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GEARTY, Arthur W. A kind and humble man of Norwood, formerly of Westwood, passed away peacefully at home on September 14, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of George and Annette (Surrette) Gearty, who, along with eight of his siblings, predeceased him. Arthur was the beloved husband of 60 years of Marcia J. (Feeney); the loving and cherished father of Timothy (Lucy) of Norwood; Julie O'Neill (David Vail) of Milton; Thomas (Leah Forrest) of Medford; and Susan Vail (Richard) of Norwood; and the adored grandfather of William Gearty; Claire and Mary O'Neill; Charlotte Gearty; and Jake and Sarah Vail. Arthur was the dear brother of Joanne Gillis of Norwood and the much loved uncle of many nieces and nephews. Arthur served in the Coast Guard during the Korean Conflict and was a graduate of Boston College and Bridgewater State College. He was a dedicated educator in the Westwood public schools for many years, a life member of the Knights of Columbus, and an avid golfer and bowler. Due to the pandemic, services will be private. The family will honor Arthur with the celebration that his life deserves when it is safe to do so. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Arthur's name to the Circle of Hope Foundation, P.O. Box 421, Norwood, MA 02062. Holden-Dunn-Lawler

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Published in Boston Globe from Sep. 15 to Sep. 17, 2020.
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September 19, 2020
He was a great humanitarian.My condolences to the Gearty family.
Mark Wallace,Islington
September 18, 2020
Mr. Gearty was my 6th grade teacher at the Islington School in 1971. He was the kindest teacher I ever had. My prayers go out to the family at this difficult time.
Laurie Colwell
September 17, 2020
Farewell Jim Indiana, with fond memory of the Colonials days. Best wishes to Marcia and family.z qu9
John OMalley
September 17, 2020
Arthur will be greatly missed by his extended family who
cherished him and comforted him during his demise. Crowds of schoolchildren and their families have fond memories of
this kind, gentle and grateful teacher and school principal.
Rest in peace, Arthur. Along your journey, you touched many people of all ages who will now remember your diligence, patience and smile.

Rest in peace, dear, gentle soul.
Betty Breen
September 16, 2020
Our Uncle Arthur was a kind , gentle man who was loved by many. His love for his family was so wonderful to see and it extended beyond to his siblings and their children also. It was always a joy to hear his laughter and see his eyes sparkle when he told a story. As I said to Julie, another special angel to look out for all of us from heaven. He will truly be missed but will forever be in our hearts. Love to you all!
Eileen, Doug and Tyler Gagnon
Eileen Gagnon
September 16, 2020
Mr. Gearty,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the USCG during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Paratus!
Mike Casey
September 15, 2020
What a gentle man and a gentleman. Uncle Arthur was so good to my mother and so supportive to all of the O’Neils. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences to Aunt Marcia and his wonderful family.

Mark, Andrea, Chris, Lauren and Meghan O’Neil.
Mark O’Neil
September 15, 2020
Marcia and family, Arthur was such a gentleman, Thoughts and prayers with you and yours Harry and Pat Aaron
September 15, 2020
Mr. Gearty was my 6th grade teacher at Pond Plain School (now the Sheehan School). He was, without a doubt, the best grade school teacher I could have possibly had. My condolences to his family - he will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Curt Bigelow
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