Glenn Arthur Jr.

The Day - - OBITUARIES -

for the fam­ily in Charleston and many week­end days were spent ex­plor­ing the sights and beaches along the In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way. The boat fol­lowed the sta­tion wagon to wher­ever the Navy or­dered Glenn. From Vir­ginia Beach to the Mis­sis­sippi Gulf Coast to Pachaug Pond in Con­necti­cut, the Arthurs and their ex­tended fam­ily and friends spent count­less hours learn­ing how to wa­ter ski, pic­nick­ing on de­serted beaches or just en­joy­ing a boat ride.

From Charleston, the Arthur clan moved back to Vir­ginia Beach in 1968 where Glenn was as­signed to the COMSUBLANT staff. They moved to the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., area in 1971 for Glenn to at­tend the Sub­ma­rine Prospec­tive Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer School. In 1972 he re­ported to Pascagoula, Miss., as the com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the USS Wil­liam H. Bates, a brand­new, fast at­tack sub­ma­rine. Af­ter the ship was com­mis­sioned, it was as­signed to the sub base in Gro­ton. The Arthurs made what was to be their fi­nal move to Gales Ferry in 1973.

Be­tween 1971 and 1974 Glenn and Dot had four teenage girls in mid­dle school and high school. And they all sur­vived in­tact! Dot sug­gested that the en­tire front yard be paved be­cause there were al­ways so many cars parked at the house. Glenn threat­ened on a weekly ba­sis to in­stall a pay phone in the up­stairs hall­way.

Over the course of his nu­mer­ous Navy as­sign­ments, Glenn was a re­spected and loved guid­ing light to many sailors who served with him. He and Dot pro­vided a home-away-from-home to many young of­fi­cers and their fam­i­lies. Many of these fam­i­lies have main­tained close con­tact with Glenn to this day.

Af­ter his re­tire­ment from the Navy, Glenn be­gan work­ing as a prin­ci­pal an­a­lyst at Son­a­lysts, Inc., in Water­ford, where his Navy com­mand and nu­clear engi­neer­ing ex­pe­ri­ence proved in­valu­able.

Glenn’s life of public ser­vice did not end when he re­tired from the Navy. In 1981, he was elected to the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion in the Town of Led­yard. He also served in the Led­yard Lit­tle League for many years, both as a coach and as a com­mis­sioner.

In 1982, Glenn was trag­i­cally pre­de­ceased by his son, Glenn, who suc­cumbed to a brain aneurysm.

Glenn was elected to the Con­necti­cut House of Representatives, where he served for 10 years, in­clud­ing as the rank­ing mem­ber of the ap­pro­pri­a­tions com­mit­tee. He was a leg­is­la­tor of great hon­esty and in­tegrity and was re­garded with great re­spect by fel­low representatives on both sides of the aisle.

In 1995, he was ap­pointed by Gov­er­nor John Row­land to be one of five com­mis­sion­ers of the Depart­ment of Public Util­ity Con­trol, where his years as rank­ing mem­ber of the Joint En­ergy and Public Util­i­ties Com­mit­tee proved es­pe­cially valu­able. He re­tired from that po­si­tion and from state ser­vice in 2003.

By 1993, Glenn and Dot joy­fully counted 10 grand­chil­dren (nine boys and one poor girl!) Glenn was a dot­ing grand­fa­ther, much to the con­ster­na­tion of his daugh­ters. One of his fa­vorite ac­tiv­i­ties with an in­fant grand­child was lay­ing them on the din­ing room ta­ble in front of him af­ter a fam­ily meal and let­ting them teethe on a strip of black licorice! Of course, he was never the one to clean up the mess, on ei­ther the ta­ble or the baby!

The Arthurs were dev­as­tated by the tragic loss of Dot to brain can­cer in 1996. Glenn was cast adrift, heart­bro­ken by her pass­ing, hav­ing al­ready suf­fered the loss of his el­dest son.

Glenn was re­mar­ried to Barbara Grif­fith in Fair­fax, Va., on Nov. 1, 1997. Barbara was the widow of Rear Ad­mi­ral Dwaine Grif­fith, who was also a sub­mariner. The wed­ding was wel­comed by their many mu­tual friends. Both Glenn and Barbara were still en­dur­ing the heartache of los­ing their best friends, but fate brought them to­gether at a time when they needed each other most, to be­gin a new chap­ter of their lives.

The new Arthur/Grif­fith fam­ily con­sisted of Glenn’s five chil­dren, their spouses, and 10 grand­chil­dren, and Barbara’s three chil­dren, their spouses, and one grand­daugh­ter and one grand­son. Glenn’s 11th grand­son (an­other boy!) ar­rived in 1999. And, on Barbara’s side, two more grand­sons ar­rived in 1999 and an­other grand­daugh­ter, the baby of the whole fam­ily, ar­rived in 2002. As of Aug. 25, 2017, Glenn and Barbara had 16 grand­chil­dren and 11 great-grand­chil­dren.

Glenn and Barbara spent much of their time to­gether trav­el­ing, both for their own plea­sure and to visit their kids and grand­kids, who were scat­tered all over the coun­try. They would of­ten drive out of their way on a trip to visit their own sib­lings, other rel­a­tives, or long­time Navy friends. They were de­voted at­ten­dees at grad­u­a­tions, wed­dings and changes of com­mand. And a birth­day was never com­plete with­out lis­ten­ing to them sing a “Happy Birth­day” duet over the phone.

Glenn re­ceived the great honor of be­ing in­ducted into the Con­necti­cut Veter­ans’ Hall of Fame in 2016.

Glenn was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Ro­tary for many years. He was an ac­tive mem­ber of the United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry since 1982. He was ac­tive in The Navy Sub­ma­rine League and the U.S. Sub­ma­rine Veter­ans.

Glenn is sur­vived by Barbara; his daugh­ters, Michele Pasko (CAPT John Pasko, USN re­tired), As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Mar­cia Pills­bury (her for­mer spouse, CAPT James Pills­bury, USN re­tired), Cyn­thia Cas­tro (Kim Cas­tro), and Dorothy Boland (CAPT Don­ald Boland, USN re­tired); his son, Mark; his step­daugh­ters, Kim­berly de la Vega and Cyn­thia Mag­ner (Peter Mag­ner); his step­son, Dwaine Grif­fith; his grand­chil­dren, Kyle Cas­tro (Amanda Serna), MAJ Joseph Pasko, USAF (Heather Pasko), D.J. Boland (Kelly Boland), Lt. Adam Boland, USN, Dr. Daniel Pasko (Dr. Jo­hanna Pasko), Colby Cas­tro (Jes­sica Chitti), Lt. Brian Boland, USN (Rachel Boland), Kait­lyn Pasko Keefe (LCDR Jake Keefe, USN), Charles Pills­bury, El­liott Pills­bury, Anna Grif­fith, James Pills­bury, Drew de la Vega, Cameron Mag­ner, Matthew Grif­fith, and MacKen­zie Mag­ner; and his great-grand­chil­dren, Joey Boland, Sadie Cas­tro, Natalie Boland, Lucy Cas­tro, El­iza Boland, Isla Pasko, Fin­ley Pasko, Gwen Boland, Ari Cas­tro, An­son Pasko and Thomas Boland. He is also sur­vived by an enor­mous, lov­ing, ex­tended fam­ily of cousins, nieces and neph­ews.

Glenn was pre­de­ceased by his six sib­lings, Jean Arthur Mon­te­cino, Dr. James S. Arthur, Eve­lyn Arthur Cordy, Melvin Arthur, Jack Arthur, and Freda Mae Arthur.

Visi­ta­tion will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 8, 2017, at the Mys­tic Funeral Home, Route 1, Mys­tic. The ser­vices will oc­cur the fol­low­ing day, at 11 a.m. Sept. 9, at The United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry, at 10 Chap­man Lane.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry, 10 Chap­man Lane, Gales Ferry, CT 06335, or the foun­da­tion or char­ity of your choos­ing.

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