ARTHUR J. JOHANNESEN

Posted July 14, 2010, at 7:12 p.m.

BANGOR – Arthur J. Johannesen died July 14, 2010, in Bangor. He and his twin brother, Arnold, were born Jan. 22, 1929, at home in Winthrop, Mass., at 3 pounds each to the late Ole and Petra Johannesen. Arthur graduated from Winthrop High School and later earned a degree at Wentworth Institute. He was well known in the building trades in the Boston area as a master craftsman who always had an eye for perfection. He lived in Needham, Mass., for many years where he and his former wife raised three sons. During this time he became active in Cub Scouts and was pack master for eight years. He attended University Lutheran Church, Cambridge, Mass., later served as property chairman at Needham Unitarian Church for more than 20 years and served as town building inspector when needed. In Maine, he was a member of Kenduskeag Union Church. Arthur had many interests and excelled at sports. He played baseball both in high school and in college. He enjoyed golfing, tennis, hiking, camping and biking. Always very proud of his Norwegian heritage, Arthur was a 35-year member of Sons of Norway and participated in their Ski for Light program for several years as a certified guide for the blind. The highlight of his guiding experience came with a trip to Norway for the Ski for Light Internationals. Arthur was known for his expertise in photography. During his life, he took thousands of photos beginning with home movies and recorded a 10,000-mile, 10-week trip across the U.S. and Canada one summer, a very special memory for his sons. He particularly enjoyed photographing weddings. During his more than three years at Westgate Manor, he was known as the “resident photographer.” He had a great appreciation for the environment and was an active member of AMC, Sierra Club, Audubon Society, Greenpeace and National Arbor Society. Always a gentleman and a gentleperson, Arthur will be remembered for his kindness and quiet sense of humor. Surviving are his wife, Wilma (Jones) Johannesen of Exeter and her two sons; his sons, Arthur Jr. and his wife, Barbara, of Scituate, Mass., Gary and his wife, Debbie, of Warren, Vt., and Craig and his wife, Lisbeth, of Bend, Ore.; eight grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special sister-in-law, Charlotte of Nashua, N.H. Arthur’s family expresses their gratitude to the staff of Westgate Manor for the excellent care they provided. A private family celebration of his life will be held at a later date. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Westgate Manor, Activities Fund, 750 Union St., Bangor, ME 04401 or Bangor Humane Society, 693B Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401.

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