Arthur H.'s Story

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Arthur Harrison Oliver, Jr., 94, husband of 61 years to the late Mildred Adel (Crossley), formerly of Essex, died peacefully on Sunday in Gloucester surrounded by his family.
Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late Arthur H. and Ethel May (Lothrop) Oliver, Sr. Arthur was raised in Ipswich where he worked in the stables at the Proctor Estate. As a young man he trained race horses with his father as they traveled all over New England and New York during the racing season. At the urging of his mother, he took a job at General Electric in Lynn in 1940. During the years of World War II he served with the US Army Air corps. Following his honorable discharge he returned to G.E. where he soon met his future bride, Mildred Crossley. They were married on January 13, 1952. He continued his employment at G.E., from where he retired in 1984. Arthur and Millie lived and raised their family in the Essex house he purchased in 1940. Throughout the rest of his life he performed any and all the maintenance and repairs on the house and grounds, all the while learning new skills. He single handedly excavated the dirt cellar with a shovel and two buckets while building stone walls to support the house. He then poured a concrete floor by hand in four foot sections, a project that took several years. Arthur and Mille enjoyed entertaining their many “city” friends and relatives in their Essex home on summer weekends during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Generations of cousins, nieces and nephews will remember the “cookouts,” including the tractor rides around the yard. Following Arthur’s retirement, he and Millie traveled extensively, including cruises to Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, and the Caribbean, including the Panama Canal. Their favorite cruises were on the steamboats of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, where they returned many times.
He is survived by three sons, Mark Edward Oliver of Chassell, Mich., David H. Oliver and his husband, Mark Edward Nelson of Essex, Thomas Arthur Oliver and his wife, Sue Joy (Nelson) Oliver of Fort Collins, Colo.; two daughters, Susan June Oliver of Gloucester, Diane Marie (Oliver) Bevins and her husband, Jonathan of Gloucester; ten grandchildren, Kristen (Oliver) Quevedo, Michael Oliver, Mathew Oliver, Gregory Oliver, Nadine Oliver, Jacob Oliver, Sarah Oliver-Munn, Daniel Oliver-Munn, Samuel Bevins and Katherine Bevins; and three great-grandchildren, Marcus and Diego Quevedo and Zayden Munn. Arthur was predeceased by a sister, Virginia (Oliver) Torpey and a son-in-law Murray Munn.
At his request, there will be no services. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. To leave a condolence, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.
Published on  May 17, 2017
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