O'DAY--Arthur Francis, passed away on November 15, 2013, from complications from heart disease. Art was born May 29, 1931 in Brockton, Massachusetts. He grew up in Stoughton Massachusetts, where as a teenager he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Art graduated from Stoughton High School in 1949 and Brown University in 1953. At Brown on September 18, 1950 he met and immediately fell for Sally Wilcox of Rockland, MA and in June of 2013 they celebrated 60 years of marriage. The family lived in Scituate, MA, where Art served as President of the Planning Board. In 1964, they moved to Chappaqua, NY and then in 1977 to Manhattan where he took full advantage of the arts. Art loved his family and they loved him, he is survived by his wife Sally, his five daughters Gail O'Day (Tom Frank) of Winston-Salem, NC, Wendy O'Day of Greenwood, NC, Linda O'Day Kennedy (Robert Kennedy) of Colonie, NY, Susan O'Day of Pasadena, CA, Brooke O'Day of Decatur, TN and two grandchildren Matthew Kennedy of Oak Island, NC and Amanda Kennedy (Roman Dubiel) of Albany, NY and a great-granddaughter Justice Kennedy, he is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Following graduation from Brown, Art proudly served in the US Army - 51st Signal Battalion in Iuncheon, Korea. Upon his discharge Art joined The Nordblom Company, a well-known Boston commercial real estate company. He then joined Berenson Company and in 1964 was hired to do real estate development for Associated Dry Goods, a job he totally thrived on and excelled at until the company was sold in 1986 to The May Company. Following his work at ADG he joined The Limited and then The O'Connor Company. While living in NYC, Art became Chairman of the Board of Brooklyn based Family Dynamics, which provides vital children's services. In 1989 Art and Sally retired to Jonathan's Landings in Jupiter, FL where they have spent the last 24 years. In 1953 Art took up golf in support of his wife's interests and has continued to enjoy and play all his life, first as a member at Scituate Country Club, then Mt. Kisco Country Club where he served as President and currently in addition to Scituate Country Club, Jonathan's Landing Golf Club, making many golf friends along the way. Art was a huge sports fan, loved his pets, particularly his pal Yogi, enjoyed bridge and The New York Times crossword puzzles. In retirement Art actively volunteered in many organizations including taking on the job of President of Jonathan's Landing Property Owners. He later became President of Jonathan's Landing Cares, which encourages and coordinated volunteer involvement within the Jupiter community. Additionally one of Art's favorite volunteer activities was being a weekly tutor at Jupiter Elementary School. There will be a memorial service for family and friends to celebrate Arts' life at 11:00am on Monday, November 25, 2013 at First Trinitarian Congregational Church of Scituate, 381 County Way, Scituate, Massachusetts 02066. In lieu of flowers donations should be directed to JL Cares or
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Published in The New York Times on Nov. 21, 2013