Arthur D. Boutillier, Jr., age 89, of Meriden, passed away peacefully at Masonic Hospice on July 3, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Malden, MA on September 24, 1927 to the late Arthur and Ursula Snow Boutillier. He served in the US Navy during WWII and retired from CL&P after 37 years. Arthur was very active in the Meriden community, having served in the Somer Club, Civitan, ARENU, United Way, YMCA, and AARP just to name a few. He also served as an alderman for the City of Meriden. Arthur was an avid sailor who loved sailing his boat in Branford and enjoyed vacationing in Booth Bay Harbor, ME. Arthur is survived by his children, Diane Cooper and her husband David of SC, Patrice Boutillier-Smith and her husband Robert of FL, Richard Boutillier and his wife Donna of Berlin, and Jocelyn Knox of CO. He also leaves five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Helena Jourdan Boutillier; his sister, Joyce Bradley; and his brother, Robert Boutillier. A special thank-you to Diane Gagnon for her kindness, friendship and support. A private funeral service was held on July 6th at BEECHER & BENNETT-FLATOW FUNERAL HOME, 48 Cook Ave, Meriden followed by a burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery with Military Honors.

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  1. Arthur was my uncle, and I could never wish for a better one. Both he and his wife Helena were so wonderful to me, even in the late 1960s and early 1970s when I was at different times a weirdo hippie, vegetarian, or punk rocker. They were .typical suburbanites. back then but so wonderfully open-minded and accepting of outsider ideas. They were very special people to me. Arthur often told me how he and my father were dating .the Jourdan sisters. (my mother Frances and her sister Helena) around the same time in Branford, CT in the late 1940s and remembered taking the trolley together to see them on double dates. Arthur had a wonderful interest and intellectual curiousity in many things, it was always interesting to have a conversation about so many different things. For instance, he was a handyman around the house and liked to show me his different construction projects. He was the first person I knew to buy a home video-game system in the 1970s. I send my sincere condolences to all of his wonderful children, my cousins Diane, Patti, Richard and Jocelyn. All of the Holmstroms miss you all and hope we can see each other sometime. I miss him very much and wish his family the very best. Yours truly, -John

  2. Dear Diane, Pat, Richard and Lyn, Please accept my deepest condolences for the passing of your Dad. I have always held deep affection for Uncle Art and thoroughly enjoyed his company throughout the years. His humor and generosity will be greatly missed. Most sincerely, Anne Shumate

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