Arnold K. Connor

Jul 29, 2020
Arnold Connor

Stockton Springs — Arnold Kenneth Connor was born Sept. 11, 1952, and passed away July 27, 2020. He was a recently born-again Christian who began attending Lighthouse Bible Church in Searsport. He graduated from Searsport District High School in 1971.

Arnold was a line cook at Lights Motel and Restaurant for about 20 years. He worked for the town of Stockton Springs for several years and was the cook at Searsport Head Start, where he was known by the children as “The Muffin Man.” He and his wife owned a toy store at Calico Square in Stockton Springs for a short time. He worked for about 15 years at Searsport District High School as a custodian before he retired to begin his passion career as an auctioneer. In 2007 he founded Bumpa’s Antiques & Collectibles Auctions, where he was affectionately known as “Bumpa” by all who attended his auctions.

He was a member of the Searsport Lions Club and the Stockton Springs Fire Department. He will be remembered for dressing up as Santa Claus for the annual Stockton Springs Christmas party. He was also a Little League and Farm Team umpire and a member of the Bowling League for many years.

Some of Arnold’s favorite pastimes included finding antiques to sell or buy at yard sales, flea markets and estates. He enjoyed hunting, playing poker with his friends and attending the horse races. He enjoyed tenting with his wife and sons at the Windsor Fair while they were growing up. Arnold passed on his love of attending state fairs to his grandchildren by taking them to the Fryeburg Fair for long weekends. He enjoyed spending time with his family and watching old Westerns on TV.

Arnold will be remembered as an auctioneer extraordinaire, a bargain hunter, a tough-as-nails negotiator, and a clever storyteller. The family will miss his savory Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Many neighborhood children in Stockton Springs will remember his fresh homemade doughnuts. His grandchildren will remember Bumpa pulling their loose, wiggly teeth and his hugs and fist bumps.

He was predeceased by his son, Jason Connor; his father, Kenneth Arnold Connor; his mother, Elizabeth (Ward) Connor; his father-in-law, George William Herrick; and his mother-in-law, Carolyn (Rooney) Herrick.

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Dot Connor; his son, Justin Connor, and daughter-in-law Jessica Connor; and grandchildren Jace, Terrin and Sophie Connor of Searsport. Arnold is also survived by his siblings, including his brother, Robert Connor; sisters Dorothy (Dottie) Wellman and her husband, Joseph Wellman Sr.; Marguerite Steeves and her husband, Darol Steeves; as well as sister-in-law Dolores Merithew and her husband, Edgar, brother-in-law Donald Herrick and his wife, Darlene, sisters-in-law Darlene Barr and her husband, Herman; Donna Herrick, who was married to the late Douglas Herrick; Denise Dakin and her husband, William; and Donna Parks, who was married to the late Greg Parks; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

The family would like to acknowledge his special friends, Peter Garcelon, Pastor Russ Bonin, Pastor John Tabor, Dick Davis, Vern Thompson, Wayne and Jane Riley, Phyllis Gaul, Jayne Snowdale, Carol Kendrick, John and Lee MacDonald, Super, Lisa Sanborn Gray, Jeff Merry, Tim Merry, Arthur Warman, Barb and Ron Cook, Pat Jackson, Dave and Peg Staples, Bonnie and Phil Clark, Pam Peer, Mike Gallant and many others.

Special thanks to Michele Lucas, TJ, the Stockton Springs Ambulance crew, Casey Ashey of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office, his fellow local auctioneers as well as his followers, the KINDNESS Food Programs, the nursing staff at Maine Home Health, especially nurse Jess Landers, his doctor, Samantha Gilligan, Nikki Gaudet and to everyone who attended his drive-by celebration of life this spring.

Donations may be directed to the Stockton Springs Ambulance crew at 217 Main St., Stockton Springs, ME 04981. Checks can be made payable to “Stockton Springs Ambulance.”

A potluck gathering will be planned to celebrate Arnold Saturday, Aug. 15, at 5 p.m. at 89 Church St., Stockton Springs. Friends and family are invited. Please bring your own chair, and a dish or drinks to share. Please RSVP to the gathering by Friday, Aug. 14, by calling or texting Jess Connor at 322-2999.

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