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Donald Wallace Arthur
  • May 05, 1929
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  • November 29, 2017

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In Loving Memory of Donald Wallace Arthur

May 5, 1929 – November 29, 2017

Donald  “Don” Wallace Arthur, 88, of Orlando, Florida died peacefully on November 29, 2017.

He was born in Utica, New York, son of the late Tilden & Geraldine (Hart) Arthur.

Don was a WWII Veteran, having proudly served in the U.S. Army.  He was a Military Escort with Army Graves Registration.  When the Army began sending the remains of those previously buried overseas back home to be buried on U.S. soil, Don had the solemn charge of escorting our fallen back to their families.

He first worked out of Schenectady, NY and when that location shut down, he worked out of Brooklyn Army Terminal.  Traveling by train, he escorted the remains of the fallen soldiers home to their families and stayed as long as they requested. In those days, the wake was often held inside the family’s formal living room. He also performed funeral detail, including the folding & presenting of the flag

Don  also served in the Army Reserves, Connecticut National Guard (142nd Medical Company – 1st Battalion, 208th Engineer Group – 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry), and Florida National Guard (2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry – 705th Military Police Company).  During his time in the military, he earned the rank of Staff Sergeant.   He additionally served as the Honor Guard Commander for American Legion Post 19 in Orlando, Florida.

Don spent the majority of his life working in the drug & alcoholism field.  He retired from the State of Connecticut after 20 years of service.  He was the Director of the Compass Club in Hartford, the first state funded halfway house in the United States.  The Compass Club began at the Yale Hope Mission in New Haven before relocating to Hartford.

He additionally worked for Thee Door of Central Florida, where he established an alcohol treatment program in the Orange County Jail, called the T.A.S.C. Program.  (Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime).  Don also worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor with Osceola Mental Health and Orlando Bridge.

Don was a former law enforcement officer with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, having served as Courtroom Deputy for the 9th Judicial Court in the early 1980s.

He worked for the Central Florida Safety Council for 13 years as a DUI Instructor, Driver Improvement Program Director, and DUI Program Director.

After retirement, Don worked for Seniors First with the Meals on Wheels Program as both a Route Driver, and later, Site Supervisor.   As a driver, he did more than just deliver meals.  With his caring and compassionate nature, he always went above and beyond to help the client with anything they needed.

He later worked as a Licensed Security Officer, and was a Certified Security Officer School Instructor.

Don’s accounting background from business school enabled him to restore financial stability when he served as Board President of his condo association.

He enjoyed singing Karaoke, and ballroom dancing.  He loved everything about cars…especially classic cars.  Home improvement projects were another hobby of his.

Don was known for his gift of humor, and his generosity.  His greatest joy was giving to others…especially at Christmas time.  He loved donating bicycles to children in need, and many people remember him for that.

As far as helping others, you couldn’t find anyone with a bigger heart than Don.  It didn’t matter what time of day or night, he would drop everything to help someone in need.  Even if he didn’t know you, he would give you the shirt off his back.

He greatest wish was for everyone he loved to be happy.

Don is survived by his former spouse, June Arthur, his four children Susan (Rich) Parillo, Donna (Gene) Thompson, Linda St. John, and Kim Arthur, his five grandchildren Shawna Salato, Danielle Parillo, Kristine (Stephan) Hartmann, Rob Marino, and Michael Marino, his great granddaughter, Eleanor Hartmann, his brothers, Robert (Patricia) Arthur, and James (Lori) Arthur, many nieces and nephews, and his loving friend, Barbara Humphries.  He was preceded in death by his sisters Connie Ferrara, and Jean Gagliardi.

A Funeral Mass will be held in the Chapel at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park, Florida on Wednesday, December 13th at 11:00am.

Burial with Military Honors will take place at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery on Wednesday, December 13th at 2:45pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Smile Train (SmileTrain.org), or Project Recycle (ProjectRecycle.org), which refurbishes bicycles for children in need.

Don wanted a party when he passed, so a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 16th at the College Park Neighborhood Center from 1pm – 3pm.  The Center is located at 2393 Elizabeth Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32804, behind Princeton Elementary School.

Put on your festive attire, and join us to enjoy food, fun, music, laughter, and share special memories.

Don found his joy in helping others.  In his memory, you are invited to bring a toy to donate to a family in need this holiday season.

 

 

 

 


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  6. Kim Arthur says:
    28 Feb 2018
    3 months....I miss you so much, Dad. But I feel you around me so strongly, so that brings some comfort. Love you so much...

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    Ellie & Great-Grandpa Arthur
    Ellie & Great-Grandpa Arthur

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  17. Linda says:
    25 Dec 2017
    Dad- I brought Christmas card with me to hopefully give you when I arrived in Florida. Sadly, I was still at Denver airport when I got the news of your passing. The card read "Having you for a Dad means lots of special memories...and plenty of reasons to smile! Merry Christmas, Dad. Love You." I will focus on these special memories today. I miss you so much.

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  20. Cathy says:
    24 Dec 2017
    Kim, June, Donna, Susan, Linda-
    As I sit here with tears rolling down my cheeks I am remembering your dad and all the wonderful times he spent with mine. They truly had a wonderful relationship filled with much laughter. They were similar in so many ways always thinking of others and giving of themselves. There was not a selfish bone in their bodies. I will always cherish the trips to Connecticut to visit and the many times your dad stopped in Mohawk to visit with my mom and dad. They were always visits filled with love and laughter. My parents always adored your dad and mom(June). As I always tell everyone when my dad passed I lost my best dance partner and my best friend. I feel you feel the same way. The hurt never goes away you just learn to deal with it but remember all the good times. The memories will get you through this. Don gave so much to everyone. Merry Christmas and know that we now have another angel watching over us all. God bless. Your cousin Cathy.

  21. June Arthur lit a candle:
    19 Dec 2017
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  22. June Arthur says:
    19 Dec 2017
    Since you died, half of me is gone
    I pray God will give me strength and
    peace to carry on
    I loved you for 68 years
    and will love you forevermore.
    Till we meet again........

  23. Shirley Cemoni says:
    14 Dec 2017
    I worked with Don at the Florida Safety Council for approximately 10 years and very much enjoyed knowing him and working with him. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was great fun. He was a great person with a great deal of knowledge. I am quite sure that he his entertaining his fellow angels at this point, but mostly watching over his family with a gleam in his eyes. Rest in peace Don.

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    14 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 14, 2017 at 12:30:24 PM

  25. Kathy Faller says:
    13 Dec 2017
    RIP Uncle Donnie and my deepest condolences for all who loved him.

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  29. Lisa McCrystal says:
    07 Dec 2017
    I had the pleasure to work with Don at Seniors First, when he worked for Meals on Wheels. He was always fun to work with and had a fun sense of humor. He was missed by a lot of us at the Agency when he left. He was an amazing man!

  30. Jim Hart says:
    06 Dec 2017
    RIP fellow warrior. You have had a remarkable life and served our nation and your family proud. As your Angel wings sprout, fly around and meet the Hart’s that have preceded you. God’s blessings for sure. My condolences to your family.

  31. Robert Arthur Ferrara says:
    06 Dec 2017
    Uncle Don my Godfather
    You have given so much to help others in so many ways for your country for your family and for people in need. I will carry you in my heart the day I pass and beyond. To your Daughters if it’s any comfort he is now with his mother and sisters for whom we all miss so much. God bless and love to all Robert Arthur Ferrara

  32. Kim Arthur says:
    06 Dec 2017
    Dad...there are no words to express how broken my heart is right now. You always were, and always will be, my hero. I could not have asked for better parents than you & Mom. I look forward to the day when we meet in Heaven & I can stand on your shoes while you twirl me around the dance floor like you did when I was a little girl. I will always be your little girl. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything. I wouldn't trade one moment of the life that I had with you. You were my teacher and my friend. I love you more than words could ever possibly say. Enjoy your angel wings. You truly earned them.

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