He was preceded in death by his parents, Darrell and Addie Arbour. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy; sons, James (Sandy) Arbour, Dennis (Carol) Arbour; grandchildren, James III, Josh, Dan, Tom (Megan), and Tim Arbour; sisters, Delores Tomasch and Marilyn Trepanier; brother-in-law, David Gordon; sisters-in-law, Joan Ward and Faith (Bernie) King; nephew, Jack (Delma) Griffin; niece, Jill McNeeley, and other nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give thanks to special caregiver, Karie Hayn and everyone at Summit Villa Nursing Home. Graveside services will be held at Western Reserve National Cemetery. (ADAMS-MASON, 330-535-9186)
For those of you that catch my twitter updates, the original plan of heading south this weekend didn't happen. Megan and I got the call that my ailing grandfather, in failing health for several years, had passed away early Friday morning. We headed up to Munroe Falls on Friday to be with family. We had an excellent visit with my parents, and yesterday, we all had lunch with my uncle and aunt at Azteca, a great little Mexican place in Akron. We then went over to my grandmother's house, and we stayed with her for several hours until departing again for Columbus. I am quite fortunate- I knew all my grandparents well, saw them frequently, and spent 27 years on the planet with all four of them in good health. What did I learn from my Grandpa? Don't be afraid to tell a joke once in a while! He was quite the comedian, always telling me after band concerts and other things that " I was outstanding in my field" and he would always tell me to play one particular song, "far, far away". Those were his jokes, his way of telling us that he really enjoyed what we were doing.