Specialist Brian K. Arsenault
1986 - 2014
BORN
1986
DIED
2014
FUNERAL HOME
Hays Funeral Home
56 Main Street
Northboro, MA
Specialist Brian K. Arsenault, 28

NORTHBOROUGH - Specialist Brian K. Arsenault, 28, Bronze Star recipient, was valiantly killed in action on Sept 4th while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division in Ghazni, Afghanistan. Brian is survived by his loving parents, Daniel W. and Leslie (Sebastian) Arsenault and beloved sister, Lindsey Beth Arsenault, all of Northborough. He also leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family which include a large group of close friends, many since preschool. Brian excelled as an athlete playing varsity hockey all four years at Algonquin Regional High School. He graduated from there in 2004. Brian later earned his Associate's Degree from Quinsigamond Community College. In his youth, Brian loved playing pond hockey with family and friends. He also enjoyed sharing time with his buddies in the Brighton section of Boston. Brian loved exploring and hiking trails/mountains in state parks and spending many quiet hours reading, bird watching and observing nature. He was a member of Gold's Gym in Westborough where he did weight training and cross training. Brian also loved the ocean. He frequently vacationed on Cape Cod and Wells Beach, Maine. His other interests included: his love of music, dance and singing. His contagious smile was shared by everyone.

Specialist Arsenault completed U.S. Army Basic Training and Infantry School at Fort Benning, GA in 2011. He graduated from Airborne School at Ft. Benning and was then assigned to his current unit in 2012. Brian has been awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, National Service Medal, Afghanistan Service Medal and numerous others.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, September 15, 2014 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. in St. Rose of Lima Church, 244 West Main St. Northborough. The funeral Mass of Resurrection will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 10:00 in St. Rose of Lima Church. Burial with full military honors will follow in Howard St. Cemetery, Northborough. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. For the online guestbook or directions, please visit:

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Dear Arsenault family,

I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Brian will never be forgotten.

For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I'm home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I'm only a civilian
And I don't even know if it's allowed.

But I salute you; allow me the honor to salute you with permission let me say. Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part. I salute you.
For those missing in action;for those who didn't make it home.
I know you're in God's presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor to salute you with permission let me say even though I hold no rank know that from my heart my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you.

I Salute You.

Suzanne MacDaniel,A Proud Aunt
SGT. David M.Fisher KIA 12/1/04 Iraq - -
Suzanne
November 2, 2015
Hello,
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Arsenault Family know that we recently made a small donation of our campaign patches to the Algonquin Regional high School Hockey Teams in honor of Brian K. Arsenault US Army Specialist. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Sincerely,
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charlie Gili
December 19, 2014
Dear Arsenault family,

I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Brian will never be forgotten.

For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I'm home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I'm only a civilian
And I don't even know if it's allowed.

But I salute you; allow me the honor to salute you with permission let me say. Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part. I salute you.
For those missing in action;for those who didn't make it home.
I know you're in God's presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor to salute you with permission let me say even though I hold no rank know that from my heart my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you.

I Salute You.

Suzanne MacDaniel,A Proud Aunt
SGT. David M.Fisher KIA 12/1/04 Iraq -
S MacDaniel
November 9, 2014
My name is Davey Leeth. I am a senior at Winfield City High School in Alabama. I am drum major of the band and am aspiring to be a computer engineer after attending the University of Alabama in Huntsville. As Veteran's Day approaches, I wanted to send a letter of thanks and appreciation to your fallen family member, and also yourself. What Brian did for our country is, without a doubt, indescribable. The sacrifice he has made has not only helped protect our freedom as a country, but as individuals. His sacrifice will have a lasting effect on all of us. Also, I want to commend you on the amazing strength you have to continue his legacy and honor him with your lives. May God bless you and your family. You can contact me, if you wish, at [email protected]

-Davey
November 6, 2014
My name is Emily and I am a senior at Winfield City High School. I am so sorry for your loss and I would like to thank you for your service. If you wish to reply, email at [email protected]
November 6, 2014
I am sorry for your loss. Our family will always be grateful to Spec. Brian Arsenault for his sacrifice for our country.
October 12, 2014
I am sorry to read of the loss of Spec. Brian Arsenault and offer my deepest sympathy. Please know our family will always be grateful for his sacrifice for our country.
October 12, 2014
Thank you Brian for your ultimate sacrifice may you R.I.P
Luigi Quintos
October 10, 2014
To the Arsenault Family, Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one and Hero Brian, and my sincerest gratitude for his service for our country. God bless your Spc. Brian K. Arsenault...you will not be forgotten.
S. Kronenwetter
October 2, 2014
Your son served with the son of a friend. From what I have learned he was a special young man and dedicated to his fellow soldiers. I pray that God will grant you peace in the days to come. You and your family will be remembered often.
Mike Wright
September 25, 2014
Dear Arsenault Family, I learned our sons served together in the 82nd at Fort Bragg. May you find some small comfort knowing that many people including soldiers that knew Brian are praying for your family. I hope that through your deep grief you will be comforted by God's grace and the love of family and friends who share your loss of Brian. Ann and Wayne Baker
September 24, 2014
I was honored to have known you in basic training Brian. God's speed and rest in Paradise brother. You and your family will forever be in my thoughts and prayers.
Dustin Starr
September 19, 2014
To the Arsenault Family, I never knew Brian and don't live in Northboro but I wanted to line the street with a flag too. My heart was with you that day and I am so sorry about Brian. I am so grateful for your sacrifice and his. Please know how much you and Brian are loved by those who appreciate your sacrifice.
Heidi Dietrich
September 18, 2014
Words can never fully express how sorry i am to hear about the loss of your son. We thank him for his courage and honor in serving his country. My own son is 82nd airborn in NC and i worry all the time but i know this is the choice he chose and i am proud of all our service men/women. May God watch over your family at this time. Keep the memories close
Sandy Hansen
September 18, 2014
Leslie,Dan & Family,
My thoughts & prayers are with you.. RIP brave hero. <3
Jan Cooley
September 18, 2014
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Gayle and Courtney Kenefick
September 17, 2014
Please accept our sympathy in the loss of your son and brother, Brian. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We cannot even imagine both the pride and sadness that you must be feeling. We thank him for his service to our country.
Sincerely,
Stephanie and Ali Calcagni
September 17, 2014
To the Arsenault Family,
Brian is our hero. He honored and defended our country with his superb service and made the ultimate sacrifice for us left behind. Rest in peace Soldier. You will never be forgotten.

Todd Stacy and Anna Lindblad
September 17, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Madeline Ross
September 17, 2014
Words do seem like enough at this sad time. My deepest sorrow for the loss for of your son and brother and friend. Bless your family and most of all Brian for all that you have given so that others may enjoy freedom. My prayers go out to you at this time.
Lisa
September 17, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss of Brian. I didn't know him or your family, but I thank him for his service and to doing what he believed in. I stood outside the church today and listened to the service from across the street and was very moved to see the support for both your family and for Brian.Share the stories and the memories, be there for each other and know he is watching over you forever.
Debbie Scannell
September 16, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We thank your son for all he has done. Bless you all
Parsneau and Ware family
September 16, 2014
We are so sorry for your devastating loss , wish we had known your son, brother Brian a TRUE HERO. Thank you Brian , rest in peace. God Bless the Arsenault family as you go through this tough time.
Jains
September 16, 2014
Specialist Brian K. Arsenault I am honored to have known you on a personal level. You have touched my life and you will always be in my heart. God Bless may you RIP.
Henry Bouchard
September 16, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Brian, but I have had a family member serve in Iraq, and I can only imagine the terrible void you all feel in losing him. As a licensed grief counselor, I would like to offer my services to a family member in need of a safe place to process grief. Please look me up if I can be of service. Many blessings to all of you.
Rosemary Eads
September 16, 2014
We are so sorry for the loss of Brian. He was a true hero. Thank you Brian for helping to keep us safe. Our deepest condolences to the family. God Bless all of you.

The ahlquist family,
Northborough, Ma.
September 16, 2014
We are so sorry for the loss of Brian. Our deepest condolences. God Bless.

Steve, Colleen, Jason and Justin Ahlquist
Northborough, Ma.
September 16, 2014
To Brian's family,
please accept my heartfelt condolences. I never met Brian however, in my eyes he is a HERO. He sacrificed his life for his country, my country, gave all of himself to defend our freedom that so many take for granted. Please know you are in my prayers. May Jesus fill you with His peace & give you His strength. Your son, your brother, is a true HERO. He is loved, respected and appreciated. Thank you Brian. Rest in peace.
Diana Barresi
September 16, 2014
Dan, Leslie and Lindsay,

God Bless you and Brian and may he "assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom."

From President Lincoln's Bixby Letter, 1864
Douglas Dodge
September 16, 2014
Jimmy and Brenda - my sincere sympathies for the loss of your nephew and to your entire family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. With love and sincere gratitude for his service.
Paula Porter
September 16, 2014
My prayers are with his family and his friends. My prayers are also with his unit that must be feeling the emptiness without their comrade in arms. Rest with God Brian. No words could ever be enough to honor such a sacrifice. A Hero in life and forever in our hearts.
Laura Head
September 16, 2014
Pearl's and my prayers and thoughts are with the Arsenault Family in this time of such a loss. Following the passion to protect the freedom that is so precious to us all can sometimes come with our loss of a wonderful young HERO. Brian was a fine young man whose memory will forever remain in our hearts. And so, we humbly beseech Almighty God to bestow His choicest blessings on the Arsenaults...not only in this time of such overwhelming grief...but always! With love,
Deacon Dick and Pearl Martino
September 16, 2014
Brian honored and defended our country with his service-those he protected send gratitude and love in return. Rest in peace, soldier.
September 15, 2014
Im going to put my 5 year old son to bed and we are going to pray for your family and Brian and tell him how he was defending us. my condolences.
Eric Mathieu
September 15, 2014
Rest in peace brother. Thank you. Airborne All the Way!
Jim Glick
September 15, 2014
I wish the family and friends of Brian peace and prayers. He gave his life for all of us. He is a true veteran and will always be honored forever. God Bless.
Kathy Farley
September 15, 2014
Our deepest condolences to the Arsenault Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was a true American hero. May he rest in peace.
Wagner Family
September 15, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Brian. We are so sorry for your loss. Lost but never forgotten....RIP Warrior.
The Jackson's
September 15, 2014
To the Arsenault Family, I am very sorry for your loss. Thankyou for raising such an honorable son and soldier.
T Connors
September 15, 2014
Thank you Brian.
September 15, 2014
Very sorry to here about Brian my love goes out to you Leslie and Dan and Lindsey. Love Bill & Kris
Kris Waters
September 15, 2014
My condolences to the Arsenault Family. Spc. 4 Brian Arsenault made the Ultimate Sacrifice in a Firer Fight Ghazni, Afgh. Thank You for BRAVERY, GUTS & HONOR to the 82nd Airborne Division 1/504 abn Co C. As a former Paratrooper HHC 1/504 abn 74-78 Gone but not forgoten. " A period is a piece of history, you complete the sentence of age. Tradition, We brace your parting seams And dust you off.
Frank Caron
September 15, 2014
There are no words Dan Leslie and Lindsay. My Heart goes out to you. I pray for you and your family that God can lift your pain.
Michelle Coppolino
September 15, 2014
Our hearts go out to the family.
We can't imagine your sadness and pain.
You must be so proud of Brian.
He is a true hero.
Love, Rachel and Greg
Rachel Leal
September 15, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Laura
September 15, 2014
To the Arsenault Family- Sending sincere sympathy to you on the loss of your dear son Brian. Thank you, Brian, for your service.
Sandini Family
September 15, 2014
Thinking of this family from Jamestown, Thank you.
September 15, 2014
From one Northboro and St Rose family to another...may the good Lord grant you peace and let our love carry you through these difficult days
September 14, 2014
Dear Danny,Leslie,and Lindsey, I just heard of the loss of Brian. I did not know he was serving in the Military.All the awards he procured is amazing ,and you should be so proud. I know that does not make his lose any easier. My heart goes out for you all.God bless you all.
denise sundeen
September 14, 2014
Our hearts are heavy with grief and sorrow for Brian and his family....words could never express. Our profound condolences to the Arsenault family
The Ellsworth Family
September 14, 2014
Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers ([email protected] is an organization with groups throughout the country who work to send handmade prayer shawls and/or lap robes to families who have lost a loved one while serving our country. Members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church of Mechanicsburg, PA would like to extend our sincere sympathy and to honor your loved one's sacrifice and memory by sending our prayers and comfort through a prayer gift which will be mailed to you. If you are interested, please contact me at [email protected] with the names and addresses of those who would like to receive one and which gift they would like to receive. We will send our gift as soon as possible. Also, if you know of any other families who are grieving the loss of a loved on who died while serving our country, please pass along my e-mail address. May God bless you and comfort you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Lynne
Lynne Neibert
September 14, 2014
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Ron & Ed Bedard
September 13, 2014
We are terribly sorry for your loss -our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family.??
Tracee&Josh Giannette
September 13, 2014
The residents of Northboro and all U.S. citizens owe Brian and his family a debt that can only be repaid with prayers and gratitude for his service. God bless Brian and the Arsenault Family.
Kevin Cashman
September 13, 2014
May God take you in his arms. thanks for the ultimate. A Veteran
a veteran
September 13, 2014
To the family, friends, and military unit of Spc. Arsenault, Please, accept my deepest condolences for your loss of Brian. Also, my sincere gratitude for his brave service and ultimate sacrifice to defend freedom and protect our way of life. He is a true American Hero and will not be forgotten. May he rest in Peace and may you have comfort and healing for your loss.
M. Carpenter
September 13, 2014
it is a very sad day to lose another true American hero, so sorry for your loss. thank you Brian for your service to your Country,friends and family.rest in peace soldier.
September 13, 2014
I am so deeply sorry for the devastating loss of your son Brian. I did not know your son but wish I had. Rest in peace Brian and THANK YOU.
A Navy Mom
September 13, 2014
I am so deeply sorry for the devastating loss of your son Brian.
Rest in peace Brian and THANK YOU.
September 13, 2014
Rest in Peace young man, thank you for keeping us all safe, yours is the ultimate sacrifice, prayers sent to your family.
Vanessa beliveau & family
September 13, 2014
Please know your service and the service of ALL our troops is appreciated so that I may enjoy the freedoms I have... God Bless and our condolences to the family
September 13, 2014
Thoughts and prayers to your family on this terrible loss. Thank-you for choosing to serve our country in the US Army. From the mom of Zack who also chose to serve in the Army & is stationed at Schofield Barracks, Wahiawa, Hawaii. (age 19)
Nicole Vautrain
September 13, 2014
RIP & THANK YOU for your ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.(I had a Dad who was a lifer in our Navy) May you forever know that your son will be missed by the Town of Northboro!!
September 13, 2014
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND BRAVERY MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY YOU WILL BEIN MY PRAYERS MAY YOU REST IN PEACE
NICOL ANDERSON
September 13, 2014
Thank you for your service Brian to our country. God bless the Arsenault family. Heaven has another angel.
Dean, Alice, John and Paul
Alice Coty-Brookes
September 13, 2014
Thank you, soldier.
Carolyn
September 13, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss... Thank you for your service......
Jackie Adamitis
September 13, 2014
Mr and Mrs Arsenault--so sorry for this huge loss of Brian. It is temporary and you will see him again and it will seem long to you-but u will be reunited in heavan! A true war hero of our era ! Worcester-
September 13, 2014
God bless your son and your family. Thank you for keeping our country safe~
A Mom ~
September 13, 2014
Please accept my most sincere condolences on the loss of your Son. Brian, God Bless You and thank you for your service and sacrifice, May god bless America
MICHAEL ROBIDOUX
September 13, 2014
Thoughts and prayers to you all. It was an honor to have known Brian. His service to our country will never be forgotten.
Tracy Sasseville
September 13, 2014
To the Arsenault family. Your son is a true hero. May God Bless.
Doug Madaga
September 13, 2014
Thank you for your service, May you rest in peace.
September 13, 2014
Dan,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Victor (Vic & Sons Auto Transport)
September 13, 2014
God Bless all of you at this very difficult time. I do not know your family but wish to express my gratitude for his service to our country and his help in keeping us safe!So very sorry!!
T. Clifton
September 12, 2014
Dan, Leslie and Lindsey, May the wonderful memories of Brian live within your heart. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Pam & Carmine Cardillo
September 12, 2014
From our entire family to yours, please know that you are in our thoughts at this sad time. Brian sounded like a son that any parent would have been so very proud of. Bless you all.
Pam Baldelli Flynn and family.
September 12, 2014
From one parent to another, please accept my most sincere condolences on the loss of Brian. Brian, God Bless You and thank you for your service and sacrifice.
Kristine Sycks
September 12, 2014
My sincere condolences

With my deepest sympathy,
Cary Huisman
September 12, 2014
Thank you for serving our country. You are a true hero. RIP.
September 12, 2014
Dear Leslie, Danny, and Sheryl:

Please accept our deepest sympathy at this mournful time. I remember Brian as a young boy, and feel terribly sad that such a kind person has been lost.
Chuck Chalupka
September 12, 2014
So sorry for your loss. I never met Brian but read this and felt I should send my sympathy. God Bless him and all service personnel who gave thier lives.
Paul Beliveau
September 12, 2014
To the family, may God bless you and guide you thru this unimaginable grief. To this brave young American hero, I am indebted forever with gratitude for your sacrifice. God bless you...
A grateful American Grandmother
September 12, 2014
From one parent to anothe,r From our family to your family we are very sad for your loss he is now our angel watching over all of us. God Bless you and your love ones.

The Vessello Family
Vessello Paving & Excavating
Worcester, Ma
September 12, 2014
I do not know your family or your son, Brian; however I do know the worry of a deployed soldier's family. I hope you can find some comfort in knowing that there are many families who grieve with you and will be forever grateful of the sacrifice your son has made. I wish you peace of mind, heart and soul. Bless your family.
Donna W
September 12, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
WJ Weir & Sons Inc.
September 10, 2014
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