TILTON - David A. Arnold Jr., 93, passed away peacefully at the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton on Aug. 4, 2012.
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He was born on March 18, 1919, in Eliot, Maine, the son of Sadie (Cole) Arnold and David Arnold. He grew up in Portsmouth, where he attended Portsmouth High School before enlisting in the Army from 1942 to 1946. While stationed in France during World War II with the 1st Division 16th Infantry, he was injured at Normandy Beach during the Invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. He received a Purple Heart.
David returned to Portsmouth after the war and lived there until 2000, when he relocated to the N.H. Veterans Home in Tilton.
He started working in restaurants as a waiter and then later on at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a maintenance man. He worked there 20 years before retiring.
While living in Portsmouth, David received such happiness through giving of himself to others and he was an inspiration to all that he touched. He enjoyed spending time with friends, playing cards and walking around the shores of the ocean. He fed the birds and squirrels and studied all aspects of nature. He had a warm smile and a kind heart.
He was a member of American Legion Post #41 in Whitefield and VFW Post #1698 in Franklin.
Survivors include two nephews, Steven F. Houle of Westmoreland and Daniel Houle of Hinsdale. Both of his parents died earlier and his sister, Lena Arnold Houle, died in 2002.
SERVICES: Graveside services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16, at South Cemetery, South Street, in Portsmouth at 1 p.m. There will be no visiting hours. The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the N.H. Veterans Home, P.O. Box 229, Tilton 03276. Please visit jvwoodfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest book, send a private condolence, sympathy card or flowers. Arrangements are under the direction of J. Verne Wood Funeral Home-Buckminster Chapel.
Published in Union Leader on Aug. 10, 2012