MERIDEN - Arthur P. Dutra, Jr., 71, died peacefully in his sleep Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Flagler Beach, Fla. He was the husband of Salome (Sally Maliszewski) Dutra, his loving wife of 50 years.
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Born on Aug. 6, 1941, he was the son of the late Arthur P. Dutra, Sr., and Mary (Augustine) Dutra. A lifelong resident of Meriden, Arthur was a graduate of St. Stanislaus School and Maloney High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from1960 to 1965. Artie spent most of his working life in the food service industry. He worked 10 years for the First National Supermarket, he owned and operated an Arnold baked goods delivery route, he was a delivery man for Wonder Bread and concluded his working days as a State employee in maintenance at the Whiting Institute. Known as "Duke" to his family and friends, Artie was a very likeable fellow with a keen sense of humor. He loved fishing, fresh or saltwater and was very proficient at it. Artie enjoyed his winter vacations in Florida, staying from January through April. He was a big fan of the UConn women's basketball team and knew all of the team statistics.
Besides his wife Sally, Artie is survived by his three sons, Arthur P. Dutra, III and his wife, Joy (Hyde,) of South Meriden, John Dutra and his wife, Natalie (Foryan,) of Guilford and James Dutra, of Meriden; three sisters, Beverly Miller and her husband, Richard, of Meriden, twins, Joan Krenn, of Burlington, and Jean Lewis and her husband, James, of Old Lyme; five grandchildren, Arthur P. Dutra, IV, Tina Dutra, Robert Dutra, Kayleigh Dutra and Nicholas Dutra; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Robert Krenn.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 3 until 5 p.m. at the Stempien Funeral Home, 450 Broad St., Meriden. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. To send an online expression of sympathy please visit www.stempienfuneralhome.com Donations in memory of Mr. Dutra may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or
Stempien Funeral Home, Inc.
450 Broad Street
Meriden, CT 06450
Published in The Record-Journal on Feb. 22, 2013