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Arthur was born on August 15th, 1941. The only child of Italian immigrants in Providence, RI. Margaret and Domenico He was born on the Assumption of Mary. Before he was born, his mother, Margaret, talked about how her son was going to be a priest. He went to St Anthony’s School in Silver Lake, but moved to Johnston, RI. His best friend across the street was Johnny Tutalo, also the son of Italian immigrants. Arthur graduated from Lasalle Academy in 1959. He stated that he went to Bryant College for transportation management but didn’t want to be cooped up. He joined the Air National Guard to serve his country but received a medical honorable discharge.
He met the love of his life, Judi, in 1963. Judo was dating someone else when Art asked her out on a date. They both knew they were perfect for each other, but their stories about marriage were different. Judi’s story was that when Arthur asked her to go steady she said “I don’t go steady with anyone without a ring on my finger.” His story was that she suggested they marry because his mother was such a great cook. They knew each other two months before they were engaged. They married at St. Patrick’s Church in Providence on June 6th, 1964. That night a man called looking for a date with Judi. Arthur had their daughter Lisa in 1968. Arthur continued driving trucks for Consolidated Freight Ways which he would continue for almost forty years, retiring in 2001 with great friends Louie Cal, Joe Mascaro, and his partner in crime, Jack Goddard. Arthur was an avid gambler and poker player. They loved going on gambling junkets to Las Vegas. On a trip to Puerto Rico, him and his friend Joe Antonelli had sword fights in the airport with the swords they bought. It was always a great time. Jude and Art always went to the Dunes Hotel when going to Vegas. Art even went to Super Bowl IX with his friend Rocco the story was that his seats were behind the Vikings line and he was not able to see anything, so he watched it at the bar on the TV.
Jude and Art traveled, and their first cruise in 1979, they had bunk beds. They went to Disney many times with Elaine and Kenny Souza and their 3 girls. There were so many funny stories. In 1989, Judi, Arthur, Lisa, and Judi’s Ma, Mae, went to Italy. They went with Judi’s cousin Bobby and Terry to Hawaii and went on an Alaskan cruise . Their really love happened when their granddaughter Diana was born in 1999. She was the apple of Arthur’s eye, and he was so proud of her. Sadly, in 2004, he lost the love of his life. Arthur continued enjoying playing poker and going to the casino, as well as golfing. Diana thought he worked at the golf course and poker was his part time job. One of the highlights was a trip last June with his daughter Lisa, son-in-law Kevin, and granddaughter Diana to Italy. The highlight of the trip was going to Pietravariano, his father’s village as well as seeing the house his father was born in. Arthur shopped for food like a women shopped for clothes.
He was so proud of Diana in everything she did; softball, basketball, and track and field. He was so proud of her at Bay View and Gettysburg College in all she did. He went to parents weekend last October.
Arthur said that we would be okay because we have everything we need. But we don’t have Arthur.
Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Rhode Island
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