John Arthur Bagnulo (1936-2013)
AUBURN - John Arthur Bagnulo, 76, of New Vineyard, after a three-month fight with cancer, died peacefully on Nov. 5, 2013 with his family by his side at the Androscoggin Hospice House.
He was born on Christmas Day in 1936 in Whitman, Mass., to Catherine and Arthur Bagnulo. He attended Whitman schools and then worked at the famous Toll House in Whitman making their famous desserts. It was there that he met his wife, Janet.
In 1956, he joined the U.S. Navy. He was stationed on the destroyer USS Robert H. McCard, DD822, for most of his service. He was discharged in 1960, and moved to Eastham, Cape Cod. He joined Orleans Furniture Store and worked there as a salesman and the manager of their Welfleet store. He moved to Brewster in 1968 and began working for Whitney Wayside Furniture Store. He was asstistant manager there until moving to Farmington in 1977.
He worked at Bouffard’s Furniture for three years, and then joined the support staff at MSAD 9. For a short time, he was a route bus driver, but moved to the maintenance department. He enjoyed that work including painting the Cougars on the high school and middle school gyms. He retired at 65.
Two days later he was offered the job as a “trip” driver. This was always his favorite job. He had the opportunity to drive the students to sport games, ski trips, musical concerts, and other activities. After 11 years of driving he retired at the age of 74.
He was an active member of the Fairbanks Union Church, Farmington Masonic Lodge, and the Order of the Eastern Star where he was appointed a grand officer. His hobbies were anything artistic. He enjoyed bird carving, making toys and cradles for his grandchildren, stained glass window hangings, and even building his own home. He was famous around the state for his baritone voice singing many times at the Civic Center, weddings, and soloing at his church. He also enjoyed gardening and taking care of his home and grounds.
John is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janet; two daughters, Nancy Pond and Doug of Farmington, Patricia Cleere and David of New Gloucester; one son, John Bagnulo and Joanna of Northport; two sisters, Angeline Masaitis of Brockton, Mass. and Jean Sanderson of Raynham, Mass; he leaves 10 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren, the joys of his life; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. at Dan & Scott’s Cremation and Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington. Funeral services will be on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 at 1 p.m., at the Fairbanks Union Church, 583 Fairbanks Road, Farmington, with Rev. Douglas Walrath officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Farmington.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Auburn Hospice House, and mailed to Mrs. Nancy Pond, 494 Fairbanks Rd., Farmington, ME 04938.