Rev. Cecil MacArthur

 

Rev. Cecil MacArthur

 

Obituary for Rev. Cecil MacArthur

MacARTHUR, REV. CECIL A. - Rev. Cecil A. MacArthur, 91, Dartmouth, passed away at the Dartmouth General Hospital on Thursday, December 20, 2012. Born in Grangeville, New Brunswick on April 1, 1921, he was the son of the late John William \'Will\' and Mary Jane (West) MacArthur. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1941 to 1945, graduating as a navigator in 1944. Upon discharge he enrolled in the first class of the newly opened Maritime Forest Ranger School in Fredericton. Following graduation he was employed as an Assistant Forest Ranger in New Brunswick for several years before becoming a Park Warden at Fundy National Park. In 1964 he entered ministry within the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches and was ordained on October 14, 1968. His pastoral ministry in Nova Scotia included the Boylston, Guysborough, and Queensport United Baptist Churches; the River Hebert, Macaan, Westbrook and Southhampton United Baptist Churches; and the Billtown and Woodville United Baptist Churches. In New Brunswick he served the First North River United Baptist Pastorate. In retirement he served as an interim pastor and supply preacher and was presently Pastor Emeritus at Stevens Road Baptist Church, Dartmouth. He is survived by daughters, Donna Guinta (Rev. Dr. Frank Guinta Jr.), Dartmouth; Dianne LeBlanc, Sonora; son, Rev. Dr. Brian MacArthur (Rossanne), Moncton; nine grandchildren (his \'J's\') Jonathan Guinta, Julia Guinta, Jeffrey MacArthur (Amy), Jennifer Barry (Rob), Julianne Moore (Matt), Janet Smook (Mike), Jessica Ricker (Ben), Jocelyn Hoffman (Ben), Jiselle Mahar (Matt), thirteen great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, Joyce MacArthur and Lois (MacArthur) Benner as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Hazel (Hiscott) in 1978; second wife, Mildred (Konkin) in 2006; son-in-law Thomas LeBlanc (1994); and grandson Jason LeBlanc (1996). Cecil was the youngest of ten, and being the last surviving member of his immediate family, was predeceased by sisters, Maria Ward (Harold) and Alma; and by brothers, Stanley, Benjamin, Nelson, Thomas, Henry, Leonard, and Ernest. Visitation on Saturday, December 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. and Memorial Service followed by a reception on Sunday, December 30 at 2:30 p.m. will both take place in Stevens Road Baptist Church, 2 Stevens Road. Cremation has taken place. A Committal Service will be held at Fair Haven Memorial Gardens, Moncton, N.B. on Monday, December 31, at 11a.m. Reception following. Donations may be made to the Reverend Cecil A. MacArthur Memorial Scholarship at Crandall University, Box 6004, Moncton, NB., E1C 9L7 or a charity of choice. Cecil's family expresses sincere gratitude to all medical personnel involved with his chronic kidney disease journey during the last two years. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.atlanticfuneralhomes.com (Dartmouth Chapel)

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