Newburyport — Arthur F. Proll, age 91, longtime Newburyport resident, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, February 15, 2013 at Watson Fields in Dover, New Hampshire surrounded by his loving family and the wonderful, caring staff at Watson Fields Assisted Living, where he had been a resident since May 2012. He was the dearly beloved husband of 68 years of the late Helen (Mosesian) Proll, who passed away July 18, 2011.
Son of the late Frank and Anne (Hatti) Proll, he was born in Patterson, New Jersey, October 28, 1921. Mr. Proll was a proud veteran of World War II, serving with the United States Navy from August 8, 1942 until his honorable discharge on December 19, 1945 with the rank of Motor Machinist Mate First Class and had been awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
After his military service, Arthur settled in Newburyport, where he met and married the love of his life, Helen. Throughout their lifetime, they never lost their passion for ballroom dancing nor their love for each other.
A hard-working, intelligent man, Arthur was the dedicated owner of Austin Precision Tools in Salisbury. While he was employed at Lincoln Laboratories, MIT, he was involved in creating and developing several inventions along with many significant mechanical instruments. One was related to the first spacecraft coverings, as well as developing instruments to measure earthquake severity.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, thankful for his wonderful family and the tremendous joy they brought him.
His survivors include his daughter, Sandra Proll of Hampton, NH, his son, Stephen A. Proll of Maine; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several generations of nieces and nephews. He will be missed by them all.
ARRANGEMENTS: A period of visitation will be held Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 10 to 11 A.M. at the Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport, immediately followed by services at 11 A.M. with burial in Belleville Cemetery, Newburyport.