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"We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond." - Fred Rogers

Art Magnaghi Jr. was such a person. His affection was for all people. He touched everyone he met with his magnetic personality and devoted immeasurable care and service to his family, friends and the communities he cherished. He was a trusted advisor and mentor to many, a loving and supportive husband to Wendy (Whelan), his wife of 47 years, and an inspirational and adoring father to Brooke and Devon.

He passed away peacefully at the age of 70 in his home Tuesday morning, November 8th , surrounded by the love and gratitude of his family.

Born to Velma Simpson and Arthur Magnaghi in Brattleboro, Vermont where he was raised, Art was influenced by his formative experience with the Boy Scouts of America. At 16, he achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout and later went on to earn both the Silver Beaver Award and the Vermont Distinguished Citizen Award in 2005 and 2007, respectively. From adolescence, he adopted the BSA's core values, in particular, "to help other people at all times." Those who knew him would agree that he upheld this value to the fullest, moving all with his unfaltering compassion, generosity of spirit and loyalty. Last Saturday, Art became the first recipient of the National Outstanding Eagle Scout award in Vermont, a prestigious recognition bestowed on those who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and have made a positive impact on the community at the local, state or regional level.

Art graduated from Norwich University in 1968, married Wendy, and continued his studies at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College where he earned his MBA in 1970.

Art began his career in 1970 as a Commercial Lender with the New England Merchants Bank in Boston and in 1972 joined his father's company, DeWitt Beverage, as Vice President. In 1980, he became President and owner of the company. During his tenure, the company grew by over 100% and in September of 2007, he sold the business and retired. While President, Art also served on a number of other business boards holding key positions in many including: Director of Catamount Bank from 1975-1978; Chairman of the Merchants Bank Advisory Board from 1979-1995; Chairman of the Finance Committee and a Director for the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital from 1974-1980; President of the Board of Directors for Brattleboro Memorial Hospital from 1980-1982; Member of the August A Busch III Anheuser-Busch Inc. Wholesale Advisory Panel in St Louis, MO from 1981-1988.

In 2007, shortly before Art sold his company, he suffered a devastating heart attack. After two weeks, he returned home to await a heart transplant. Several months later, following a successful surgery at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Art's new life began.

His commitment to those who saved his life, coupled with his passion to improve the organ donation process, fueled a new mission for Art. He held enormous admiration and love for his Doctors, nurses and their extraordinary care. He served as a member of the Board of Governors for Tufts Medical Center since 2013 and introduced legislation in Vermont that now provides a section on all license applications to indicate if one wishes to donate their organs. That legislation has since increased organ donation in Vermont from 250 to over 250,000. In 2011, the Governor of Vermont appointed him to the Advisory Council on Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness.

In 2013, Art served as a member of the Capital Campaign Committee for the construction of a new Emergency room at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

Toward the end of his illness, Art reflected on the past nine years of his life and regarded them as the most precious gift, a second chance to complete his life's work. During this time, not only was he the architect of an esteemed body of accomplishments and community service, he had the opportunity to celebrate the wedding of his daughter Brooke to Johan van Lierop, and experience the magic and joy of being a grandfather to Evangeline, Larkin, Nova and Kai. He was also able to realize an important wish and donate his corneas.

No one could have been more modest about their achievements than Art, but those listed here reflect the admiration and reverence that his family holds for his rich history.

He is survived by his loving wife Wendy, daughters, Devon and Brooke, their husbands, Eric Smith and Johan, his four grandchildren and sister Shelley. He was predeceased by his mother and father and sister, Joni.

SERVICES: The liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 2 PM at Saint Michael's Roman Catholic Church with Fr Justin Baker, pastor, celebrant.

Committal rites and burial in Morningside Cemetery will be private following the Mass.

To sign an online register book or send messages of e-condolence to the family please visit www.atamaniuk.com

In lieu of Flowers, Funds can be sent to the following three organizations: To support Cardiac and Oncology Care In honor of Arthur and Wendy Magnaghi: Tufts Medical Center c/o John K. Erban MD 800 Washington St. Box 245, Boston MA 02111

In memory of Arthur Magnaghi to support organ and tissue donation:

New England Organ Bank 60 First Avenue, Waltham, Mass, 02451-1106

Online contributions can be made at: http://neob.org/monetary-donations/

In Memory of Arthur Magnaghi: Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America P.O. Box 557, Waterbury, VT 05676

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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Nov. 11, 2016
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