Frank Arthur “Art” Marsden, 90, of Bluffton, SC passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at his home.
Art was born on Green Street, Pawtucket, RI on April 25, 1930 to the late Frank Marsden and Edith Croft Marsden. His grandmother, Hannah Croft, served as midwife. Art was raised in Brooklyn, NY, later graduating from Robert E Fitch High School in Groton, CT in 1948. He then attended Baxter Seminary in Baxter, TN.
Art was employed by Pfizer, Inc. in Groton, CT for 43 years before retiring in 1992. After retirement, he worked several more years for Tufano Motor Cars in New Britain, Marlborough Hardware in Marlborough, and Open Solutions, Inc. in Glastonbury. He was a member of the Congregational Church of East Hampton, the East Hampton Lions Club, Old Home Day Association, Lakeview Cemetery Board, VFW Post #5095, and the Sun City Veterans Association. Art lived in New London, Waterford, Niantic, East Lyme, and East Hampton. In 2010, he retired to Bluffton, SC while still returning to spend summers in East Hampton.
Prior to moving to East Hampton, Art was involved as a coach for Waterford North Little League Girls’ Softball. He worked with others, running the league, and organizing and sponsoring tournaments with teams from several states. In East Hampton, Art enjoyed raising funds for the organizations in which he was involved. For many years, he solicited bicycles for the Old Home Day Bicycle Giveaway Program, donations for the Annual Silent Auction held at the Congregational Church, and sold ads and tickets for the East Hampton Lions Club and the local VFW Post 5095. He always said his success was due to generous East Hampton businesses, residents, and friends. In Bluffton, SC, Art was recognized one year for the most ads sold for the Sun City Lions Club. In addition, with his friend, Frank Stefan, he was also responsible for most ads sold for the Sun City Veterans Association.
Art was a lifetime fan of the Dodgers, both Brooklyn and Los Angeles, and the New York Jets.
Art is survived by his wife, Donna Moard Marsden of Bluffton; children, Michael Marsden and wife, Deborah of East Haddam, CT, Kathryn Marsden of Mystic, CT, and Kristine Marsden and husband, Dennis of Ridgefield, Washington State; step-children, Kathy Peterson Barber of East Hampton, CT, Kimberly Peterson of Gernee, IL, and Karen Peterson Blais and husband, Steve of Gurnee, IL; five grandchildren, ten step-grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren; sister, Karen Pugh of Delray Beach, FL; and several close cousins. Art was preceded in death by his younger brother, Donald Marsden, and former wife, Diana Bartolucci Marsden.
The family wishes to thank Tidewater Hospice and Loving Arms Health for the excellent care they both provided to Art.
Funeral services are planned for a later date to be held in Connecticut.
In lieu of flowers, please remember Art by doing something for your community. Get involved, volunteer, or make a donation to a charity, organization, or church of your choice.