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Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home

199 Woodford Street, Portland, ME

OBITUARY

Arthur E Best

July 26, 1925February 4, 2020
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Portland, ME- Arthur Best, 94, a lifelong resident of Portland, passed away in Scarborough on February 4, 2020. He was born on June 26, 1925 in Portland, ME, a son of William and Freda (Hoyt) Best. Arthur grew up in Portland and attended Portland Schools including Deering High School. He served in the US Army (3rd Army) from 1943 to 1946 during World War II. He landed on the beach in Normandy and was in the Battle of the Bulge where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart Award. He also received a Bronze Star and Silver Star amongst other citations during his time in Europe.

Upon return from the War, Arthur met the love of his life, Alice Bemis. They were married and had a son, Norman. He drove truck for 3 years and was hired by the Portland Fire Department in 1950, he was issued badge 169. Arthur’s duty stations included Engine 11 (Ocean Ave), Ladder 4 (Arbor Street), Engine 9 (Arbor Street then moved to Riverton), and he retired off from Engine 4 (Bramhall Station) in 1974.

Arthur was a lifelong resident of Portland and had lived on Jackson Street, 880 Forest Ave, and Woods at Canco. He was a member of Clarke Memorial Church and a Mason. He enjoyed trailering/camping with Alice for 20 years. Even in retirement, Arthur would attend many Portland Fire Department functions and would stop into several Deering Firehouses for coffee.

He was pre-deceased by his beautiful wife Alice on July 15, 2015; brothers, William H. Best and Roger Best; sisters, Evelyn Ryder and Elizabeth Gray.

Arthur is survived by his son, Norman Best, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Arthur’s family would like to acknowledge the staff at The Woods at Canco in Portland and the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough for their exceptional care.

A Memorial Service with military honors will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at Jones Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland. A reception will follow. Burial will be at 1 pm at Brooklawn Memorial Park in Portland.

Please visit www.jonesrichandbarnes.com to sign Arthur’s online guest book.

  • FAMILY

  • William Best, Father (deceased)
  • Freda (Hoyt) Best, Mother (deceased)
  • Alice (Bemis) Best, Wife (deceased)
  • Norman Best, Son
  • William H. Best, Brother (deceased)
  • Roger Best, Brother (deceased)
  • Evelyn Ryder, Sister (deceased)
  • Elizabeth Gray, Sister (deceased)

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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Owen O'Donnell

February 11, 2020

Didn't wake you up when Susan & I last visited you on January 30th. I regretted that but figured you needed your rest. You obviously did, so now may you rest in peace. I considered it a honor to have known you.

Owen & Susan O'Donnell

Gary Marston

February 8, 2020

My Family moved to Jackson St in 1957 and we lived right across the street from Mr. and Mrs. Best until my parents moved to North Saco, 1978. I Went to school with his son, Norman, until High School, when Norman went to Deering High, and I went to Portland High. I returned from the service in 1974 and would see Mr. Best from time to time and always chit chat for awhile. Norman, I know I haven't seen you for quite a while, but I am Sorry For Your Loss, and Hope you are doing OK. Take care old neighbor.

J.W. Yetzer

February 8, 2020

I did not have the pleasure of knowing this upstanding citizen,
but want his family to know how much this stranger admires
the military, and later the civilian, service that he rendered.

Thank-you, Sir!

Carole Ireland

February 7, 2020

Arthur was a friend of my late Dad's who was also in the Portland Fire Dept. I last saw Arthur quite some time ago when he was at Deering Pavilion. He was a very nice, pleasant man. My condolences to his friends and family.

Jamie Morawiec

February 7, 2020

So thankful to have known Arthur over the years at "the woods". I would sometime bring my son to work, and Arthur would meet him with a hug and a cookie. He was a gentleman, a role model, and a hero in the eyes of many more then my six year old. He'll be greatly missed, but truly remembered.

Angie (Langley) Stone

February 7, 2020

Sending my love and sympathy to the family and friends of Arthur in the loss of a great man. My time with Arthur at The Woods at Canco was brief but I will always remember his pride and his humor. A true stand up guy.

Cecelia Bradley

February 7, 2020

I didn't know Arthur for that long, but I sure enjoyed my visits with him. I listened to many of his stories that he had to share. Your dad was a proud man and proud that he served this great country and then locally with the fire department. I always knew where to find him because he always had his radio on. Rest in peace Arthur,!

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