Arthur was born in Mattapan, on February 12, 1936; he was the cherished son of the late Henry and Anna (Jacobsen) Jensen. Arthur moved with his family to Wilmington when he was just a young boy; this is where he was raised and educated. Arthur attended Wilmington Public School but went on to graduate from Boston Trade School with his degree in culinary arts and baking.
Following graduation, Arthur was drafted into the United States Navy on August 30, 1955 during the beginning of the Vietnam War. Arthur served aboard several Naval Vessels including the U.S.S. Fulton which was a submarine tender. Arthur received several commendations for his fine service and was honorably discharged to the U. S. Naval Reserves on August 28, 1959.
Arthur returned home to his family in Wilmington and started a career in carpentry and roofing. Arthur worked for the Metro Roofing Company for many years where his dedication and work ethic made him a valuable asset with the company. In later years, Arthur worked for the Purity Supreme Supermarket chain before finally retiring.
Arthur was a true Veteran at heart; after his Naval Reserve obligation was finished, Arthur went on to join the Army National Guard, he was the Past Commander of the Tewksbury VFW Post 8164 in 1975-1976, a member of the American Legion, Wilmington VFW Post 136 and the Wilmington Minutemen. Arthur was active with the Wilmington Veterans for many years and never missed a Veterans Day Service on the common even when his health declined and he had to use his scooter to attend. Arthur beamed with pride as the Flag was raised and had a great respect for his fellow Veterans past and present. Arthur was also very active at the Tewksbury Wilmington Lodge of Elks and was a life-time member.
In his spare time, Arthur enjoyed deep sea fishing, NASCAR, playing around with the family dogs Poncho and Matto, and his many trips to Atlantic City and Foxwoods with his family and friends. Arthur also loved to cook and bake and was known for his amazing creations that he prepared for family and friends.
Arthur was the beloved husband of the late Joan C. (Adams) Jensen, the devoted father of Andy Jensen of Wilmington, loving son of the late Henry and Anna Jensen, dear brother of the late Henry and Robert Jensen. Arthur is survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at the Wildwood Cemetery, Wildwood Street, Wilmington, on Friday, February 6th at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Arthur’s memory may be made to the Methuen Animal Care and Adoption Center at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844-2052. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com