Arnold C. Abrahamson
Ridgefield, CT.  (USA) :   April 28, 1918 – Oct. 30, 2009  < 91 >


Kane Funeral HomeArnold C. Abrahamson, 91, WWII Vet & retired FDNY, of Ridgefield, CT, passed away on Saturday, October 30, 2009 at Danbury Hospital. He was a husband and father who prided himself on humility, generosity and always doing the right thing by others. He was born in Baltimore, MD, to Carl and Hilma Abrahamson.  The USA greeted his parents, formerly of Småland and Värmland, Sweden, at Ellis Island. The family then briefly lived in Sweden, returning to New York City for the next 50 years in the South Bronx, Carnegie Hill and Astoria.

Growing up in the South Bronx, he obtained the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America in 1936. Registered with two BSA troops in NYC: Troop 130 in the Bronx & Troop 402 in Manhattan, he made lifelong friends and enjoyed camping & visits to Lake George, NY. (QXP); often hitchhiking from the Bronx with his gear.

During WWII, he proudly served his County on active duty in the Army Air Corps both stateside & overseas in Okinawa, Japan. Assigned to the 22nd Air Depot, he taught Judo, hand-to-hand combat, functional swimming, ship abandonment & survival aquatics relative to the Pacific Theatre. Obtaining the rank of corporal after 36 months, he was honorably discharged with multiple decorations, including the recent State of Connecticut WWII Veteran Public Service Award Medal offered by Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz in 2008.

For well over half his lifetime, he was professionally active in humble public service to the City of New York.  He first retired as a FDNY firefighter in Jan 1967 after 22 years of loyal service, UFA Local-94. He served the FDNY at the following companies: Ladder-029 (South Bronx), Ladder-053 (City Island), Ladder-117 (Astoria, Queens), Marine-05 “Fireboat: Senator Robert F. Wagner” (aka: E-078). His second career came with the New York City Public Schools. For 18 years he taught at PS-40 in the South Bronx.

He graduated from James Monroe High School in the South Bronx, obtained a BS in Finance from NYU in 1948, and a MS in Health Education from Herbert Lehman College (CUNY) in 1972

There were two influential churches in his life. Arnold was a member of both St. Bartholomew’s Church in Manhattan & St. Stephen’s Church in Ridgefield, CT.

Arnold was actively involved with The National Eagle Scout Association, The John Ericsson Society (NYC), The American Legion: FDNY Post 930 (NYC), FDNY: UFA Local 94, FDNY: St. George Association, The American Scandinavian Fdn. (NYC), The Manhem Club (NYC) and The Ridgefield Men’s Club.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ruth, and two sons; Erik of Ridgefield, CT, and Carl and wife Alison of North Salem, NY. In Sweden, his Långaryd Family relatives are listed in the Guinness Book of Records as holding the World’s largest “Charted” family, documented back to 1662. He is also survived by family in the Province of Saltvik, on The Åland Islands.

The Abrahamson family will receive friends and Brothers on Tue, Nov. 3rd, from 5-8PM, at Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, CT.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Arnold will be held on Wed, Nov.4th at 11AM, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 351 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

Internment at the family plot will occur on Wed, Nov 4th, at 1:30PM at St. Peter’s Church, 2500 Westchester Ave, South Bronx, NY.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the following organizations:
FDNY Foundation,  9 MetroTech Center, RM 5E-10, Brooklyn, NY. 11201
St. Stephen’s Church, 351 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. 06877    

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