Arthur Ernest Fortin, 74, passed away peacefully on February 26th after a decline in health at Sutton Hill Center in North Andover, MA.
Born in Danvers, MA in 1945 to Arthur E Fortin and Bertha W (Innis), Arthur grew up and went to high school in North Andover, MA. As an adult, he built his home and raised his family there, as well.
Arthur, a veteran who served in the Army National Guard, was a hard worker who was employed as a mechanic at Malden Mills/Polartec in Lawrence, MA for 35 years.
Arthur is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sandra (Matulavich), his daughter, Ann Genthner of Londonderry, NH and her two children, Kristina and Anthony, his sons Arthur of Florida, and Mark and his wife Rebecca Domin of Nottingham, NH. Arthur was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
In his spare time, Arthur enjoyed fishing, taking cruises to Bermuda with his wife, and boating. He enjoyed the Star Wars series, a good restaurant, and auto racing.
Arthur was a recipient of a heart transplant in 1997 through Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. He and his family are forever grateful for the precious gift of life that was bestowed upon him and encourages other to consider organ donation.
Arthur and his family would like to offer their sincerest appreciation and gratitude to the amazing staff at Brigham and Women's. The doctors, nurses, and staff went above and beyond to give Arthur such outstanding care. He always spoke highly of the hospital. Additionally, Arthur gives his appreciation to his cardiologist, Dr Anthony Marino, of Methuen, MA with whom he became personal friends and went fishing with.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at Dewhirst and Boles Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen, MA on Monday, March 2nd from 4-7pm with a closing prayer at 6:45pm. A private burial will take place on Tuesday, March 3rd at Ridgewood Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest making a donation to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA.
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