Glenn Arthur Jr.
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.