Deceased December 21, 2016

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In Memory

Art was born Sept. 28, 1923, in Northampton, Mass. He graduated from Northampton High School and entered the Army Air Corps. He served in World War II as a pilot flying B24s and was based in London. At Amherst he was a member of Phi Delta Theta and the Glee Club.

After Amherst he moved to upper New York State and worked for the Gold Seal Co. as sales manager for the area. In 1950 he moved to Greenfield, Mass., where he worked for his family’s Lincoln-Mercury franchise in sales. 1950 was also the year he married Laurel Taferner.

In 1955 Art started Art’s Auto Sales and in 1962 obtained his real estate broker’s license and started LaMontagne Realty. He operated both businesses until 1970, when he devoted full time to real estate and appraising.

After retiring in 1988, he lived six and a half months in Naples, Fla., and five and a half months in Yarmouth, Mass., eventually living full time in Naples.

Art loved Amherst, golf, gardening, dancing and the Knights of Columbus. He died Dec. 21, 2016, at age 93 in Naples.

Celeste Ringuette W’48

50th Reunion

48 Arthur LaMontagne

I retired in 1988, took up residency in Naples, FL, in 1993, and subsequently sold my home in Greenfield, MA, in the fall of 1994. Having sold my home in Greenfield, I purchased a home on Cape Cod in South Yarmouth. I spend 6 1/2 months in Florida (from October 15 to May 1) and 5 1/2 months ·in Cape Cod (from May 1 to October 15).

Many people say this is the best of both worlds-no more snow-no winter clothing, and the availability of golf 12 months of the year. I endure some minor arthritic pain and horrible golf scores. Attest this 28th day of September, 1996, my 74th birthday.

48 Arthur LaMontagne