Arthur Director
Doolittle Funeral Home
14 Old Church Street
Middletown, CT

Arthur Director, 87, of Boynton Beach, Florida, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016. His last days were spent surrounded by the life, laughter and love of his children and all of his grandchildren. Arthur lived in the Cromwell/Middletown area with his wife of nearly 60 years, Edythe, who predeceased him, until moving to Florida. Arthur founded Connecticut Lighting Centers in Hartford, Connecticut in 1972, serving as President and CEO until 1994 and was then the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Over the past 50 years, Arthur has held numerous presidential leadership positions, serving as the president and CEO of three subsidiaries of Chevron Oil Company/Red Wing Oil Company, president of Greater Middletown Jaycees, B'Nai B'rith Lodge of Middletown, Congregation Adath Israel Synagogue, Middlesex County Oil Dealers Association, Bristol Oil Dealers Association, and the American Lighting Association. Arthur has always been highly involved with his community. He was a member of the Governing Board and Investment Committee for the Northern Middlesex County YMCA, a corporator for both Middlesex Memorial Hospital and Rushford Substance Abuse Centers, a member of the Investment Committee for Congregation Adath Israel Synagogue, a member of the Board of Directors for the Glens West Home Owners Association at Hunters Run in Boynton Beach, Florida and has been a Rotarian since 1959. Arthur has served on the boards of Congregation Adath Israel Synagogue, the American Lighting Association, the Greater Middletown Chamber of Commerce, the Better Business Bureau of Central Connecticut, the Greater Middletown United Way. He served as an elected member of the Board of Finance for the Town of Cromwell for 24 years. He was very involved in the Middletown Little League as the treasurer and assistant manager, as well as the Ahern Whalen Intermediate League where he also served as treasurer. Arthur helped found Connecticut's first chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and for 20 years was the Vice President of the Northern Middlesex County Big Brothers/Big Sisters chapter. Arthur has received several awards: the Herb and Sherry Clark Beacon of Philanthropy Award in 2015, the Big Brother/Big Sister Community Leadership Award in 2008, the Good Scout Award for Community Service in 2005 from the Connecticut River Council Boy Scouts of America, from the American Lighting Association he was inducted into the Lighting Hall of Fame in 2001 and received the 1986 Lighting Person of the Year Award, The Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award from the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, a four time Paul Harris Fellow Award winner from the Middletown Rotary Club and Rotary International, the 1989 Lion of Judah Award from the State of Israel Bonds Committee, Man of the Year in 1963 from the Middletown Jaycees, and from the State of Connecticut Jaycees, he received the Distinguished Service Award in 1963 and the Three Outstanding Young Men Award in 1962. Arthur will be sadly missed by his devoted children, David and his wife Carol of Cromwell, CT, and Judy Guzman of Wynnewood, PA.; five loving grandchildren, Jacob (Julia) Guzman, Rebecca Guzman (Adam Sanders), Todd (Grace) Director, Jenna Director, and Brett Director; and two great-grandchildren, Zara and Lena Guzman. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 pm on Thursday, September 29, at Congregation Adath Israel, Corner of Church and Broad Streets (8 Broad Street), Middletown, Connecticut, followed by interment at Adath Israel Cemetery (714 Pine Street, Middletown, Connecticut). Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthur and Edythe Director Family Funds at Middlesex County Community Foundation, 211 South Main Street, Middletown, Connecticut 06457. Doolittle Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. For additional information and messages of condolence to the family, please visit

Published by Hartford Courant on Sep. 27, 2016.
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Congregation Adath Israel
Corner of Church and Broad Streets (8 Broad Street), Middletown, CT
Adath Israel Cemetery
714 Pine Street, Middletown, CT
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Fond memories of “ ART” as the new year approaches and YOM KIPPER I will remember “ ART” in a prayer
SID Goldwyn
September 21, 2020
David & Family,
I am so sorry to get this late notice of your father's passing. Mr. Director was such a wonderful and generous person and our Middletown community benefited greatly.
May the good Lord be with the family at such a time as this.
John Robinson
November 19, 2016
Judy, David, Carol and the family-

Our deepest sympathies to you on the death of Art. He was a special person - mensch is only the beginning. My memories of him will forever be positive and fond. He was always fun to visit with; and along with your Mom were great friends to my mom and dad. His and my dad's friendship went back to early childhood to a time when the proximity of family and friends gave special meaning to relationships. Cherish the moments, and may the memory of his life be a source of strength for many years to come.
Stu Rutchik
October 11, 2016
Did not know of Art's death. He was a good friend to me and my brother, Art. He has come a long way from Norwich, CT and you should be so proud. I remember him with his black car and the knob on his wheel, his playing the saxophone and delivering packages for his Dad.
Martin M. Rutchik
October 11, 2016
Dear David and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. We were unaware of Arthur's passing. I worked with Arthur for many years on the Cromwell Board of Finance. Needless to say he and your mother were truly wonderful people and shall be dearly missed by all. May God's love surround your family and may your cherished memories sustain you.

Michael and Sandra Gengler
Michael and Sandra Gengler
October 3, 2016
Arthur was our dear friend and a superlative human being. We will cherish the memories we have spending vacations with him and his family. We are comforted by the fact that he is with his beloved Edythe and we will miss him very much. Sending heartfelt prayers to the Director Family at this difficult time.

With Our Sympathy and Love - John and Kathy Ingato
October 3, 2016
To all of the Family,
My deepest condolences to all of you. Arthur will be missed . We had some great get togethers in Florida with both he and Edythe.
Take care David, Carol and Judy and family
ElIssa and Mark Weinberg
Elissa Weinberg
October 3, 2016
David Director and family , Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolence on your sad loss.
I first met Arthur 26 years a go at my first Lighting Show and till his retirement was privileged to meet him every year .
Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

Harry, Janine
Harry Rosenblatt
September 29, 2016
David, Carol, Judy, and all the family. On behalf of all of us at All Waste, please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Arthur was a fine business man, leader, and volunteer. Truly an impacting man in many eyes.

Keith Santos, Hartford CT
September 29, 2016
Dave, Carol & Family- Deepest sympathies for your loss. He was a treasure to the community. Always the selfless volunteer. He will be missed by all of us.

Ken Landy & Teresa Opalacz
Ken Landy
September 29, 2016
Your dad and I go back many many years. He was always a gentleman, a wonderful friend, and a co-conspirator in Rotary for over 50 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your wonderful family. We shall miss him
Connie and Subby Gallo
September 29, 2016
I am so sorry to hear about your lose of your dad. You look very much like him. I am sure he will be sorely missed.
Donna Everett
September 28, 2016
Dear Carol, David, Judy and family,

My deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved Father
and Grandfather, Arthur. I hope my thoughts and prayers can be of some comfort at this difficult time.
I feel privileged to have spent some 60 years sharing many
wonderful times together with Arthur and his beautiful wife,
Edythe. I will miss them both.

Aunt Tami
Tami Director
September 28, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Your Dad and Mom were two of the most beautiful people we had the privilege of calling our friends.
Anthony and Sharon Salvatore
September 28, 2016
Stan and Carolyn Paul (Hobrecht Lighting) have spent many good trips with Edythe and Arthur. We will always remember them with fond memories.
September 27, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you grieve this loss. I am honored to have known Art. He was a wonderful, kind, generous man and we will miss him.
Cheryl Duey & Jim Ingala
Cheryl Duey
September 27, 2016
David, Carol and Family,

Cindy and I are saddened to learn of Art's passing. I have fond memories of Art and Edythe and had the privilege of working with both of them as their banker.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

Alan and Cindy Cicchetti
Alan Cicchetti
September 27, 2016
David, Carol, and family
My deepest condolences on the loss of your father. He was a great man "A Mensch" and will be missed dearly!

Marc Lapidus
September 27, 2016
David and family,

Please accept my heartfelt condolences. In my opinion, your dad was a genuine gentleman. My best always,
Jack Sterry
September 27, 2016
Sidney Goldwyn
September 27, 2016
So sorry for your loss. What a good long life Arthur enjoyed. So many cannot say the same. He was one of those the Bible call especially strong. Ps. 90:10
September 27, 2016
My deepest sympathies to the Director family on the loss of their father, grandfather and great grandfather. Arthur was the most giving person that I had the pleasure of meeting. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will be truly missed.

Darlene DiProto
Darlene DiProto
September 27, 2016
David, Carol, and family
We are very saddened to hear of Arthur's passing. During my duration of working at Connecticut Lighting, Arthur was always a kind, gentle man and a true inspiration to all. He was always concerned for his staff and customers. He was a man of the highest integrity, always doing for others. We were blessed to know him and his kindness to all, will be sorely missed.
Bob and Debbie Goldberg
September 27, 2016
Dear David & Carol
My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your beloved father. He was a inspirational pillar within the community and a true mensch.
David & Nicole Lapidus
September 27, 2016
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