Arthur Bush

Arthur H. Bush

Wednesday, September 21st, 1932 - Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
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Arthur H. Bush left us peacefully on March 17th, 2020 for the open arms, and long-awaited hug from his beloved wife, Margaret “Peg” Bush (Murphy). Art was surrounded by his five loving children, spouses, eleven grandchildren, and one great grandchild who are so dear to him. The spirit was high and love was deep. Clearly St. Patrick had a hand in this transition, leaving us with the faith that he is in good hands and laughter abounds.

Born September 21st, 1932 in Medford, MA to John J. Bush and Theresa McCarthy Bush. Arthur, Art was the most kind, caring, and generous man many have ever known. He always made you feel special and had a gift for listening and understanding that will be missed by many. Always thinking of others, he volunteered and contributed his efforts with organizations such as Walk for Hunger, the Pine Street Inn, the Fernald School, and the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Art grew up in Medford, MA, he was the oldest of four children. Jack, Mary Jane, and Patricia were his younger siblings to which he was often tasked with caring for. This is where he developed his patient, nurturing and kind spirit.

Art attended St Joseph’s school in Medford where he was a drummer in the marching band and Malden Catholic High School. He went on to attend Boston College, served 2 years in the Army, and returned home to get his masters degree in Education. He was married to Margaret on April 19th 1958. They started a family with three boys in three years. Soon after graduation they moved to central Mass where the boys, Steven, Edward, and Gary could enjoy more open space. The family grew with the addition of two daughters Julie and Jennifer who were always very dear to their father. In 1971 Art accepted a job as an elementary school principal at the Kendall School in Belmont MA; coincidentally the school Peg had attended as a child.

Moving the family and settling in Arlington, Art continued on a long and successful career in the Belmont Public Schools as the leader of both the Kendall School until its close in 1981 and the Mary Lee Burbank School where he helped support and oversee the school renovation. Art retired in 1994. The years in Arlington and the lifelong friends he found in his neighbors helped build a full and loving life with friends and family. He was often seen biking through the streets of Arlington and Belmont on his daily commute to work.

Arthur’s grandfather had a love for Cape Cod and instilled that in Art. He spent his childhood on the shores of West Harwich. During his young teens and during college, Arthur worked at the famous Belmont Hotel. It was here, at the mouth of Herring River where he met the love of his life, Margaret Murphy. Art and Peg continued their summers on the shores of Cape Cod in Dennis Port, sharing their love of the ocean with their children and grandchildren. Arthur looked forward to the summer season each year and would prepare a game plan for his gardens far before the snow was gone. Content he was, watching the garden with his morning coffee and favorite book.

Art celebrated life’s beauty in his appreciation for the natural world, music and the arts. He loved poetry, all genres of music and deep philosophical discussion. Art was very well read, with an incredible vocabulary. He could converse with anyone, and often amazed us at the breadth of his knowledge. His collection of books and music was endless. Art always had several books he was reading at the same time and was more than happy to share the stories. An avid hiker and beach comber, Art was inspired by Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Beston, and Edward Rowe Snow. He hiked the beautiful White mountains, walked the shores of Walden Pond, the National Seashore of Cape Cod, the Boston Harbor Islands, and keeps a sketch of the “Outermost House” on his wall. These readings, and experiences helped shape him as an adventurer at heart.

Art is adored by his eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild. They lovingly call him papa and carry on his legacy with their passion for the outdoors, talent in athletics, love for music, and joy in the arts. He was, and always will be, the glue that holds our family together and we will honor his amazing life forever. He leaves us all with much love and many lasting memories.

His final year was spent living at Bridges by Epoch in Andover where he was supported, loved, and cared for by their entire team of loving staff.

We will miss you Papa.

At this time the Funeral Mass and burial will be private. However, we are looking forward to a full service and celebration of Art’s life at an appropriate time in the future.
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Ann Frazier

Posted at 02:59pm
It was my honor to work with Art at the Burbank School where I was a third grade teacher. I remember Art as a gentleman and a gentle man. His was a wonderful example of how life should be spent—with kindness, love, and caring.

Here’s to all those school beginnings in September, Art!

“Try to remember the kind of September when you were a young and callow fellow. 
Try to remember and if you remember, then follow...”

Ann Frazier

James MacIsaac

Posted at 02:10pm
Mr. Bush was my Principal at the Kendall School. Many times, my friends and I were sent to his office for misbehaving. Mr. Bush treated us all with nothing but kindness and understanding. He was truly significant in the lives of so many.

James MacIsaac
Police Chief BPD


June Levy

Posted at 09:55pm
Art was the Mr.Rogers of the Burbank School in Belmont. Above all was his kindness and individual concern for every student and teacher. I was lucky to work at Burbank while Art was the Principal. His encouragement and fairness went in all directions of school life. He always listened carefully and provided thoughtful responses. My children were fortunate to be at Burbank during his tenure. I remember he rode his bike to school whenever possible - and was an early advocate for fitness and being green. Thank you Art for touching so many lives.


Posted at 03:07pm
Dear Jen, my deepest condolences to you and your family. I only had the pleasure of meeting your dad once, however, I know that he was a wonderful man based on the wonderful things that you have shared with me about him. His obituary is lovely and a true testament to him and your whole family. Wishing you peace and sending hugs your way ❤️.

Friend Posted at 03:10pm

Jen, I forgot to mention that the condolence from is from Maria Hastings 🙄.

Mary S. Mahony

Posted at 09:53pm
Art Bush was a fantastic principal and friend to many of us who taught in Belmont. While completing my CAES, I sometimes substituted at Burbank and I was always met with Art's warm smile when I signed in. Students, parents, and staff looked up to Art for he was totally committed to the success of his students and dearly loved his chosen profession. He embraced challenges and worked hard to successfully resolve them.

In later years, I had the pleasure of chatting with Art when I was working in the classrooms that his grandchildren were in at the Wellington School. He and his wife were so excited to attend the classroom events and one could easily see how much they both loved their role as grandparents.
The world has lost a truly great man. I know he will be dearly missed by all who knew him; most especially his beautiful family. They were all blessed to have such a wonderful father, father-in-law, and grandfather.
My deepest sympathy to his family.
Mary Mahony
Retired teacher, Roger Wellington School

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