OBITUARY

Arnold Gerson

Passed away on November 22, 2021

Arnold “Arnie” Gerson, 83 years. Son of the late Sam and Anne Gerson; Beloved brother of Susan and Ben Margulies and the late Greta and Jerry Gordon; Loving Uncle of Sherryl, Carole, Helene, Brian, Sharon, Jill; also survived by many Great Nieces and Nephews, and Great-Great Nieces and Nephews; and his Dog Jasper. He also leaves his Bournedale Family.

Born in Boston, Arnie graduated Tufts University, where he was captain of the basketball team and All New England in baseball. His graduate work was in education, he obtained an Ed.M. in guidance from Harvard University. Arnie was a teacher and high school counselor for seventeen years. He taught in the Avon School system, transferring to Brookline until his retirement. He then devoted all his time to Camp Bournedale, to begin a new journey. His parents purchased Camp Bournedale in 1939. As a youngster, he was a camper, counselor in training (CIT), counselor, and then director. It has been a labor of love for all these years.

Arnie excelled in baseball and basketball, Major League Scouts including Bill Kearns. The Seattle Mariners head scout kept in touch with him trying to induce him to become professional. However, his love was the camp. He was devoted to mentoring young people to become competitive athletes. Many summers children came to his camp where he taught them the value of friends and lasting relationships. He loved those summers and all those young people he guided.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, November 24th at 11:00 am at Lindwood Memorial Park, 490 North Street, Randolph, MA.

Friends are invited to visit Camp Bournedale on Wednesday, November 24th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm to share fond memories of Arnie.

Memorial donations in Arnie's memory may be made to https://www.acacamps.org/donate/send-a-child-camp-fund

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Memories

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DeAnna Murphy

November 28, 2021

I am so sad to hear of Arnie's passing. The local 8th grade trip to camp Bournedale was the most anticipated field trip for local Plymouth students. I remember waiting anxiously for 8th grade (1994) so I could have the chance to go. What a great memory staying in cabin 13. My mom taught arts and crafts and rocketry for a few years during that time. Recently, my husband and I had the opportunity to have dinner at the outdoor diner. So many memories were created there. RIP.

Colleen Cronin

November 24, 2021

Arnie was a dear friend to my mother Debby. She works for Arnie at Camp Borndale for over 25 years , Arnie spent many holidays with our family over the years and always had a seat of my mother's table, just last year Arnie was nice enough to open the funtion room for one of my daughter's best friend who had just lost her father and they couldn't find any place to have a Celebration of Life gathering during Covid and Arnie was kind enough to open up the the camp even during Covid so that there family could share a celebration of life with friends and family. Arnie was such a kind person and did a lot for many people more than we will ever know I'm sure. Thank you for being such a good friend to my mother, We will all miss your sound advice, Rest in peace Arnie 🙏

Juan Valero Vasseur

November 24, 2021

First time I set foot on American soil was at Camp Bournedale in 1995.
Coming from Spain and barely speaking 4 words of English, I got welcomed by such an endearing person who took us to friendly's for ice cream! That welcoming repeated for the 5 following years.
Rest in peace Arnie.
Juan Valero Vasseur, Madrid, Spain.

Brian Socolow

November 24, 2021

Dear Gerson Family,

From my first day as a camper in 1974, Arnie and Camp Bournedale have been a central part of my life. I have so many fond memories of Arnie, and the lessons he taught me and all campers about the life-long relationships built at camp, the joys of learning about and participating in sports, and being a mensch. Arnie was lucky enough to pursue his calling in life and influenced so many. When my Camp Bournedale career finally ended after 10 summers as a camper and counselor, Arnie was always supportive of my professional endeavors. I am sorry that I am not there with you today to remember and celebrate Arnie, but I will always remember him and Camp, and am deeply appreciative of all that he and Camp did for me. May his memory be a blessing.

Brian Socolow

Paul Turner

November 24, 2021

Arnie

Finally, after many years of trying, I got to enjoy my first experience at Camp Bournedale. Your kindness and generosity has provided so much to so many. I will do my very best to make sure next years camp is filled with love, laughter and wonderful friendships. We will honor your memory and think of you all the way . X

Harlan Sherwin

November 24, 2021

I was so sad to hear about Arnie's passing. He was an important part of my life. It was Arnie who interested me in basketball. I was not a natural athlete, but basketball was the one game I took to. I remember Arnie saying, "Only your fingertips should be dirty after a basketball game ,(from shooting and dribbling). Also, "never give up the baseline on defense," and when you guard someone, look at their belly button."Arnie was a fierce competitor. One time he challenged me to a game of Around the World. I was lucky enough to hit all my shots on the first try, and when his turn came and he missed a shot, there was just silence. It was the only time I bested Arnie at basketball.Arnie, like all of us, was not perfect. During the end of our Sunday morning counselor basketball games, Arnie would dribble down the court, ball in hand, and declare,"Next basket wins," even if his team was losing by several baskets. Like I said, Arnie didn't like to
lose.It seemed everyone knew Arnie. I was at the Marshland Restaurant in Sandwich having breakfast, and was wearing an old Camp Bournedale T shirt. "Do you know Arnie Gerson?" the waitress said. He comes in here all the time, and I wait on him."
Another time I was at the Sandwich movie theater wearing the same shirt, and a man came up to me, and said "You must know Arnie." He was from Camp Clark, the camp we used to play in softball for many years.It was amazing to me to see the camp grow from the days when there was only cold water in the cabins to Arnie building a gym, totally upgrading the waterfront, installing lights on the ballfield and so much more. And then of course Bournedale becoming an off season hot spot for weddings and corporate retreats.When White Cliffs golf course opened, Arnie immediately made arrangements for campers to play there. During one of my reunion visits Arnie took me and Larry Davidson on a tour in his golf cart, proudly pointing out the camp's latest features. Rest in Peace, my friend.I

Todd Brisbois

November 23, 2021

Arnie,

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the Camp Bournedale family. I have nothing but fond memories of the experience and the friends I've met.

You are remembered and missed!

Todd B

Larry Barbash

November 23, 2021

So very sorry to hear about Arnie's passing. I enjoyed working for Arnie as a counsellor in the early 80s and always appreciated the conversations. It was the best when I had the opportunity to send both of my sons to Camp Bournedale as campers. Both my sons Chad and Noah have great memories of camp and Arnie.

RIP Arnie and thank you for all you did for me and my family....

Larry Barbash

Matthew Poirier

November 23, 2021

Arnie, may you rest in peace. Thank you for caring about kids and enjoying their successes. I will always remember how knowledgeable you were about the kids from Scituate who attended Camp Bournedale during their 6th grade year. Ten years later, you still remembered their names and were always asking on how they were doing. You always celebrated their successes. My own kids, Jack and Emma, loved Camp Bournedale and I will always be thankful to have known you. You made me a better person.

Steve Lepler

November 23, 2021

So sorry to hear about Arnie's passing. Great memories of him from Brookline High. Also, as a fellow camp director, we had many pleasant and helpful discussions. Arnie will be missed!

FROM THE FAMILY