BRENTWOOD - Stephen J. Arkell, 48, of 6 Gove Road, Brentwood, died suddenly on May 12, 2014, of fatal gunshot wounds while on duty as a Brentwood police officer.He was born in Stamford, Conn., on Nov. 18, 1965, the son of Marion and Tom Arkell. He and his family moved to Brentwood in 1971. Steve attended Swasey School in Brentwood and Exeter Junior High and Senior High School. After earning a bachelor's degree from University of New Hampshire in 1988, he embarked on a career as a builder. Steve was a well-respected coach in soccer, lacrosse, and baseball for his two daughters and many other local youths. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, boater and general outdoorsman.Steve began his police career in 1999 with the Brentwood Police Department and was also the animal control officer for his hometown. He was a dedicated husband, father and tireless community volunteer.Steve is survived by his wife of 21 years, Heather (Piper) Arkell; daughters, Kimberly and Lauren; parents, Marion and Tom Arkell of Brentwood; brother, Jeff and wife Robin of Brentwood; brother David of Dover, as well as many nieces and nephews.
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SERVICES: A public safety walk thru will be held on Tuesday, May 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Exeter High School. A public memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at Exeter High School William Ball Stadium. Public calling hours will be held on Thursday May 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Stockbridge Funeral Home, 141 Epping Road, Exeter.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brentwood Police Association in memory of Officer Steve Arkell.Visit www.stockbridgefh.com for more details.
Stockbridge Funeral Home - Exeter
141 Epping Road
Exeter, NH 03833
Published in Union Leader on May 16, 2014