William Walter Arthur, 82, of AdamsPosted: Updated:
William Walter Arthur of Adams, NY, passed away on December 24, 2017 at his home.
Born at St. Luke’s Hospital in Utica, New York on April 15, 1935 to Beatrice (Walter) and Hubert Arthur. He attended West Canada Valley High School and graduated in 1952 and went on to get his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and Health from Cortland in 1956. He went on to complete graduate work for Director Certificate at the State Universities of Potsdam and Oswego. He married Bonnie Buchanan on August 1, 1959 at the Rodman Congregational Church with the Rev. John Wetzell officiating.
He was a United States Air Force veteran. He enlisted April 23, 1957 and was deployed in 1961 with the Air National Guard at Hancock Field in Syracuse, New York where he served as a medic. He was deployed for 12 months serving in aero-medical evacuation flying mainly on C-35’s. He was discharged as a Sgt. First Class and received an honorable discharge in August 1962.
He started his first job in Adams Center in 1956. From there he followed through at Adams Center/Adams and retired from South Jefferson Central School in 1991 to complete at 35 year career. During his teaching years he also coached football (1 year), cross country, boys and girls basketball (35 years), baseball and track and field (35 years). He was affectionately known as “Coach” and believed if you found a job you like you’ll never have to work the rest of your life. In his coaching career he produced the first ever South Jeff championship team in cross country while having numerous runners qualify for sectional and state competition. In track and field he sent 43 athletes to the state meet which included one state champion. All that time he served on just about every Section III Committee with the longest one being 17 years on the track and field committee. His greatest accomplishment was the success of the students he taught and the athletes he coached.
During the summers he worked for the New York State Parks at Cedar Point, Westcott’s and Southwick’s Beach.
The family lived in Adams Center for a while before moving to their home on Church Street in Adams. He is survived by his wife Bonnie of 58 years; children Vicki (Tim) Phillips, Watertown, Robert (Justine) Arthur, LeRoy, Penny (Brian) Clark, Adams, Barbara Arthur (companion Doug) Smithville, Lisa (David) Ferrell, Virginia and Bill (Carin) Arthur, South Carolina. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents and a brother Robert who died in infancy along with several cousins, nieces and nephews.
He enjoyed many activities including golf, bowling, pitching softball (almost 40 years), riding his motorcycle and feeding his birds. He was an avid fan of Syracuse sports and the New York
Yankees. Coach Arthur was a fixture at many local sporting events. Most of all he enjoyed watching and cheering for his own children and grandchildren all of whom he was very proud.
A Celebration of Life Program will be held at the South Jefferson Central High School gym, on Friday, December 29th beginning at 1:00 sharp.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to the Henry Coffeen Scholarship fund at South Jefferson School or the South Jeff Rescue Squad.
Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.
Condolences may be made online at www.reedbenoit.com