Arthur J. Gooldrup

OAKLAND – Arthur J. Gooldrup Jr, 82, of Oakland passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 17, 2022 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He was born August 7, 1939 in Waterville, the son of Arthur Sr. and Yvonne Gooldrup.

Arthur Jr. was educated in the China school system. Arthur Jr. married the love of his life in 1957 they remained happily married for 62 delightful years enjoying each other’s company, building up special memories traveling and raising their family along the way.

Arthur Jr. worked many years and was well known for his time at Dead River traveling the state installing pumps before retiring in 1998. “Retirement” is a term used loosely as he was always staying busy and active by working with “Boy”, helping family, friends or on his camper and truck. Arthur Jr. loved his family with all of his heart and protected and cared about every single one of them all fiercely. He was a devoted father and doting husband. He took great pride in his family, especially his grandchildren who adored him and called him “Grampy” and “Bampa”. He always made time for his family and would be there in a moment’s notice to help his children and grandchildren.

Arthur Jr. was social and the ultimate conversationalist, he was well known across the state and beyond, not only for his hardworking reputation but because he was someone who had time for everyone and could quickly make friends even with complete strangers. He enjoyed family gatherings, traveling, camping and going to casino’s with his wife Violet whom he also lovingly referred to as “Mumma”. Arthur Jr. was a true role model for his family and modeled all the values a family man should have. Grampy will be deeply missed by his family and friends, but they have comfort in knowing he has now been reunited with Nana. Although he may be gone from our sight, he will never be gone from our hearts.

He was predeceased by his wife Violet A. Gooldrup; parents Arthur Sr and Yvonne Gooldrup; brothers Pete Gooldrup and Norman Moulton, sisters Connie Matteson, Barbara French, and Christine Butler; special nephew Eddie Clark. He is survived by his brother Jimmy Gooldrup and wife Irene, sister Lillian Belcher and her husband James, sister Mary Champine, and sister-in-law Joyce Gooldrup. He also leaves behind his son Arthur “Boy” Gooldrup, III. and wife Marcy of Oakland, daughter June Vigue and husband Armand of Oakland, daughter Brenda Kenney and partner Seth Foster of Waterville; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Rideout, Stacey Doucette (also Goddaughter), Mandy Kenney, James Kenney, Arthur Gooldrup IV, Cory Gooldrup, and Raelynn Gooldrup; 18 great-grandchildren; as well as special friend Jay Boulette who all loved him wholeheartedly and whom he adored just as much.

At Arthur Jr’s request there will be no funeral service. Arrangements and care will be done through Dan and Scott’s cremation.

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