BRUNSWICK — Arthur Edward Sturtevant, 92, died March 13 at his home.
He was born in Bath on June 30, 1919, and graduated from Morse High school in 1938.
Sturtevant was a World War II veteran who was drafted in March 1941. He started as a private and finished his service as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force.
On March 27, 1943, he married his girlfriend, Barbara Bell. Just days later he was shipped overseas for two years, serving in North Africa and Italy.
After the war, he returned to the Hyde Windlass Co. to finish his machinist training to become a guarantee engineer. He had a distinguished 42-year career as a guarantee engineer for Bath Iron Works, including giving expert testimony at the Sea Witch trial. He traveled the world for his work and loved San Fransisco and Seattle.
He was also very involved in the civic life of Bath. At the time of his election to the City Council, he was the youngest person ever to serve. He was a volunteer fireman for many years, Grand Exalted Ruler and lifetime member of the Elks Club, a Patten Free Library trustee and member of the Corporal Works of Mercy at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. In recent years Sturtevant was active in the Disabled American Veterans.
He was known for his generosity; if anyone needed a loan or a helping hand, he would give it. He was also an inveterate reader and born storyteller.
Sturtevart was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Margaret, and his two brothers, Robert II and John. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Barbara; three daughters,Sue of Farmington, Conn., Joanne Anable of Holderness, N.H., and Peggy O’Connor of Belfast; four loving grandchildren, Kate Anable, Brook Anable, Maeve O’Connor and Ned O’Connor; as well as eight nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on March 17 at All Saints Parish, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bath.