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Spear, Arthur

March 22nd, 2011

Arthur Fogg Spear, Jr., “Buster”, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at his home.

He was born on February 9, 1931, in Hopewell, Virginia. Arthur was the son o f the late Arthur F. And Florence “Netta” Spear and lived in North Quincy until he moved to Wilmington in the summer of 1945.

Arthur graduated from Wilmington High School in 1949, during high school he played varsity football, baseball, and basketball, becoming a star athlete. Arthur was inducted into the Wilmington High School Hall of Fame on January 18, 1992.

He enlisted into the Army Air Force in September of 1949, serving honorably for four years.

Arthur attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, graduating as a Civil Engineer in 1958.

He married his high school sweetheart Margery Ann Bedell on August 4, 1951.

Arthur served on the Wilmington Finance Committee for many years, he was a Wilmington Youth Hockey Coach and Referee, and was the “Grand Marshall” for the 1st Annual Horribles Parade.

Arthur retired in 1990 from TRW Industries in Cambridge.

Arthur is survived by his beloved wife: Margery A. (Bedell) Spear, four daughters: Evelyn L. Haberland and her husband Jay L. Haberland, Leslie A. Plouffe, Elisabeth E. Spear, and Melissa B. Spear, four grandchildren; Cpt. John B. Haberland and his wife Laura, Sarah E. Writer and her husband Evan, Thomas G. Plouffe, Mark E. Haberland, and one great-granddaughter Isobel Ann Haberland. Arthur was the brother of Celia F. Cornish and her husband Robert B., Frank A. Spear and his late wife Shirley F., and the late Florence S. LePore and her husband Peter LePore, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service at the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, April 2nd at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Arthur’s name may be made to the Wilmington Congregational Church.

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  1. Joe and Pat Gilligan says:

    So sorry Margery, he will surely be missed. Our sympathy to you and your family.

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