J. Arthur Boivin
J. Arthur Boivin, 72, of Rumford, passed away on June 8, at the Hospice House, after a short battle with cancer.
Arthur was born on July 20, 1940, in Wilton. He lived in Rumford for all of his life. He was the third child of Me ride and Germaine (Jolin) Boivin.
Arthur graduated from St. John’s Parochial School and Stephens High School, Class of 1959.He married Lyanne (Spaulding) Boivin on Nov. 24, 1962. Arthur dedicated his life to his family and to his community.
In 1998, after 33 years of service, Arthur retired as chief from the Rumford Fire Department. In his retirement, he continued to serve Rumford on the board of selectman, the school board and the historical society.
He invested many hours producing video presentations for family, friends, his church and community. Arthur had numerous Citizen of the Year awards. He loved adventure of all kinds and enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, building, skydiving, flying and water skiing. He was also a member of RAAPA and the Holy Savior Parish Church Choir.
Arthur volunteered during Operation Desert Storm and with the ladies auxiliary of the American Legion during Operation Enduring Freedom 2010-2011 to construct personalized shields honoring local service members deployed overseas.
Arthur is survived by his son, Darren Boivin and wife, Laurie, of Eustis; daughter, Kim Boivin and Richard Patenaude of Peru, son, Gregory Boivin and wife, Katherine, of Colorado Springs, Colo., daughter, Lynn Holmes and husband, Rick, of Las Vegas, Nev., daughter, Elise Boivin and Scott Meadows of Greenwood; sister, Jeannette Neuman and brother-in-law, Dale Neuman, of Boise, Idaho; mother-in-law, Eva Spaulding of Mexico; sister-in-law, Gerry Boivin of Rumford; and brother-in-law, James Parker of Boise, Idaho. Arthur’s grandchildren include Derek Baltrus, Nicole Baltrus, Brittany LaRoche, Danielle Baltrus, Mark Boivin, Cody Boivin, Michelle Holmes, Amanda Boivin, Dawn Boivin, Amy Boivin, Brandon Boivin and Crystal Holmes. Great-grandchildren are Alexis, Wesley, Kendra and Brook.
Arthur was predeceased by his parents; his wife of 43 years, Lyanne (Spaulding) Boivin; a sister, Cecile Parker of Boise, Idaho; his brother, J. Eugene Boivin of Rumford; father-in-law, Stanley Spaulding of Mexico; and sister-in-law, Shirley Porter of Windham.
Arthur was a very devoted husband, a proud father and papa. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the Boivin family by visiting their guest book at www.SGThibaultFuneralHome.com.