Obituaries » ARTHUR J. BELAIR SR.
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Maj. Arthur J. Belair, 95, of Whitinsville and formerly of Worcester, died Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Beaumont Nursing Center in Westborough.
His wife of 71 years, Agnes A. (Cloutier) Belair, died in 2013.
He leaves three children, Arthur J. Belair Jr. and his wife Maureen of Brookline, N.H., Donna Marie Belair, and Bruce L. Belair and his wife Cindy, a sister-in-law, Elizabeth M. Green, all of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Arthur and his wife were also foster parents to 35 children for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Worcester.
Arthur was born in Putnam, Conn., son of Joseph Moses and Lucindar (Montpelier) Belair. He lived in Worcester for more than 50 years before moving to Whitinsville 23 years ago.
Arthur was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. After the war, he joined the Massachusetts Army National Guard. He served honorably with the guard for more than 30 years, retiring with the rank of Major on his 60th birthday in 1979.
Arthur was a hard working member of the greatest generation. He always seemed to have two or more different jobs. He worked nearly 50 years at Memorial Hospital. He was head of the hospital Security Dept. where he worked for 25 years. He later became a stationary fireman at the hospital working with the boiler and heating system for almost 25 years, before retiring.
In addition to his work at Memorial Hospital and his service in the National Guard, he always found an additional vocation. For many years, he had a typewriter sales and repair business. He did several other jobs over the years to help support his family, whom he loved and was devoted to.
Arthur was a former member of Immaculate Conception Parish and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6907 in West Boylston.
Calling hours are Monday, May 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be Tuesday, May 5, from the funeral home with a Mass at 11 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 353 Grove St., Worcester. Burial with military honors will be in Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton.