GREENFIELD - James ""Archie"" Archibald, 65, of 218 Log Plain Road, formerly of Athol, died suddenly Friday, March 8, 2013, in Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
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He was born in Gardner on Aug. 19, 1947, the son of Frances A. (Gritts) and Alfred H. Archibald. He graduated from Athol High School in 1965. He lived most of his life in Athol before moving to Greenfield.
Archie served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969 in the Vietnam War and was stationed in Phu Bai.
He was predeceased by both his parents and a dear brother-in-law, Edward F. ""Doc"" Milewski.
He was a longtime worker at the L.S. Starrett Co. before going to Kennametal in Deerfield. He was also a longtime bartender in the area.
He was a member of the undefeated 1962 Athol High School football team. Archie enjoyed spending time in Maine, bowling, and back in the day, softball, as many of you I am sure remember. He was a Yahtzee fanatic, a game that he and Barbara competed in quite often.
He leaves his longtime companion, Barbara Cadran; two daughters, Kala S. Archibald of Athol and Kelly A. Archibald of Orange; a sister, Beverly F. Milewski of Turners Falls; a brother, Richard A. Archibald and his wife Amy of Athol, and his grandson, Camden Mallette of Orange, as well as several nieces and nephews. He leaves the son he always wanted, Cori Amadon, his wife Kristen, and their three kids, Max, Sam and Isabella of Far Hills, NJ. He also leaves a beloved dog, Gracie, who will miss him dearly.]
There will be no calling hours or funeral services at his request.
There will be a party in celebration of his life at his request, to be held at a place to be determined on March 30, 2013 at 1 p.m.
Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is assisting the family with arrangements. You may offer your sympathy online at: www.wittyfuneralhome.com.
Witty's Funeral Home
158 South Main Street
Orange, MA 01364
Published in The Recorder on Mar. 13, 2013