Arthur P. Fugere

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NORTHAMPTON - Arthur P. Fugere, 95, a former resident of Vernon Street, Northampton, died Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital after a period of failing health.

He was the son of Joseph L. Fugere and Anna Eva (Zschau) Fugere. Arthur attended Armory Street School while living in Springfield, and in 1929 moved with his family to Vernon Street so that his brother Francis would be able to attend Clarke School for the Deaf. He attended local schools and Northampton High School. During his school days, he performed odd jobs around the neighborhood. Arthur liked gardening and raised vegetables during the Depression years to help his family. He also worked part-time at Beckmann's Restaurant on the soda fountain and sold the Saturday Evening Post door-to-door. He was fond of chanting the slogan he used on the street to sell the magazine, "Read the Saturday Evening Post - the best magazine on the coast - only a nickel, half dime - keeps you reading all the time!"

As a boy, Arthur enjoyed swimming and fishing in the Mill River during the summer months and ice skating and skiing in the winter. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 103 in Florence, and in 1936 he attended the Citizen's Military Training Camp (CMTC). In 1939, he enrolled in Northampton Commercial College Evening School.

February of 1941, he was inducted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 9th Coast Artillery Headquarters - Harbor Defense in Boston as a clerk typist. He was later transferred to the 28th Artillery Battalion CF 8012 at Fort Warren. Arthur then went on to Camp Pendleton, Virginia, for further training and was assigned as an administrative clerk to Ascension Island in conjunction with the European African Middle Eastern Theater. He finished out his tour of duty at war's end in August of 1945 at Camp Edwards, where he received his honorable discharge.

Upon returning to Northampton after the war, he worked for Norwood's Convenience Store. He set off to Boston to work a variety of part-time jobs while attending Burdet College Evening School, where he studied accounting. He worked many different jobs over the years in support of his family which included positions at Sears and Roebuck, Hamden Mills and the YMCA. In 1980, Arthur began working for the Ann August Company as a clerk and delivery driver. He worked there until the stores' closure at which time he continued on with the Ann August family as a personal assistant and chauffeur, finally retiring at the age of 80 in 1998.

Arthur leaves two daughters, Cynthia Fugere of San Francisco, California, and Alesia Fugere of Belchertown, and two grandsons, Erik Motyl and Bret Motyl both of San Francisco, California. Additionally, he leaves a brother Lucien Fugere of Paso Robles, California; cousin Sr. Harriet Cutting of Concord, New Hampshire; three nieces, Susan Douglas Carter of Evergreen, Colorado, Nancy Douglas of Seattle, Washington, PattiAnn Mikas of Readstown, Wisconsin; and nephew Peter Douglas of Hawaii.

A Mass in celebration of Arthur's life will be offered Monday, June 23, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh St., Turners Falls. Rev. Fr. Stanley J. Aksamit, Pastor, will be the celebrant. Inurnment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Turners Falls. Military honors will be observed with members of the 54th Massachusetts Army National Guard in attendance, assisted by the Hale-Clapp VFW Post #3295, South Deerfield. Visiting hours are omitted.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst where Arthur lived his final year and a half. As Arthur routinely donated to the Northampton Survival Center, the family requests that memorial contributions in his memory be made to them in c/o Northampton Survival Center, 265 Prospect St., Northampton, MA 01060.

The McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls, have been entrusted with the arrangements. Guest book and condolence message available at

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on June 4, 2014
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