OBITUARY: Arthur J. Bibeau, Sr., 89

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Arthur J. Bibeau, Sr., age 89, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 8, 2021.

Arthur was born in Cambridge, MA, on March 28, 1932; he was the dear son of the late Robert and Catherine (MacPherson) Bibeau. Arthur was raised and educated in North Cambridge and a graduate of Rindge Tech High School.

Arthur married his “childhood sweetheart” Katherine Marquis on September 28, 1952; the couple shared many wonderful years together with family and friends before Katherine’s untimely passing in 2003. Arthur and Katherine were thrilled to buy their family home in Wilmington in 1966, where they raised five wonderful kids. Arthur was a devoted husband, father and Papa; he was always there to help his family in any way he could and looked forward to the fun family adventures they had. Arthur was a loving and supportive “Papa” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; he attended countless sporting events and cheered them on from the sidelines; he was so proud of his family.

Arthur was inducted into the United States Army on November 3, 1952, during the Korean War. He served overseas with the 36th Infantry Regiment for more than a year before returning Stateside. Arthur was honorably discharged on November 2, 1954, returning home to his family and meeting his oldest child, Arthur Jr. for the first time.

Arthur worked hard to provide for his family; he was employed as an elevator machinist for the Payne Elevator Company for more than 44 years. Arthur’s work ethic, vast knowledge of his field, along with his easy going personality made him quite successful throughout the years. Arthur had a great relationship with many of his co-workers and they remained long-time friends.

Arthur will be fondly remembered for his easy going personality and quiet demeanor. He was friendly to everyone he met and was known as an all around “great guy” and a very proud Veteran. Arthur never missed an opportunity to attend a Veterans Day Service; always wearing his signature Korean War hat. In September of 2017, Arthur received the Ambassador of Peace Medal from the Korean Government for his service during the Korean War at a ceremony that was held in his honor; needless to say his family was so proud of him.

Arthur’s love for family and friends was evident in everything he did; he will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Arthur was the beloved husband of the late Katherine Bibeau, devoted father of Arthur J. Bibeau, Jr. and his wife Rhonda, Karen Kichton and her husband Wayne, and William Bibeau all of Wilmington, James Bibeau of Los Angeles, CA and Gary Bibeau of Wilmington. Loving “Papa” of Alyssa Bibeau, Matthew Bibeau, Laurie Gallucci & her husband Marc, Lisa MacKenzie and her husband Scot, Tommy Southmayd, Shaelyn Bibeau, and great-grandchildren Andrew, Derek, Brett, Lily, Kelci, Bode, Kaleb and Torrie. He was the dear brother of the late Robert Bibeau, Jr. and Shirley Pitingolo. He is further survived by his nieces, nephews and friends.

Due to the current situation with the covid virus the Bibeau family has chosen to have a private service at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Arthur’s memory to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA.

Arthur J. Bibeau

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