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Arthur E. Balser, Jr.

August 28, 1937 ~ January 6, 2021 (age 83)

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DANVERS - Arthur was born on August 28,1937 in Peabody, MA to Arthur E. Balser of Methuen, MA and Wilma (Wentworth) Balser of Salem, MA.

He was raised in Danvers, MA attending Danvers Public Schools including Holten High School, graduating from Governor Dummer Academy in 1956 where he participated in varsity football receiving the most valuable player award his senior year. Arthur was on the Winter and Sping track teams and was a member of the Glee Club and severed on several other committees.

He continued his education at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH graduating with a Bachelor's degree in History in 1960. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Arthur was preceded in death by his wife, Diane (Goodwin) Balser of Danvers, MA and his two brothers, Bernard W. Balser of Beverly and David K. Balser of Newburyport. He is survived by his two sons, Arthur E. Balser III of Danvers, MA and Dana S. Balser of Palmyra, VA and his brother Donald S. Balser and his wife Linda of Marblehead, his sister in-law Susan, his nephew Andrew W. Balser, and a grandniece Madeline.

He worked as a manager in the metals fabrication, welding, and machining industry for 35 years with several firms. Then he established Balser Engineering & Consulting with his wife working as quality consultants in the aerospace and chemical processing industries.

He was a lifetime member of the First Universalist Society in Salem, serving as a trustee board chairperson for several years. He was in DeMolay and a third-degree Mason. In his youth he played many years for Ferncroft as a pitcher in the Danvers Twilight League in the 1950's and 1960's. He was active from the late 1960's to the mid 1980's in youth activities as a baseball coach and manager in the Danvers Little League and Senior Babe Ruth League. His hobbies included reading, especially history, golfing, and traveling with his wife.

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August 1, 2021

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