John Silk Arnoldy


1953 – 2014

AUBURN — John Silk Arnoldy passed away peacefully with an angel on each arm on Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Androscoggin Hospice House. His loving family was with him during his final days.

He was born to Roland R. Arnoldy and Olivette (Gagnon) Arnoldy on Oct. 4, 1953, in Lewiston. In 1971, John joined the U.S. Marine Corps and upon completing two years of active service, including duty in Okinawa, Japan, he transferred to the Marine Corps Reserve until 1976. He then joined the Maine Army National Guard in 1979, and concluded his military career, retiring in 2001. Sgt. John Arnoldy held the utmost pride in being a Marine and serving his country.

John made his home on Long Lake in St. David, enjoying “God’s country.” As an avid outdoorsman, he loved riding his snowmobile, ice fishing, walking the back woods and most of all, entertaining friends on his pontoon with his wife, Lisa.

His great pride was his classic Harley-Davidson, which he often took to the open road. During the past eight years, John and Lisa enjoyed motorcycle trips throughout Maine and Canada. He was well-loved by his motorcycle community and participated in charity rides. John played many sports throughout his life, but he was most dedicated to hockey. His favorite team was the Bruins and he was excited to attend a recent Bruins game in Boston.

Most of all, John loved people; swayed neither by age, ethnicity nor walk of life. He came with a friendly smile, a funny joke and was a forever friend to those he loved. You could count on him to lend a helping hand, expecting nothing in return. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was employed by Fraser Paper for 18 years. Always a hard worker, he was considered a man of many trades.

John is survived by his wife, Lisa Gagnon Arnoldy, of St. David; two children, John Paul Arnoldy and wife, Francesca, of Hinesburg, Vt., and Crystal Sue Michaud and her fiancé, Mike, of Madawaska; three grandchildren, Haysen, Maeven and Aubrie; three brothers, Paul and wife, Kathy, Real and wife, Joanne, and Marc; four nieces, Stacy and partner, Darlene, Nicole and husband, Justin, Angela and Kathryn May; a nephew, Petty Officer, 2nd Class Josef P. Arnoldy; and two great-nephews, Hunter and Wil.

He was predeceased by his father, Roland; and his mother, Olivette.

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