Gales Ferry vet­eran, for­mer state Rep. Glenn Arthur Jr. dies

The Day - - REGION - By AMANDA HUTCHIN­SON Day Staff Writer

Gales Ferry — Led­yard Town Council Chair­man Linda Davis cred­ited long­time res­i­dent Glenn Arthur Jr. with her first ex­pe­ri­ence in pol­i­tics in the 1980s when he asked her to serve as pub­lic­ity chair­man for his run for state rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the 42nd District.

She said he wasn't well known in pol­i­tics at the time, and his win over pop­u­lar in­cum­bent Naomi Ot­ter­ness in 1982 was un­par­al­leled.

“He did it by knock­ing on ev­ery door in Led­yard,” Davis said. All he had to do to get res­i­dents' votes was meet them and talk to them, she said.

Arthur died Aug. 26 at the age of 85.

His ca­reer of civil ser­vice, which in­cluded 10 years in the Con­necti­cut Gen­eral Assem­bly and time on the Led­yard Board of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Led­yard youth base­ball league, was an ex­ten­sion of his 22-year Navy ca-

reer. He came to south­east­ern Con­necti­cut twice dur­ing his Navy ten­ure, once to at­tend the Naval Sub­ma­rine School in Gro­ton and again as the com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the USS Wil­liam H. Bates af­ter it was trans­ferred to Gro­ton from Pascagoula, Miss.

He re­tired as a cap­tain, and Ray Wool­rich of Water­ford re­mem­bered him for al­ways be­ing pleas­ant and will­ing to lis­ten.

“He was the most ap­proach­able cap­tain I think I’ve ever met,” he said, re­call­ing his days as a navigator when Arthur was deputy com­man­der of Sub­ma­rine Squadron 10. “You don’t find peo­ple much bet­ter than that, and he was class.”

Arthur was hon­ored for his mil­i­tary ser­vice in 2015 when he was in­ducted into the Con­necti­cut Veter­ans Hall of Fame, es­tab­lished in 2005 to rec­og­nize res­i­dents who con­tin­ued to serve their com­mu­ni­ties af­ter re­tir­ing from the mil­i­tary. Davis and for­mer Led­yard Mayor John Rodolico at­tended the cer­e­mony in Hart­ford.

State Rep. Mike France, R-Led­yard, said he met Arthur upon join­ing the Town Council. He also pre­sented a ci­ta­tion from the Con­necti­cut Gen­eral Assem­bly in recog­ni­tion of Arthur’s nom­i­na­tion to the Veter­ans Hall of Fame.

“I cer­tainly sought out his wis­dom in serv­ing as a state rep,” he said, re­call­ing many valu­able con­ver­sa­tions about serv­ing the same district. “It was an honor to be able to know him.”

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