Arthur Charles Milot
1932 - 2019
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Milot, Arthur Charles
Arthur Charles Milot, of Jamestown, Rhode Island, was born in Providence on November 7, 1932. He was the son of Aram Milot and Gertrude Milot of Johnston, Rhode Island. He graduated from Moses Brown School in 1951 and Harvard College in 1955, where he was also active in the Naval Reserves. After a stint with the brokerage firm of Kidder Peabody, he entered the family business, the Paragon Worsted Company of Olneyville, where he guided the company through the decline of the New England textile industry. In 1968 he purchased the Brewster Lumber Company, which became a Rhode Island institution and expanded across New England during his tenure. He was a director of Industrial National Bank and its successor Fleet Financial Group for many years. He served on the boards of The Boys Club of Providence, the United Way and the Jamestown Planning Commission.
Following his retirement in 1986, Arthur devoted himself to many philanthropic causes, particularly the Nature Conservancy - Rhode Island, where he was a board member and a tireless fundraiser. A humble and private man, he preferred to work quietly for the many causes he believed in. He was especially fond of the cats he rescued, and was a supporter of Animal Rescue Rhode Island and The Potter League for Animals. Known in Jamestown as "the walking man" he could be seen walking from his home to his office in town most days, picking up litter and chatting with passersby as he went.
He married Martha, his wife of 61 years, in 1957 and together they raised their family in Providence and Jamestown. A lifelong sailor, he cruised with his family along the eastern seaboard, completing two transatlantic passages aboard his lug rigged schooner "Vide Poches" in 1982 and 1983. He was a member of the Cruising Club of America and the Conanicut Yacht Club. He never retired from the sea.
He was an avid reader in French and English, and loved to discuss history, global politics and economics with those who shared his passions. While he had deeply held and well researched convictions, he was a good listener and considerate of others. He and Martha travelled often, and he enjoyed touring the places he read about and visiting with friends in France and elsewhere.
He is survived by his wife Martha, his daughter Dorsey Beard and her husband Bruce Beard, son Charlie and his wife Maria, his grandson Arthur Breton and his cat Artie. Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to The Nature Conservancy - Rhode Island, 159 Waterman Street, Providence RI 02906. Condolences and additional information available at

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Published in The Providence Journal on Jan. 20, 2019.
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January 26, 2019
Many thanks for all the wonderfull souvenirs
Forever in my mind,
Rest In Peace, Arthur!
Hervé Marhic
January 23, 2019
On behalf of the Moses Brown Class of 1951
Francis A Brooks
January 23, 2019
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Francis A Brooks
January 23, 2019
On behalf of the Class of 1951, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies for the loss of Arthur. He was a distinguished member of our class and we all liked him.

Francis A. Brooks, Jr.
President, Class of 1951
Dallas, Texas
January 22, 2019
So sorry to hear about your loss. Your BTF family is thinking about you all. Continue to share your fond memories of Arthur.
Leslie Brow
January 22, 2019
A kind & gentleman. Will miss seeing you & talking about your days at Brown.
Tricia O'Brien
January 22, 2019
I will miss bumping into Arthur while walking at Ft Wetherill. He always made me smile when I saw him as I was walking our dog, Maggie Mae. Kind, gentle, and inclusive. Jamestown and the world has lost an honest, decent, and caring man.
Gloria Dahl
January 20, 2019
I am a native Jamestowner and I will remember Mr. Milo as the kind, "Gentle"man, always walking about Town and having a huge heart for animals. His presence in our little Town will be greatly missed. May he rest easy now.
Catherine Gregory
January 20, 2019
A fine man who will be sorely missed.
John Austin Murphy
January 20, 2019
Arthur was a treamendously talented individual.Great smile. Great way with people

He helped raise millions of dollars for the Nature Conservancy's Rhode Island chapter to preserve several thousand acres of pristine land for future generations to enjoy

Bob Gilbane
Bob Gilbane
January 20, 2019
Charlie and the Milot Family:

Nancy and I offer our most sincere condolences on your Dad's passing. I recently lost my Dad and I know and appreciate the sting of losing a parent.

He clearly led a full life. We hope your pleasant memories of him soften your grief.
Michael and Nancy Voccola and Family
January 19, 2019
Artur will be deeply missed by us.

We have fond memmories of Arthur, his warm smile, laughter and friendly greetings. Over the many years of his walking, he would stop and chat with us. Through all weather conditions Arthur was out walking and our chance encounters with him would be a highlight of that day. Thank you Arthur for the memories.

Bob Dupre/Marian Falla
Robert Dupre
January 19, 2019
Charlie, so very sorry to hear about your dad. From what I read he was an amazing man. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs
Karen Irons
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