Colonel Arthur V. Gailius, USA (Ret.) died Sunday, February 16, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his loving wife and daughters. He was 88. Arthur was born in Dorchester on January 19, 1926, a son of the late Joseph Ribokas Gailius and Mary (Kairiukatis) Gailius. He was raised in Dorchester and was a graduate of Boston Latin School. After high school he joined the United States Merchant Marine where he served for the duration of World War II. At the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950 he enlisted in the United States Army and began a distinguished twenty-nine year career, retiring as a colonel. Starting out as a private first class, Arthur was soon promoted to sergeant before he was sent in 1952 to Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, home of the United States Army Field Artillery School. Trained as an artillery officer he earned his commission as a first lieutenant and later during the war became a training officer himself. In 2011 Arthur joined a few-select and elite group of several fellow officers in Fort Sill's Hall of Fame. While not serving with the Army Arthur went to work for the Raytheon Company where he was a cost analyst. He also attended the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance in Boston earning a certificate in the subjects in 1956. When the school re-located to Waltham he returned to earn his bachelor's degree in accounting in 1970, where he graduated Magna-Cum Laude. After his Raytheon career ended he went to work as a cost analyst for the federal government at General Electric's Aircraft Engine plant in Lynn. During the Korean War while Arthur was serving with the Army he met Irene B. Bovat, a fellow officer, serving with the United States Navy at the Chelsea Naval Hospital. The pair were married on August 17, 1958 in Saint Peter's Lithuanian Church in South Boston. In 1961 they moved to Waltham where they have been residents and members of Saint Mary Parish since. In addition to his professional career Arthur was passionate about music. He played the violin, accordion, piano, harmonica and the spoons, loved polka dancing and the waltz and passed on his musical talents to his children. He was an accomplished stamp collector and dealer and in later years enjoyed trips to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut to help the local economy there. Apart from all of that his most profound joy came from the six children who called him 'Grandpa' and in company he became young again. In addition to his wife of fifty-five years, Irene, he leaves his children, Suzanne Alter and her husband, Robert, of Chelmsford, Sandra Gailius-Garman and her husband, Dr. Richard Garman of Natick, Sharon DiCicco and her husband, Stephen, and Sheila and her husband, , all of Waltham; his grandchildren, Rachel and Sarah Garman, Dante and Dominic DiCicco and Hailey and Cole Brennan; his brother, Gilbert Gailius and his wife, Lillian, of Sanibel Island, Florida and several nieces and nephews. Arthur was also a brother of the late Edmund Gailius and Vivian Plevock. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, February 20th, in Saint Mary Church, 133 School Street, Waltham. Burial followed in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham. Memorial donations ma y be made to Saint Mary Church, 133 School Street, Waltham, MA 02451. To offer condolences online, please visit www.joycefuneralhome.com
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Published in Waltham News Tribune from Feb. 27 to Mar. 6, 2014