James A. Arsenault

James A. Arsenault


Monrovia - James A. Arsenault passed away on February 14, 2013. Jim was born on February 28, 1925 and was raised in Natick, MA, the son of the late Sylvain A. and Mary Jane (McEnteggart) Arsenault. Jim was one of 8 children and is survived by several relatives living on the east coast. Jim's true home was California, particularly Monrovia, where he moved early in his life.

Jim was a true patriot serving in the Infantry in Italy during World War II, and as a policeman and a volunteer fireman in Massachusetts. As an Infantryman, Jim earned a Unit Citation for "Outstanding Performance" and received the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat in 1943. Jim was an active Lifetime Member of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans. Over the years, Jim was a generous and diligent supporter of numerous veterans and police organizations.

As a Corvette enthusiast, Jim proudly collected many trophies and awards for the cars that he exhibited over many years. All of Jim's vehicles were lavished with care and were always in pristine condition.

The great love of Jim's later life was his Shih Tzu, Gidget, who predeceased her dad on February 11, 2011. Jim had a heart of gold, which was most evident when he was in Gidget's company. The two of them went everywhere together, spreading joy and five dollar bills. That Jim and Gidget were inseparable was endearing, and together they enriched the lives of the people they encountered.

As appropriate for a man who loved his country unconditionally, services will be held at Riverside National Cemetery located at 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518 at 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, Staging Area 3. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org

Published in Pasadena Star-News from Mar. 8 to Mar. 10, 2013