Stonington — William Barker Jerome, 94, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at his home.
He is predeceased by his wife, Betty Hannon Jerome, who died in 2012.
His family will greet relatives and friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl St., historic downtown Mystic.
A complete obituary will be published in a later edition of The Day.
A tribute straight from the hearts of a loving family
Ledyard — After an incredible 85-year journey, Glenn Neal Arthur Jr. passed away at home in Gales Ferry with his loving and beloved wife, Barbara Griffith Arthur, by his side on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. He was born on May 22, 1932, in Washington, Pa., to Glenn and Freda (Chivers) Arthur.
Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Glenn, who went by “Punky” in the halls of Chartiers-Houston Township High School, was a star football, basketball and baseball player. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy on June 3, 1955, and married his childhood sweetheart, Dorothy “Dot” Carroll Arthur, the same day. He enjoyed telling people that he was a bachelor for only two hours!
Glenn spent many happy hours in the Carroll home while growing up. He considered himself a member of the huge, extended Carroll family. Dot’s parents, John and Nora, were truly his second set of parents. Dot’s siblings, Patricia, John “Buddy,” Joan, Jim, Noreen and Bill, were also extremely important to Glenn. They cheered him on when he left for the Naval Academy, and that support continued throughout the rest of his life. He was always especially thankful for their support of Dot and his children when he was away on submarines for extended periods of time.
Glenn’s first Naval assignment took the Arthurs to California, where their first child, daughter Shelley, was born. Not quite a year later, the Arthur family’s second cross-country move brought them to Groton, where Glenn attended the Naval Submarine School, and where their second daughter, Marcy, was born. Upon graduation from Submarine School, Glenn received orders to USS Spikefish at Key West, Fla., where daughter Cindy was to be born. In 1959, while Glenn was on an extended deployment, Dot took the girls home to Pennsylvania, where daughter number four, Dotty, arrived. With four babies in four years, it was easy to decipher when Glenn was home and when he was at sea.
In 1962, son Glenn was born in Portsmouth, Va. Finally, a boy! By this time, the family was living in Virginia Beach, Va. This provided a favorite vacation destination for Pennsylvania relatives. Numerous beach houses would be rented and adults and children alike would have one giant beach party. Uncle Punky was THE KING CRAB chasing all of the kids all over the beach!
The Arthurs moved to Charleston, S.C., in 1967 for Glenn’s tour as executive officer on the USS Sam Rayburn. It was in Charleston that Glenn and Dot’s sixth child, Mark, was born in 1967. Glenn informed Dot that they were halfway through building their family. Dot did not need to respond verbally; her look said it all! He said that he needed at least enough for a baseball team, but Dot insisted he would have to make do with what he had!
As the Arthur kids were growing up, the Sunday afternoon drive was a family tradition when Glenn was not at sea. Everyone would pile into the current station wagon and roam the countryside with Glenn at the wheel. He loved to sing! Some of the kids wished that he wouldn’t sing so loudly (especially if they were sitting next to him in church). He taught the kids all of the songs that he learned while growing up. “You Are My Sunshine” was a favorite.
Glenn also loved being on the water. He bought a boat