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WALTERS, Arthur P. (Waligorski)

WALTERS - Arthur P. (Waligorski)
Age 89, of North Tonawanda and a former 50-year resident of the City of Tonawanda, August 14, 2016, at his residence under the care of Hospice. Loving husband of Patricia J. (nee Gillotte) Walters, who died May 2015; father of Sandra (Craig) Walters-Toth, Diana Sloane, Paul "P.J." (Jacquie) Walters, David (Susan) Walters, Linda (Roger) Broeker and Patrick "Rick" (Nando) Walters; grandfather of Devon (Ken), Jordan, Gillian, Bailey, Jacob, Joshua and Max; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call Thursday (August 18) from 3-8 PM at JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 25 William St. (between Morgan and Broad Sts.) in Tonawanda. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Saturday (August 20) in St. Francis of Assisi Chapel, 71 Adam St. in Tonawanda. Friends invited. Please assemble at the Chapel. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Honor Flight, Inc., www.honorflight.org. Art loved life. He started working at an early age and never stopped. He epitomized the work ethic of The Greatest Generation, which today might be called a "workaholic." Art was a Purple Heart recipient who joined the Army in 1945 at the age of 18. He was sent to Europe and served with Patton's 3rd Army. Because of his fluency in Polish, he was assigned to Displaced Persons (DP) Camps to aid in the relocation of concentration camp victims. He was awarded the Bronze Cross of Merit from the Polish government for his service above the call of duty. Art met the love of his life, Patty Gillotte, in 1957. They married less than six months later and had 50 years together in Tonawanda. Art cherished his family life, he raised six children with Patty and was active in the community, including many years as a volunteer fireman with the Tonawanda Hook & Ladder Co. When he wasn't focused on his family and work, Art loved gun collecting, WW II history, restoring old cars and flea market treasure hunting. He was extremely meticulous and artistic, having won an art scholarship when he was young and it showed in the quality and workmanship in all he did. He is now with his beloved Patty, but will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

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