NORTHAMPTON - Arthur P. Fugere, 95, a former resident of Vernon Street, died at 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, MA, 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, MA, and in 1936 he attended the CMTC (Citizen's Military Training Camp). In 1939, he enrolled in Northampton Commercial College Evening School.
In 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, VA, 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, MA, 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 (2) daughters: Cynthia Fugere of San Francisco, CA, and Alesia Fugere of Belchertown, MA; (2) grandsons: Erik Motyl and Bret Motyl, both of San Francisco, CA. Additionally, he leaves a brother, Lucien Fugere of Paso Robles, CA; cousin, Sr. Harriet Cutting of Concord, NH; (3) nieces: Susan Douglas Carter of Evergreen, CO, Nancy Douglas of Seattle, WA, and PattiAnn Mikas of Readstown, WI, and nephew, Peter Douglas of Hawaii.
Services in celebration of his life and patriotism will be observed on Monday, June 23, at 10:30 a.m. with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh St.
The Rev. Stanley J. Aksamit, pastor, will be the celebrant. Rite of committal and inurnment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, with full military honors with members of the 54th Mass. Army National Guard, assisted by the Hale-Clapp VFW
Post 3295 of South Deerfield, providing a firing detail. 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, MA have been entrusted with the arrangements. Guest book and condolence message available at:www.mccarthyfuneralhomes.com