Mr. Arthur Catalano, age 73, of Pittsfield died Monday, September 9, 2019 at the Berkshire Medical Center after a sudden illness.
Art was born in Pittsfield on July 17, 1946, the son of the late Salvatore Arthur and Marie Anne Irene (Clement) Catalano. Educated in the local schools, Arthur joined the US Navy following his high school graduation. He served two tours overseas in Vietnam as a Seabee, as well as a tour in Antarctica at the South Pole.
Upon his return home, Art began his studies at Berkshire Community College and graduated with a degree in fire science. He spent over 30 years serving as a fire fighter for the Pittsfield Fire Department, and retired as Deputy Chief in 2004. A modest man when it came to himself and his accomplishments, Art was honored numerous times for his heroism as a fire fighter, and even received a Medal of Valor. Following his retirement, he went on to work part time as a security officer at General Dynamics until this past March.
An avid golfer, he was a member of the GEAA and loved spending time with his Golf Buddies. He also loved to travel, especially to California where he and his wife Colleen spent their winters until 2012.
A proud father and grandfather, Art enjoyed being with his family. He would jump at the opportunity to watch the grandkids and always put the needs of his family before his own.
Arthur married the former Colleen Cameron on September 1, 1973 at Mount Carmel Church in Pittsfield. This past September 1st, Art and Colleen celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary while listening to Reba at Tanglewood.
Besides his wife, Art leaves his children, Tina Marie Kenyon and her husband Brian and Allan Salvatore Catalano and his wife Samantha of Richmond, MA, and his beloved grandchildren, Hannah and Cooper Kenyon, Julianna, Abbie, Madison, Haley, Isabella & Brooklyn Catalano and Matthew Peck. He also leaves his siblings, Joe Catalano, Lucille Kane, David Catalano, Chris Kellogg, Marie Reul, and Sandy Cassavant, many nieces and nephews, and an unnamable number of friends and brothers from the Fire Department that Art served alongside so proudly.
Besides his parents, Art was predeceased by his brother Tony Catalano and his sister Sally Cooper.
SERVICES: Close friends and former coworkers of Art are invited to join with the family for visitation on FRIDAY, September 13th from 2-4PM at the DEVANNY-CONDRON FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services will be held privately for the family.
In lieu of flowers, if friend’s desire, memorial donations may be made payable to Mrs. Catalano, and the funds will added to their grandchildren’s college funds. Donations may be mailed to the Funeral Home at 40 Maplewood Ave. Pittsfield, MA 01201.