It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Arthur L. Fenaroli, 89, of Red Hook on February 2nd, 2019 at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY. He was a long-time resident of Dutchess County, a wonderful father, devoted husband, proud veteran, loyal employee, and adventurous traveler. He will be dearly missed by many.
Born on October 21, 1929, in Astoria, NY, he was the son of the late Ettore and Antonietta (Cacchioli) Fenaroli. Arthur married Margherita Tambini on January 10, 1953 at Immaculate Conception Church in Astoria, NY. Margherita predeceased him on February 21, 2007.
He served stateside for the U.S. Army during the Korean War in the Chemical Corps. Lab of Edgewood, Maryland. There he worked on pilot processes for the manufacture of nerve gas, a hazardous job where he got exposed three times. As a proud veteran, each year he dressed in uniform and marched in the Red Hook parade.
In 1951, Arthur graduated from New York University with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He also achieved a master's degree from Syracuse University. His education prepared him for his successful career.
A loyal IBM employee for 32 years, Arthur was a Senior Development Manager in both Kingston & Poughkeepsie. Long before jet travel was common, he took business trips all over the globe. He truly loved his profession and is a proud member of the IBM Quarter Century Club.
Motivated by a burning passion to help his dear wife who suffered severely from mental illness, he founded and was president of Ulster County Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI), which is still in existence today. Arthur always gave generously of his time, offering comfort, support, and a strong shoulder to cry on.
Arthur believed strongly in giving back to his community. He loved Red Hook and small-town living. While raising his boys, he was actively involved in Little League. He served as President and to support the organization, started the fence-advertising program that currently is still in use at Father Carroll Field. Arthur was a long-time member of St. Christopher's church in Red Hook. Since he wanted his children to attend private school, he and his wife donated generously to start St. Christopher's School.
For Arthur, adventure was the zest of life and he embraced it fully. He was a seasoned world traveler, often taking far-away trips with his dearly beloved friend and companion, Maureen DiMarco. Together, they bravely ventured on Antarctica's waters via a Zodiac, safaried in South Africa, and toured Turkey. Arthur also visited most states in the USA, including many national parks, Niagara Falls, and New Mexico. He travelled via many Elderhostels and took numerous bike and ski trips across Europe.
A loving father with strong family values, he will be forever missed. He is survived by his three children, Peter (Jacqueline) Fenaroli of Red Hook, NY, Diane (Joseph Fazio) Hagan of Kings Park, NY, and Christopher (Leslie) Fenaroli of Oakland, CA; his four grandchildren, Gianna Fenaroli, Matthew Fenaroli, Christine Hagan, and Brian Hagan; in addition to extended family, friends, and especially the entire DiMarco clan.
In addition to his wife, Margaret Sussi and Louis Fenaroli, his siblings, predeceased him.
Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 6 to 8 PM.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at St. Joseph's Church, 15 North Ave., Millbrook, NY 12545. Interment will be private.
Memorial donations may be made in Arthur's memory to the Mental Health Association of Ulster County www.mhainulster.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY.