. There will be a service of the celebration of his life at Nickerson Bourne Funeral Home in BOURNE, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, March 8th at 1:00 PM. Donations can be made to the Joseph Arch Youth Scholarship Fund at the First Presbyterian Church, 401 S.E. 15th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301. Burial will follow in Cataumet Cemetery.
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