Arthur V. Larson, Jr, 85

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 9:45pm

Arthur V. Larson, Jr, 85, of Guilford, Conn., passed away on Jan 7, 2019 after battling Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's. He was born to Arthur V., Sr and Elizabeth (Murphy) Larson on Oct. 17, 1933 in New Haven, Conn. He was raised in Stony Creek and Branford, a proud Creeker as he would have called himself.

He was employed by Connecticut Light and Power Company for 35 years until his retirement 30 years ago.

He was a member of the Westbrook Elks Club and involved with the Branford and Guilford Park and Recreation serving on the council. He participated in the men's volleyball league winning a couple of league championships as well as playing softball until he became the men's softball coach. He coached the Country Tavern and Ashley's Ice Cream men's softball teams in Guilford, winning a couple of league championships. He also was involved in the creation of the Guilford Youth Football league in the 1970s.

He is survived by his sons, Arthur “Lootch” (Sandra), and Mark E. Larson. He also cherished his two grandsons, Erik (Nicole) and Jon (Kelly) Larson; along with three great-grandchildren; Savannah, Keegan and Bridget. He also leaves his brother David; and sisters, Ellen Bedard and Ann (Paul) Albini. He leaves behind a couple of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Joan C (Seastrand); and brothers, Robert, and Raymond Larson; as well as sister Carol Richardson.

He loved to share the time on Block Island with his sons, grandsons, great-grandchildren and their families, as well as friends. He also made many friends on the island that he loved so much, and with his wife shared the annual July 4th family gathering. The Larson family would like to extend our gratefulness to the caregivers from LifeTime and Lighthouse Companion Care agencies for their compassionate care and assistance in enabling Art to remain at home. The family is also grateful for Connecticut Hospice Care of Branford for providing comfort during his final days, as well as Dr. H. Levy, his primary care physician for over 60 years for his care and friendship.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his memory to The Mary D. Fund, PO Box 323, Block Island, R.I. 02807.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Block Island Cemetery, Block Island, R.I. 02807