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West Hebron-Harold Ensign Arthur Worthington, affectionately known as Art, was born on October 16, 1937, in Bennington, Vermont, and spent his entire life in West Hebron, New York. Art passed away Sunday, November 5, 2023.
He was a graduate of Salem Central School, part of the Class of 1956, where he was a shining star both on the football field and the track.
On June 6, 1959, Art married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Ann Chambers of Salem, New York, and together they raised five children. Art's dedication extended beyond his family, as he served as a Hebron Town Councilman for 12 years, committed 9 years to the Army National Guard, and devoted many years to the West Hebron Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a lifelong member of the White Creek Valley Game Club, where he shared his passion for deer hunting and fur trapping. Art enjoyed coon hunting, ice fishing, and had a special love for duck hunting, with his late uncle Joe (Arthur North).
Art's working life was equally remarkable. He spent four years working for the Town of Hebron before beginning a distinguished 42-year career at Hollingsworth and Vose in Greenwich, NY, where he retired in 1994 as the Assistant Superintendent. Additionally, he worked as a part-time auto mechanic at Wever’s Garage in West Hebron, NY, until the garage closed its doors in 1986.
Art was a man of diverse interests. He relished his time bowling and was a member of a local men's league. His love for reading was well-known, with a particular fondness for history, specifically military history.
He leaves behind his loving spouse of 64 years, Dorothy Ann Chambers Worthington, as well as their five children: Doreen (Michael) Meaney, Jeffrey (Sandra) Worthington, Christopher (Renee) Worthington, Douglas Worthington, and Angela Corbett (Paul Becker). Art's legacy continues through his 8 grandchildren: Shannon Murano, Shane Meaney, Jacob Worthington, Nicholas Worthington, Connor Worthington, Noah Corbett, Greta Worthington, step-grandson Nathaniel Gillis, and 3 great-grandchildren: Delaney, Weston, and Izabella. He is also survived by his sister, Lucinda Skelly.
Art was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Mabel Worthington, his brother-in-law Ray Skelly, and his son-in-law Paul Corbett.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to all the home health aides who provided loving and compassionate care during Art's last years.
Art was also known for his great sense of humor, which brought laughter and joy to the lives of those around him. Whether it was sharing a witty joke or a lighthearted story, he had a way of brightening the room with his humor.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations in memory of Art be made to the Salem Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 360, Salem, NY 12865 or the Green Mountain Pug Rescue, C/O Phil Douglas, 283 Town Line Road, Mendon, VT 05701 where he adopted his beloved companions, Elmer and Sophie.
Services to honor Art's life will be held at the West Hebron United Presbyterian Church, 3153 County Route 30, Salem, NY (West Hebron) on Friday, November 10th. Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon, with the service following directly after. Following the service, all are welcome to join the family for a reception in the fellowship hall.
To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.gariepyfuneralhomes.com
The McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home, Inc. in Salem is assisting the family.
Salem Rescue Squad
P.O. Box 360, Salem NY 12865
Green Mountain Pug Rescue
C/O Phil Douglas, 283 Town Line Road, Mendon VT 05701