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Zane H. ArnoldJanuary 21, 1927 ~ October 1, 2017 (age 90)
Zane H. Arnold, a lifelong resident of Westborough, died suddenly on Sunday, October 1, 2017. He was married to his late wife, E. Evelyn (Stanford) for over 70 years. Zane was born in Westborough, the son of the late Russell and Hilda (Nichols) Arnold.
He attended Westborough schools, and worked at Wardell’s Gas Station, Walter McTaggert’s Orchard, and the Westborough State Hospital Power House before he and Evelyn established Arnold’s Orchards in Westborough. With the help of their sons Russell and Gary, they owned and operated the orchard for 50 years. Zane was a member of the Massachusetts Fruit Growers Association and took great pride in raising quality fruit. They also made and sold award winning cider. Zane was one of the first fruit growers in Massachusetts to have “pick your own” apples. They also sold retail at their apple stand, at Spag’s, and through wholesalers in Boston and Ayer, MA. He was a charter member of Friends of Upton State Forest. Since 1988, Zane was happiest at his Lower Waterford, Vermont home where he enjoyed pastoral mountain views, festivals, fairs, and church suppers.
He is survived by two sons, Russell and his wife Ellen May Chase Arnold of Upton, and Gary and his wife Jeanne Frantz Arnold of Westborough. He was the proud grandfather of April B. Kassatly and her husband Russell of Sutton, Bonnie P. Bujak and her husband John of Leicester, as well as six great grandchildren, Ryan, Adam, Lindsay and Reeg Kassatly, and Bryson and Grace Bujak. Other survivors include his brothers John Arnold and his wife Theresa of Florida, Herbert Arnold and his wife Verne of Westborough, Chester Arnold and his wife Margaretta of Florida, as well as two sisters, Annie Snyder of Grafton, and Alice Atchue and her husband Milton of Grafton. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Christina MacConnell of Westborough, and a brother in law, Fran Jones of Chatham, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Jean Jones of Chatham, and his brother in law Robert Snyder of Grafton.
Family and friends are invited to a graveside burial service at 12:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 11 at Pine Grove Cemetery, South Street in Westborough.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bay Path Elder Services Meals on Wheels, 33 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752 Attn: Donations baypath.org/donations or to Westborough Fire/Ambulance Gift Fund, 42 Milk St., Westborough, MA 01581
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the David A. Pickering Westborough Funeral Home.