FALMOUTH – Arthur Emile Frederiksen, 85, died April 24 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough after a brief illness.
Frederiksen was born May 13, 1927 in Portland, the fourth son of Oscar and Agnes Fredriksen. He grew up in Portland, attending Saint Dominic’s School. In his youth, family summer outings were spent at Wildwood Park in Cumberland. The family moved to Falmouth in the late 1930s. He graduated from Falmouth High School in 1944 and was inducted into the U.S. Army after graduation, spending 19 months in Kansas and Puerto Rico with the 18th Cavalry Horse and Tank Division. He was also trained as a radio operator.
Frederiksen was employed by Southworth Machine, Pratt Whitney, Brownell Twine, and Grand View Retreat Center. He spent 27 years as a professional photographer in East Haddam, Conn., and continued his interest in photography until the end of his life. At age 54 he obtained his pilot’s license, a long term dream of his. Upon his retirement in 1995, he moved from Connecticut to Falmouth.
He was very active in the Falmouth community, serving on committees including library, conservation, building the new police department and renovation of the fire department, and the Veterans’ Monument. Frederiksen was selected as the Falmouth Citizen of the Year in 2003. He was also a member of the Sons of Norway and a volunteer at Maine Medical Center Radiation Department for three years.
His passion was the American Legion Post No. 164 in Falmouth. He was post commander from 2001 to 2003 and was elected Maine Legionnaire of the Year in 2003. He was post manager for several years, concentrating on post activities and rentals, and was instrumental in setting up the Memorial Day parade for the past 11 years.
Frederiksen is survived by his children, Debra Curran, of Portland, Conn., and Arthur Fredriksen of Middlefield, Conn.; his two grandchildren, Hayley Frederiksen and Kelly Curran.
He is also survived by his nieces, Dorothy and Carol Fredriksen, of Falmouth, Patricia Cucinotti, of North Billerica, Mass., and Nancy MacDonald, of Hooksett, N.H.; and his nephews, Donald Fredriksen, of Falmouth, and Michael Fredriksen, of Plymouth, Mass.
Frederiksen had lived in Falmouth with Donald, Dorothy and Carol Fredriksen, and his family wishes to thank Diane Moore and Arthur Schade for their friendship, and John Reardon for chauffeuring Frederiksen these past few months.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday at Holy Martyrs Catholic Church in Falmouth. Burial was in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Yarmouth, followed by an open house at the American Legion Post No. 164.
The family suggests donations in Frederiksen’s memory to the American Legion Post No. 164, 65 Depot Road, Falmouth, ME 04105.