Arthur W. Bshara
May 4, 1938 - November 27, 2020
A Graveside Service with military honors will be held at Oakdale Cemetery in Sanford.
Arthur Wilbur Bshara, 82, of Alfred, Maine, completed his time on earth on Friday morning, November 27, 2020 after a strong, courageous battle with cancer. He passed at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.
Arthur was born on May 4, 1938 at the Clough family farm on Mouse Lane in Alfred. He was the oldest son of Annie Elizabeth (Clough) Bshara and her husband John Farris Bshara, Sr.
Arthur attended local schools and was a member of the Sanford High School, Class of 1957. He joined the U.S. Navy before graduation, but successfully completed his GED while serving in the Navy. Arthur was a very proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1955 to 1959. While in the service he played trumpet with the Navy Band. He was incredibly pleased when his son and daughter both chose to serve in the military.
Early in his career he held various positions at local manufacturing companies. While employed at Seamloc Carpet Co. he met the love of his life, his wife Sylvia, who was employed in the office. He also worked at the All Star Bowling Lanes. He was employed for many years at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, retiring as a Logistics Management Specialist.
Arthur was a long-time member of The First Assembly of God Church, later known as Curtis Lake Christian Church. He faithfully attended and supported the church. He became a leader in the Royal Rangers Boys program. He also served on the Church Board. He faithfully shared his faith, right up to the last day of his life on earth.
One of Arthur’s many interests included writing poetry. He became known for the poems he wrote for family and friends and those written for his Lord and Savior, he shared many of them on Facebook. Arthur was a dedicated family man. He faithfully attended countless family gatherings and activities, especially those of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. There were many sports events, concerts, and dance performances. He had a love for boxing and wrestling, he himself did some of both in his younger years. Arthur was a loyal Patriots and Red Sox fan and liked going to the Mainer’s games. He was an avid bowler, winning many trophies. He liked walking, even in cold weather he would walk indoors, at the local Walmart. Arthur enjoyed traveling and took many bus trips with his wife and their friends. He was most often found with his wife right by his side. Among his many interests were going fishing, camping, motorcycle riding, shooting pool, and playing horseshoes. He played card games, board games and bingo. Arthur enjoyed doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles. Eating out with friends and family and meeting his buddies for breakfast at the Hen House became favorite past times. He loved black coffee anytime day or night, hot and lots of it.
His red hair was always a source of pride, long after it had turned white, he would say, “When I look in the mirror, I still see red hair”. It skipped a generation, but to his great delight, two of his grandchildren have red hair. He was a fun-loving guy well-known for his joking and teasing ways, he loved making people laugh.
Arthur leaves in life his faithful, loving, and devoted wife of 50 years, Sylvia (Hussey) Bshara of Alfred; their son Neil Bshara and wife Lori of Sanford; their daughter Jody Bshara Greenleaf and husband Michael of Alfred; Five grandsons: Justin and wife Kelli; Eric and Ryan Bshara; Joshua and Elijah Greenleaf; and one granddaughter Riley Greenleaf. One great-grandson Aiden Bshara; three great-granddaughters: Kailyn, Elise, and Natalie Bshara. He leaves one sister, Barbara Curley and husband Ralph of Sanford, Many in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Arthur also leaves his daughter Norma Bshara Ham of Sanford and son Michael Bshara of Springvale by a previous marriage.
He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, John Bshara, Jr., and Robert Bshara.
As stated by his daughter Jody, “Our hearts broke today, but heaven sure gained an amazing addition.” We will “all” love and miss you!
The family would like to express their gratitude to the Doctors and Staff at Maine Medical Center and to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House for their care and compassion shown during his period of declining health and his passing. Special thanks to Friends and Family for their gifts of love and support, and a heartfelt thank you to a special friend, Nancy who provided Sylvia with so many rides to visit Arthur during his hospital stay.
A graveside service, with military honors will be held at Oakdale Cemetery in Sanford, in the spring. Burial will be in the Bshara family lot.
The family request any donations be made in Arthur’s name to the charity of your choice.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.