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“You all have my deepest sympathy. So sorry for the loss of Arthur. May the God of all comfort be a source of true strength and comfort for all of you. ”
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“On behalf of the Avon Senior Center, we extend our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences on the loss of Arthur. Our thoughts and prayers are...Read More ยป
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“Thank you for serving our country. May your family find comfort in their faith and may you Rest in Peace. ”
3 of 3 | Posted by: Dr.Timothy Hoffman - Spencer, MA


Arthur Joseph Atwood, Jr. 83, of Avon, was taken home to be with the Lord, Thursday, November 10, 2016. Born in Boston, MA, son of the late Arthur J. and Aline (McComiskey) Atwood, Sr. and was raised in Sturbridge, MA and graduated from the Mary E. Wells High School. He served in the US Air Force Chaplain Corp during the Korean War and proudly served in the Air Force Reserve for the next twenty years. He returned to Sturbridge where he owned and operated the Atwood Paint and Decorating Company and was active in civic affairs, especially the arts, music and drama. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Southbridge and in 1970 he founded the Sturbridge Art Association. He went on to manage the Sturbridge Yankee Workshop in Fiskdale, MA before moving to Avon where he was manager of the Yield House Store. He has lived in Avon for the past 40 years. Arthur embraced every occasion with passion and gusto; as past president of the Avon Senior Citizens; as a justice of the peace; as a manager of New Britain senior food program; and as a driver for his many friends. He would often don his chef's hat and use his prodigious culinary talents to serve friends at the senior center, the Prince Thomas of Savoy Italian Club, private catered events and his own fabulous parties. Arthur's goal was always to make everything a joyful celebration. Music and theatre played a dramatic and important role in his life, whether it was singing with the Italian Club Cantore, performing "O Holy Night" at his annual Christmas gathering or leading "God Bless America" every Monday at the senior center. He was an active and dedicated member of the Simsbury Light Opera. He was especially proud of his leading role in Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" which was a high point of his theatrical career. Graced with a wonderful sense of humor and unbounded creativity, Arthur brought light to his entire circle of friends. He lived his life to fulfill his heartfelt promise to God which was always "to do for others with love." He is survived by his companion and best friend of 40 years Laurie Robinson of Simsbury and her daughter Karin Golden and her husband Tom; her sons Greg and his wife Elizabeth Robinson and Mark and his wife Susan Robinson and their families; he is also survived by his sister Gladys Santelli and her husband John of Sturbridge, MA; niece and Goddaughter Nina and her husband Jac Lassell and nephews, Rev. Mitchell Santelli and his wife Sue, and Dr. Dana Santelli and his wife Jane; seven grandnieces and nephews; and 3 great grandnieces and nephews. His family will receive friends Friday, November 18, 2016, from 3-6 pm at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon. Family and friends may gather Saturday, November 19, 2016, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am, directly at the Church of Saint Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon. A reception will follow Mass. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in St. Ann Cemetery, Fiskdale, MA. Contributions may be made to the Avon Senior Citizens, 635 West Avon Road, Avon, 06001.