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Arthur Baldwin, Jr. 1922 - 2008 WEST STOCKBRIDGE Arthur W. Baldwin, Jr. 86, of West Center Road, died suddenly Wednesday, Dec. 10, at his home. A native and lifelong resident of West Stockbridge, Arthur was born on Aug. 20, 1922, son of Arthur and Edith Allen Lawrence Baldwin. He was a graduate of the former Williams High School in Stockbridge. He then earned a degree in business from Boston University. A veteran of World War II, Arthur enlisted in the Navy on Oct. 6, 1942. He received the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon, American Theatre Ribbon and the World War II Victory Ribbon before being honorably discharged on July 18, 1946. Arthur worked at the family hardware store, A.W. Baldwin & Co, Inc. in West Stockbridge up until last year. Arthur's father passed the business on to his sons Arthur and Lawrence who together operated the store for many years. Arthur then operated the hardware store until 1986 when Arthur sold the business to his son, Henry. He married his wife, the late Jean Ford on June 1, 1947, at the First Congregational Church in Stockbridge. The couple made their home at the family farm on West Center Road in West Stockbridge where they raised their six children. Arthur was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He cherished spending time with his family. He and Jean traveled extensively throughout the United States and the British Isles. Arthur also enjoyed stamp collecting and studying genealogy. An active member of his community, Arthur served on numerous boards in the town of West Stockbridge. He was the treasurer of the West Stockbridge Congregational Church for many years. He leaves his six children, Marjorie Baldwin of Richmond, Linda Coturri, and her husband, Anthony, of Glen Ellen, Calif., Judith Stafford of Great Barrington, Va., Casey and her husband, William, of West Stockbridge, Arthur Baldwin, III and his wife, Kate, of Richmond, and Henry Baldwin and his wife, Lisa, of West Stockbridge. He also leaves 18 grandchildren, John and Alexander Mullen, Niccolo and Gianina Coturri, Duncan and Meredith Stafford, Matthew, Tobias, Seth, Abiah, Elias and Ella Casey, Nigel and Tessa Baldwin and Corey, Riley, Keegan and Robert Baldwin, as well as eight great-grandchildren, Madison Mullen, Eliza Mullen, Eleana Casey, Ashton, Aidan, and Declan Casey, Jeremiah Casey and Jaxon Casey, along with four additional expected great-grandchildren. Arthur also leaves his beloved cat, King, who offered Arthur great companionship and comfort. He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Jean Ford Baldwin, whom he missed deeply following her death on March 17, 2005. He was also predeceased by his two brothers Dana and Lawrence Baldwin. FUNERAL NOTICE: A service celebrating the life of Arthur W. Baldwin, Jr. will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 at eleven o'clock at FINNERTY AND STEVENS FUNERAL HOME in Great Barrington. The family will receive friends on Monday, Dec. 15, 2008 from four until 7 p.m. at Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Berkshire Humane Society or to the Alzheimer's Association, in honor of his wife Jean, through Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Remembrances, memories and reflections may be sent to the family through www.finnertyandstevens.com

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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 12, 2008.
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December 22, 2008
To the Baldwin clan-
I was so sorry to hear about the death of the patriarch of your wonderful and dear family. He was such a quiet, elegant and dignified man. Though it has been many years since I have seen any of you, and don't know most of you, your family has remained so special in my heart. It was my home away from home for so many years-I remember Hennie's butterfly kisses, and Jean's to-do list on the counter, and the dormitory and so many things that won't fit here. Time goes on, not always well, but we heal and continue. You are in my hearts and any of you who remember me may contact me.
With much love, sympathy and remembrance,
Kath (Sloz)
Kathy Slosek(Pitt)
December 16, 2008
Baldwin Family, Sorry to hear about your Dad. I'll miss seeing him at the store. One of my last memories was going to his house with him where he gave me a letter for my Mom, written by her father, which he had saved for many years to give to her someday. I thought that was so cool. He really was a special guy. Rick
Rick Iemolini
December 15, 2008
To the Baldwin Family,
My condolences to the Baldwin family as you celebrate the life of Arthur Baldwin. I will always remember the kindness he showed to my grandmother, Edith Gaston, who worked as the bookkeeper at the hardware store. Even as a youngster, I remember his infectious smile and remember with fondness the special attention he paid to me when we stopped to bring Grandma home at the end of her work day. I remember him as a kind and fair man. Sincerely, Joan Chapman-Bartlett
Joan Chapman-Bartlett
December 15, 2008
To the Baldwin Family,
I am so sorry for your loss of Junie.
I have the fondist memories of him form the time I was old enough to help my father in the Market (about 5) and he would send me to the Hardware store to pick up items. It was a big deal at the time and continued to be a big deal for me to stop by and talk with him throughout the years. Now when I come home for a visit I will miss hoping to run into him at the store for a short chat.
But I love chatting with the next gereration too. I will look forward to that.
Bernie
Bernard Fallon Sr
December 15, 2008
I will miss seeing his smiling face in the post office each morning. Every day was a great day to him and his every response was positive. I always left him smiling and feeling good.

I also appreciated when he invited me to look at plans that he along with my grandfather had to rebuild the hardware store and the market in the same plaza. He was ahead of his time.

He shopped at the Market and got his milk card stamped each time he was in the store. The day before he died, he did some shopping in the store and he redeemed his card for his free gallon of milk. What a great guy. We will miss him.

My thoughts are with all of you Baldwins. Thanks for being there.
Bernie Fallon
December 15, 2008
Judy and family...Our most sincere condolences for your loss. Fond rememberance is the highest tribute that can be paid and will endure forever.
Fredd and Betsy Manning/Merrill
December 14, 2008
Uncle Art and Aunt Jean always welcomed me at the farm. I have been visiting since I was very young and got to spend two summers there. It was wonderful to get to know my cousins and have a home away from home. I miss them both very much!
Engel Ford Goodnight
December 14, 2008
Dear friends,I remember so many acts of kindness that Arthur extended to me throughout all the years Gordon and I were in West Stockbridge. I will always remember him fondly. My thoughts are with you.
Jonathan Rick
December 12, 2008
To all our Baldwin Cousins,

What a Blessing that he went so quickly, and what a Blessing that he was and is a part of me and my son. My mother, Elaine Baldwin, had the fondest memories of Junie as they grew up together in West Stockbridge. I am sorry for his passing, but grateful for his life. His infectious smile and gentle spirit will always be remembered...

Peace be with you all, Melissa & Daniel Ferrara
Melissa Ferrara
December 12, 2008
Had many good times at the Farm
Charles '[Dick] Moffatt
December 12, 2008
My thoughts and prayers go out to Judy and family - I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's death. Hold on to your happy memories and know that he is now at peace. Keeping you in my prayers. Mary Biron
Mary Biron
December 12, 2008
Dear Baldwin Family so sorry to hear of your loss. he was a great man, warm and sincere. he was the anchor in the changing tides of the community.
i will miss his smile with which he was so generous.
joanne thompson
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