Arthur William James Steiner passed away peacefully at home the evening of Thursday, April 13, 2023. He was 87.
Arthur was born on January 14, 1936, in Brooklyn, New York. After his graduation from Brooklyn Automotive Technical High School, he served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was discharged honorably. When he returned home from service, he attended and graduated as a Custom Tailor from Cybick School of Cutting and Tailoring New York. Arthur started his long career as a Pattern Designer at Brook’s Brothers in New York City. His talents eventually brought him to Slalom Companies and a home base in Newport, Vermont where he lived for 40 years with his wife. Arthur’s highly credible reputation in his profession permitted him to work all over the United States before retiring to Florida.
Arthur, also known as Archie, married Frances Scalisi, his high school sweetheart. They met at a roller-skating rink through friends and it was love at first sight. They danced many nights away together and lived a full life of love and friendship for 70 years, married for 64. Together they raised three wonderful children.
In New England with his family, Arthur enjoyed all sorts of outdoor activities from swimming to downhill skiing, to snowmobiling and motorcycling. He was always up for a night at the bowling alley, a bike ride across town, playing catch or sitting down to an everlasting game of Monopoly. His singing voice was immaculate and most enjoyed by everyone weekly at church. He had a passion for cars and had very many new ones throughout his life. He enjoyed painting ceramics just as much as a house. He absolutely loved his two dogs, Dolittle and Luigi. And hats…he really loved to collect them.
Arthur was also very generous with his free time. He was a Boy Scout Leader in the Daniel Webster Council of Concord New Hampshire. He was a recognized Fourth-Degree member in the James Cardinal Gibbons Assembly 1157 Newport order of the Knights of Columbus. After his retirement, between traveling with Frances to Alaska, Hawaii, and Europe, Arthur volunteered his time at the Newport Hospital in Vermont as well as the Citrus Memorial Hospital in Florida and, along with his wife, were the official “cushion givers” at all QNEK Productions in Derby Line, Vermont. For all that he accomplished in his lifetime, his legacy we are hearing from so very many, is that they always looked forward to seeing him because he made them laugh. What a wonderful quality to be remembered for.
In addition to his loving wife, Arthur is survived by his three children: Michael and his wife, Donna, Phillip; and Arlene and her husband, Andrew; His seven grandchildren Jessica and her husband, Kevin; Justin and his partner, Amber, Jacob, Charity and her partner Mark, Nathan and Sloane; His three great grandchildren Colton, Cooper and Kylen; His brother-in-law Frank Scalisi and his wife, Cynthia; and his adoring nieces and nephews.
A funeral mass will be held at the Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Oviedo, Florida followed by a burial service at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims, Florida.