On Sabbath morning, December 11, 2021, Arthur Paul Brodie, my precious, amazing and loving husband, passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 70 at our home in Sterling, MA. We tried to save him but could not.
Arthur was born on March 30, 1951 in Monterey, CA. Thus began a remarkable life. He and his family moved to Triste, Italy when he was just six months old. Dad was a 'polyglot' (gifted in languages) which made him valuable during WWII, so they lived in many countries. Arthur enjoyed his first 18 years of life, living and traveling, and receiving education in delightful places around the world. And he was a fixture in his doting family and mine, giving way to the wonder of him and his abilities in every facet of his life.
Arthur my love was married to me, Anita L (Haglund) Brodie, who was from Grand Rapids, MI. We were wed in Pullman, MI in 1977.
He was the faithfully loving son of his late father and mother, Arthur David Brodie Jr. and Elizabeth Agnes (Souvigny) Brodie, both of Chicago.
He has left behind his four intensely adoring and deeply loving sisters and their children and their children's children: Sandra (Brodie) & Bruce McDaniel of TX and their children: Deborah & Michael Cassada, Kristina & Steve Thompson, Sean McDaniel, Scott McDaniel, Cori and Steve Barry. Camille Brodie of WA and her children: Christopher & May Wilson, Devon & Phil Burch. Ardeth Brodie of TX and her children: Pasha Morshedi, Gillian Morshedi & Dr. Dan Bernards. Evan Morshedi & Brooke Blume. Margaret (Brodie) Dee & Chris Schmidt of Chicago and children: Jonathan & Sara Dee, Rachel Dee Walker. And six nieces and six nephews, 6 great nieces and 10 great nephews, and 2 great-great nephews.
His brother-in-law/sister-in-law, James C. Haglund and wife Candace Haglund. Also, Arthur's late mother-in-law /father-in-law: Verna V Haglund and James Einar Sigvard Haglund, and late brother-in-laws: Jack D Haglund and Terry W Haglund. All of Grand Rapids, MI.
To add to Arthur's immense interest, his family members gave him many different names by which to call him: Skip, Skipper, Pete, George, Sam, Skippy, Baby Brudder and Arthur. Anita was the only one who called him Arthur, somebody had to!
Arthur was first and foremost, deeply devoted to God. From a young age and until his last breath, God was his love. Every day would find him studying and praying "to show himself approved unto God, a workman that needed not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth"
2 Timothy 2:15. This relationship with God guided every decision in his life to his joy.
He was given a talent for painting and drawing, which was his second love, and was a studied and accomplished artist attending and graduating from two of the most prestigious art schools in the world. It was his desire to continue his art education in Italy where the great masters had painted. But to his surprise, more important life experiences presented themselves to him.
Laughter was the only way to survive in the Brodie family! The family was routinely asked to leave family funerals for all our laughter in celebration of our loved one who had passed away. We knew Auntie Rosie and Uncle Eddie, etc. would not want a drole and sad expression to come from the family! So, we celebrated them! It was wonderful!
Arthur's sense of humor was unbounding, giving delight to all—especially during treatments to diffuse the pain. His love of the beautiful was unparalleled, he was a most studied and accomplished artist, and saw things others never imagined. Many an early Friday morning would find him walking the beach at Castle Island spying out subject matter for his next watercolor or egg tempura and oil painting. He was a poet and song writer, loved to sing and listen to music, player of many instruments including the hammered dulcimer. A flower arraigner with the best of them. He was a writer on subjects of health producing volumes of books, a lecturer on countless health topics and spoke with great ease before large and small groups of people all over the world. He was head chef for years at the famous Manhattan restaurants named Country Life, also teaching a great many in Scandinavia, Europe, Asia and USA in vegan cookery and in starting restaurants. When in these countries, he also taught Anatomy & Physiology and the way to use countless natural treatments for minor and serious illness. He also taught simple massage techniques that lay people could use with good effect for others.
He was a very well-known and sought after Orthopedic and Sports Massage Therapist in Southie. He was the massage therapist for the Bruins, even traveling with them to their games. He had an office in the Boston Athletic Club for almost 30 years. He also had an office in Brookline for 5 years, and worked out of our office in Sterling, MA, Health Reconditioning Center for 18 years. He was known and loved by so many. He was called a healer, as they felt he was a therapist of body, hearts and spirit. They knew he prayed that he could help them all for he had no special powers, but it was God that blessed the treatments. Arthur was warm and generous, kind and attentive, friendly and touched by human suffering…always drawn untiringly to help relieve pain wherever he saw it, because he could…he had a gift.
He was undoubtedly the most accomplished and amazing man I've ever known. More than I realized. As I write this, I see his life in a panorama now…he was given so much. Just so many talents! He was forever learning and always wanted to improve in everything he knew and did. And there just weren't enough hours or minutes in the day for Arthur Paul Brodie. I'll always love you so much my Sweetie, my Arthur… your Macushla forever, Anita
International School of Belgrade, Kdg-8 (former Yugoslavia Belgrade, now Serbia);
Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa Prefecture), Kubasaki International High School, 9-12;
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, for 3 years, and had an Accepted Exchange Student Programme to The School of Visual Arts in New York City, for his final year. He returned to AIC to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio degree.
Oak Haven Institute of Health, Advanced Studies in Natural Medicine
Uchee Pines Institute LifeStyle Educator Programme
Sports and Orthopedic Massage School
International School of Colon Hydrotherapy
The School of International Cuisine al'a Arthur as Head Chef at the 3 Country Life Vegan Restaurants in Manhattan.
But he knew and was soooo much more than all this…
Memorial Service for Arthur P Brodie:
Saturday June 4, at 4pm
Waymark Seventh-day Adventist Church
1048 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
Parking has been made available next door to the church at:
The Murphy Funeral Home, 1020 Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester.
Please come to celebrate the amazing life of my Arthur P Brodie! He was amazing!!