The Obit For Art Clune

Arthur B. "Art" Clune

Published in The Hartford Courant on February 15, 2012

Arthur "Art" B. Clune, 81, of Farmington, husband of the late Rose (Silva) Clune, passed away peacefully at home Sunday (February 12, 2012), surrounded by his family.

He was born May 11, 1929 in Springfield, MA, son of the late James T. and Esther (Malmborg) Clune, and lived in Farmington for the last 35+ years.

He was a graduate of Hartford Public High School, class of 1948 where he played baseball and football. He did post-graduate studies at Monson Academy from 1949-1950 where he played varsity baseball and football and was the JV Basketball Captain.

Arthur enlisted in the US Army in 1950 and served until November 1952, having served with the 278th Regt Combat Team APO 81 as a rifleman during the Korean Conflict, where he attained the rank of Private E-2.

Arthur also played professional baseball for the Orlando (FL) Senators in the 1950's. Arthur joined the West Hartford Fire Department in 1959 and was a firefighter for over 20 years, retiring in 1980. He also was a longtime employee of Industrial Safety Supply Co. in West Hartford.

He was predeceased by his sister, Dorothy R. (Clune) Caroon of West Hartford, and two brothers, James T. Clune Jr. of Springfield, MA and Stanley W. Clune of Avon, CT. He was a beloved uncle of three, great-uncle to 15, and was loved by many great-great nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his nephews, Scott Caroon and his wife Jenny of Windsor, Alan Clune and his wife Alice of Locust Grove, VA; and a niece, Jerrilyn C. Weller of Springfield, MA. Also, he is survived by his late wife's niece and nephew, Carolyn and Jeff Ferenc of Windsor Locks, and John and Nancy Addario of E. Hampton. He also leaves behind two sisters-in-law, Jennie Addario of Suffield, and Elda Castellani of Hollywood, FL.

Art was loved by many close friends and neighbors, especially his very close friend of many years, Elaine Marcil of Canton, and his devoted and caring neighbors, David and Marie O'Connor of Unionville. He was passionate about fishing and woodworking, and had a lifelong love of baseball.

Funeral services will be Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 10 a.m. with a procession from the Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, 136 South Main Street, West Hartford followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington.

Burial with military honors will be at Riverside Cemetery immediately following the Mass. Calling hours will be Friday, February 17, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the West Hartford Fire Fighter's Scholarship Fund, in care of the IAFF Local 1241, 2458 Albany Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117.