Henry Joseph Arsenault
May 16, 1936 – October 13, 2018
Rumford – Another Joyful Soul has passed, Henry J. “Audie” Arsenault, 82, of Andover, passed away on Saturday October 13, 2018 at Rumford Hospital. He was born in Rumford on May 16, 1936 a son of Augustine F. and Angie Arsenault. Audie enjoyed life and had many friends and adventures. His longtime friend Butch Ferland was one of many. The family is grateful for their friendship. He loved hunting, fishing, especially the Moose hunts with his brothers. Audie’s garden, which he planted an abundance of, was shared with many. He made sure the vegetables were very clean. He loved the clams Di and Kim brought to him many times. Audie was employed in the construction and painting business, and whomever retained his service got their monies worth and then some. He was so physically fit that a few weeks prior to his death he stacked four cord of wood easy peasy. Audie had several nieces and nephews that were lucky to have him, appreciating his comedic ways. Family and friends will miss him. Audie was ready to help anyone in need, so please pay it forward in his memory. Surviving are his sister, Anna D. Kimball and husband Paul of Lewiston; two brothers, Leo P. Arsenault and wife Sue of Mexico, and Jim Arsenault and wife Connie of Mexico; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, and three brothers, Andrew, William and Francis “Cussy” Arsenault. Audie’s wish was to be cremated and buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Andover privately. The family are grateful for the excellent care and compassion from Dr. Lynds and the nursing staff at Rumford Hospital. In lieu of flowers contributions in Audie’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association 122 State Street Augusta, ME 04330.
- In lieu of flowers contributions in Audie’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association 122 State Street Augusta, ME 04330.
Henry Joseph Arsenault
October 17, 2018
Talk about a man full of life and energy. I didn't realize he was 82 because he looked so healthy and got around so easy. Still living on his own, planting and tending a garden, stacking his own wood, driving a motorcycle... Wow! Every time we would drive by his house on our way to work at camp, I'd look over and see if he was home. Sometimes he was sitting out on the front porch and we'd give a toot and he'd wave. In the past couple months, I'd look over and think I'm going to stop in and visit, but his vehicle wasn't there.... he was out cruising. I feel so blessed to have had Uncle Audie a part of my life and my family's life. We all got a "kick" out of him. We loved to deliver warm apple crisp and ice cream to him at the Andover Old Home Days while he sat in his car listening to the live music. He'd always say, "No.... I don't want that." We'd basically drop it in his lap and run off smiling. We were all so thrilled to have him join us at our girls' graduation parties this summer. What a treat! He really enjoyed himself and loved that we had live music at Brooke's party. When he arrived for Jordan's party, I informed him that there wouldn't be live music. The "jokester" turned around like he was going to leave. I know his tapping and whistling drove some people crazy, but I loved it and to this day I can still hear those tunes in my ears, making me smile. As I jot this note, tears are falling from eyes. I am sad that he won't be there anymore to make me smile. I am sorry for my dad, Uncle Jim, and Aunt Diane and all whose hearts are sad. We must remember though that Uncle Audie lived life to the fullest and feel peace with our memories, knowing that he is resting in heaven (or maybe not), probably weeding the garden, stacking the wood, and surely whistling and tapping.
We managed to get a selfie with Uncle Audie at Andover Old Home Days. Not sure who was more tickled to see who? We loved our visits together. I will always remember and love Uncle Audie.
October 16, 2018
Audie is and will be deeply missed. I have enjoyed all the times we have spent together. He was truly a good and Great Brother-in-law, and did let me know that he appreciated me taking care and looking after his Sister Diane. He treated me as a Brother and I am grateful for the time we had together. The laughs we had every time we got together we’re the best.
My Deepest Sympathies to Diane, my Wife. I know and feel your pain because I know how close you and your Brother became...
My Deepest Sympathies also to Audie’s Brothers Leo, and Jim and there families.
I love all of you and am so sorry for your loss. I want you to know I share and feel your pain.