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Arthur W. Wellington

May 17, 1920 ~ July 29, 2017 (age 97)
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Elmira has lost a good friend and one time community leader in the passing of Arthur W. Wellington on Saturday, July 29, 2017. He was born in Troy, NY to Louise (Wiswall) & Arthur H. Wellington on May 17, 1920. Arthur was raised by his paternal grandparents in Syracuse, NY. He graduated from Central High School in 1938. He was a fine athlete and made many all city teams. He went on to Columbia University and was awarded a Doctor of Optometry Degree in 1943.  In 1943 Arthur entered the Marine Corps. He served in Saipan and the Okinawa campaign. He also did occupation duty in Nagasaki. He was discharged as a captain in the Marines in 1946.  It was in 1944, on May 6th, that Arthur married his high school sweetheart, Marilynn Davidson. When Arthur returned from military service, he received his license to practice Optometry. He apprenticed in New York City and Schenectady, NY. The couple brought first son David to Elmira in 1948 where Art worked with Lester Gamble. In 1954, he and Marilynn opened Wellington Optical in downtown Elmira. By that time, daughter, Sara and, son Steve had arrived. James came along in 1958. The family was complete. As his practice was growing, Arthur branched out into community work. His love of baseball led him to the presidency of the Elmira Pioneers. He was also president and founding member of the All-Sports Committee. He was a faithful member and served in many capacities at Lake St. Presbyterian Church. He was a member and president of Kiwanis. He was on the board of The Elmira Little Theater. He starred in many productions, including “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial” and “Inherit the Wind”. He also directed several plays, including a few for the Black and White Teen Theater. He served on the boards of The United Way and Y.M.C.A. In his later years, Art drove for Meals on Wheels. For most of his retirement, Arthur enjoyed summers in Maine with his beloved Marilynn and family. He also continued to follow horse racing and was known to place a wager now and then.  Well into his 90s he was a regular at O.T.B. Predeceased by Marilynn, Arthur is survived by four children, seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. FRIENDS MAY CALL AT THE BAKER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, FROM 10:30 AM-12:30 PM. INTERMENT OF ARTHUR’S ASHES WILL FOLLOW IN WOODLAWN NATIONAL CEMETERY, ELMIRA WITH FULL MILITARY HONORS.  The Wellington Family would like to give a special Thank You to the staffs of Woodbrook Assisted Living, Chemung County Nursing Facility and the Bath VA hospice. There will be a memorial service to celebrate Arthur’s life in the spring.   Memorial donations in Arthur’s memory may be made to Lake St. Presbyterian Church 300 Lake St. Elmira, NY 14901.

 Service Information

Calling Hours
August 4, 2017

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Baker Family Funeral Home
640 W. Gray St
Elmira, NY 14905

August 4, 2017

1:00 PM
Woodlawn National Cemetery
Davis St
Elmira, NY 14901

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