Arthur J. Legere, 93, of Bristol, left this earth to join his wife in their heavenly home from Vitas Hospice at St. Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, on March 6, 2013 with his family at his side. Born in Berlin, New Hampshire on February 2, 1920 to Theotime & Maria (Baillargeon) Legere, he was the oldest of seven children. On September 8, 1943, he married his wife of 58 years, the late Irma (Bourret) Legere. He proudly served his country during World War II, fighting in Normandy and the European Theater, receiving the Purple Heart for the injuries he suffered during those confrontations. In 2010, he visited Washington DC as part of the Honor Flight for veterans and was quite moved at the honor bestowed to our vets. When Art returned to Bristol after his military service in 1944, he worked at the Bristol Brass Corporation, retiring in 1983 after 42 years of service. At the time of his death, he resided with his daughter Pauline Burke. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, James McNamee Chapter 5, and the American Legion, Seicheprey Post 2 of Bristol. Art leaves to mourn his passing, a son and four daughters and their spouses: Roland and Sharon Legere of Plainville, Anita and Ralph Saucier, Pauline Burke, and Linda and Cliff Carlson, all of Bristol, and Doris Kennedy of South Carolina. He also leaves his grandchildren: Kristi Chambrello and Jennifer and Mark Chase of Plainville, Tricia and Jim Parolo of Enfield, James and Pamela Burke of Bristol, Scott and Leanne Kennedy of Plantsville, and Eric and Daniella Kennedy of South Carolina. In addition he leaves his great grandchildren, who made him smile: Coby, Allie, and Tyler Chambrello, Nicholina and Sofia Parolo, Joseph and William Chase, Samantha and Emma Burke, Mia and Julianna Kennedy, and Mikayla and Cameron Kennedy. He leaves his brother, Hubert Legere, his sisters: Beatrice Landry, Jean Demers, and Juliette Merrill, and his sisters-in-law: Clarisse and Jeannette Legere, all of Berlin, NH. He also leaves many nieces and nephews who will remember their Uncle Art fondly. He was predeceased by his brothers: Maurice and Paul Legere, and brothers-in-law: Norman Landry and Ronald Demers, and a grandson, Tommy Saucier. Art was a hardworking, loving husband and father to his family. He served his country honorably and with much pride. He was an avid Red Sox and Bruins fan. Mom and Dad, by their example, taught us how to be good parents to our own children. We, his family, will miss him but are so proud and happy to have had him in our lives…He simply was the best Dad!!! A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday (March 9, 2013) at 11 AM at St. Ann Church, 215 West Street, Bristol. Burial, with military honors, will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, on Saturday between 9 to 10:30 AM. Memorial donations may be made to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, 282 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106. Please visit Art’s memorial web-site at www.FunkFuneralHome.com.