Harry Arnold

July 7, 1935January 20, 2014
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Harry P. Arnold, 78, passed away surrounded by loved ones on January 20, 2014 after a long, courageous battle with leukemia. A native of New London, he was born on July 7, 1935, the son of William G. and Grace B. (Platt) Arnold. He graduated in 1953 from the former Chapman Technical High School and studied trombone at the Hartt School of Music. Mr. Arnold performed with the 774th Air Force Band in Fairbanks, Alaska from 1955 until 1958. He then enlisted into the United States Coast Guard Academy Band in New London, CT until his retirement as Senior Chief Musician in 1981. Mr. Arnold distinguished himself as a principal trombonist with the concert band and served as trombonist with the Coast Guard Dance Band and as leader of the Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band. Post retirement from his military career, Mr. Arnold was a trombonist with the Chic Cicchetti Hartford Jazz Orchestra and The Dick Campo Big Band. By far, the gig that brought him the most enjoyment was his nearly 35 year long run with the Freight Train Dixieland Jazz Band at the Griswold Inn in Essex, CT. Mr. Arnold was also employed for over 50 years for Hendel's Inc. He was a long standing member of the Brainard Lodge No. 102 A.F. & A.M. and the Sphinx Temple Shriners. He also was a member of Local 285 Musicians Union. He is survived by his wife, Grace (nee DiMaggio); his daughter, Darlene Young of Norwich, CT; his son, Eric P. Arnold and his wife Beth Arnold of Hebron, CT; his brother, William G. Arnold, Jr., of Lake Worth, FL and aunt Virginia Shook formally of New London, CT. He was the beloved Gamps to his 6 grandchildren, Jessica Taylor (nee Langley) and her husband Andrew Taylor of New York City, Kevin Langley of Norwich, CT, Lauren, Stephen, Ryan and Adam Arnold of Hebron, CT. Calling hours will be held on Friday, January 24th from 5-8pm at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 181 Ocean Ave., New London. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, To sign the online guest book visit


  • Calling Hours Friday, January 24, 2014

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February 22, 2014

I just heard of your fathers passing while talking to my mother tonight in Connecticut. Please pass along my condolences to your mother for me. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Betsy (Bresser) Olsen

Ed Arnold

January 28, 2014

What can you say, a good man gone.

Jerry Brown

January 27, 2014

Sadden to hear of Harry's passing, I played golf with Harry on Wednesday Nights....what a great competitor. I will miss his wit and humor during our round of golf.

Jim Fryer

January 27, 2014

I had SO much fun sitting next to Harry in Chic's band from 1993 to 2005. A great guy and a great musician. "Yeaaaahhh mannnnn!"

June-bug Sylvia-cummings

January 26, 2014

I am so very sorry to hear of busters passing....he was always so kind to me during his visits to harringtons pub. Thankful I knew him and he was a great friend to my dad...a fellow musician...what a great guy.


January 26, 2014

Saddened to hear of Harry's passing, I had the pleasure of "being on the list" at Hendels for quite a few years. Harry was the voice of Hendels. Harry will be dearly missed. Condolences and prayers to Harry's family

David Mechler

January 25, 2014

I was deeply saddened to hear of Harry's passing. I will always have wonderful memories of sitting in with him and the rest of the Freight Train crew at the Gris on many occasions; and of having Harry join us numerous times in the old Bourbon Street Seven jazz band. What a superb musician and entertainer Harry was, and an absolutely delightful fellow to spend time with!

Our sincerest condolences go out to Grace and the rest of the family at this time of loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Dave and Sylvia

Billy Young

January 24, 2014

Grace, Darlene, Eric and family....I will always consider Thursday night at the Gris to be some of the best times of my life. It was always a special night for my parents as well. My thoughts are with all of you. The "Bone " man will always be "schuckin an jiving" forever.

Henry & Noreen St. Hilaire

January 24, 2014

Our deepest sympathy to Grace, Eric and Beth, Darleen and their children, and your entire family: it is evident that Harry was so very valued and much loved by all who were touched by his life. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kelley Kurk

January 24, 2014

Sorry to hear the passing of one great man. When I worked with Harr side by side he always made me laugh. His comments where one of a kind. He was a happy person that matched his personality. Sorry you had to go. God Bless you. My deepest sympathy to all his family.