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Arthur E Ramsdell
September 03, 1927 - January 18, 2022
Obituary For Arthur E Ramsdell
Arthur E. Ramsdell, formerly of Somerville, passed away on January 18, 2022, at age 94. His death occurred exactly one year after the passing of Connie, his beloved wife of 70 years. In recent years, they were residents of Brooksby Village in Peabody, MA, where many good friends and staff will miss his ever-present sense of humor.
Arthur was born in Boston, one of five children of the late Marion Simonton and Sylvester L. Ramsdell. He graduated from Boston Technical High and then served with distinction in the Army from 1950 to 1952 with extensive combat in the Korean conflict. As a member of the 143rd Field Artillery Battalion he reached the rank of Sergeant First Class, with a Bronze Star and Korean Service Medal. He was a battery section chief, responsible for the efficiency of his field pieces, gun positions and directing of the actual firing of 105mm howitzers. Many members of his unit were Boston-area men in their twenties, all fighting in the Fortieth Division at the Korean front.
Following his military service Arthur worked for the Fitzgerald Hat Company of Boston for most of his career.
He is survived by his nieces, Sandra King of Newport, RI, and Donna Newbower of Acton, MA, and by nephews Paul Ramsdell of Framingham, MA, Robert X Careless of Killeen, TX, and Kenneth FitzGerald of Milton, MA. Nephew Roy D. Ramsdell predeceased Arthur. His siblings, Madeline, Beatrice, Sylvester, and Roy are also predeceased.
Arthur enjoyed traveling the world with Connie, and particularly enjoyed talking about their trip to Alaska as well as a classic Steamboat ride down the length of the Mississippi River. During all their many trips he loved taking photographs and could get a smile from anyone he met. Locally, he and Connie enjoyed using their pop-up camper for stays on Cape Cod, the North Shore and New Hampshire. As an avid movie buff, he could recount plot details and actors’ names of most of the old Hollywood movies. He treasured his extensive VHS collection of those classics.
A private graveside service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett will be held at a later date. The Conway Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home of Peabody assisted the family. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Resident Care Fund, Brooksby Village, 100 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody, MA 01960.