George Arruda Jr., age 81, passed away on Monday October 11, 2021 after a 2 year battle with ALS. He was the husband of Mary (Kuers) Arruda, and son of the late George and Angela (Baldia) Arruda. George was a Somerset High School graduate class of 1957, and went on to UMass Dartmouth to become a Textile Engineer, and then completed Officers Candidate School at Newport Naval Base. He was a loving husband and father, a Lieutenant in US Navy and a Veteran of the Vietnam War who was stationed at Midway Island. After his military service, he worked at Natick Labs (U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center) as a Textile technologist for almost forty years. He was also a member of the American Legion, who enjoyed playing golf, tennis and was an avid sports fan and loved spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife he is survived by his children: Mark Arruda, Karen Hawver (husband John) Amy Gogtas (husband Hakan), grandchildren: Mason, Matthew, and James Hawver, Aydin and Ayla Gogtas, siblings Carol Ann Thibault, and Stephen Arruda (wife Michelle), sister in laws: Kathleen McPhee (husband James), Agnes Carey, and Eileen Grant. and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the Veteran’s Affairs, Lahey Clinic, and the ALS Foundation for all of their compassionate care and assistance with George over the past couple of years.
Calling hours for George will be held on Friday October 15th from 4-7 P.M. at the Hathaway Home for Funerals 900 Buffinton Street, Somerset. Internment will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his honor to the Brockton Veteran’s Services 156 Elm St., Brockton, MA 02301 or to the ALS Foundation 1300 Wilson Blvd Suite 600 Arlington, VA 22209. To send condolences to the family or to light a candle please visit www.hathawayfuneralhomes.com.
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Brockton Veteran’s Services
156 Elm Street, Brockton MA 02301
ALS Foundation (Virginia)
1300 Wilson Blvd. Suite 600, Arlington VA 22209