Alfred W. “Fred” Arsenault
RUMFORD -- Alfred W. “Fred” Arsenault, 75, died on July 31, 2011 at his residence at the Muskie Building on Congress Street, with his loving family by his side.
He was born in Rumford on June 30, 1936, the son of George and Irene (Langevin) Arsenault. He graduated from Belmont High School in Belmont, NH.
Fred worked for Boise Cascade for many years as a pipefitter and on the rewinders. He was a communicant of The Parish of the Holy Savior, St. Athanasius–St. John Church.
The older townspeople will remember Fred for his musical and singing abilities. He was proficient in the guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and the harmonica, but he favored old country music. He enjoyed fishing and cribbage and was hard to beat at the latter and won numerous tournaments in his healthier days.
Fred’s siblings are especially thankful that he assumed financial responsibility for the family at the tender age of 18, after the death of our father in 1954. Because of him our mother and his 15 brothers and sisters were able to stay together.
Survivors include his brothers, Richard Arsenault and wife, Elaine of Buxton, Jean Arsenault of Mexico, Francis Arsenault of Rumford and Linwood “Lenny” Arsenault and wife, Joanne of Litchfield; sisters, Corrine Pendergast of Rumford, Jeannette Smith and husband, Peter of Gray, Elizabeth “Babette” Bates Sr. and husband, Robert of Bethel, Patricia Arsenault of Rumford, Collette Aaron of Rumford, Suzanne Whitehouse and husband, Richard of Chesterville, Linda Arsenault of Clairmont, NH, Estelle Harrington and husband, Ralph of Bethel, and Eva “Bunny” Pache of Mexico; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Mae Lothrop and Marie Anastasio.