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Coolen Arsenault family
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Arthur “Art” Joseph Arsenault (1906-1994), hotel waiter and wine steward, was born in Bathurst, New Brunswick to Joseph Arsenault (from Montreal) and Lucy (Withers) Arsenault. He worked at the Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 1941 until retirement in 1972. He married Margaret Louise MacDonald (1911-1991) of Antigonish, daughter of Sherwood MacDonald and Mary Ann (MacMaster) MacDonald, on 9 August 1930. Margaret also worked in the service industry. They lived at 11 Dresden Row in Halifax and raised 5 children: John, André, Patricia, Simone, and Joan Marie. Their daughter Patricia “Pat Sea” Lillian Arsenault (1932-2016) married George Earl Coolen (1925-1987) of Prospect, NS in 1954. Pat Sea ran a canteen, then a general store and post office from their home while George earned money fishing, then eventually became the custodian for Atlantic Memorial School in Shad Bay, NS. They had 6 children: Susan M. (b.1955), Mark A., Michael A., Denise G., Christopher C. and Kelly L. After George’s death in 1987, Pat Sea continued living in Prospect, became a folk artist making hooked rugs, paintings and displays of objects in and around her home. She died in 2016.
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Marriage record for Arthur Arsenault and Margaret MacDonald in Antigonish County, Year 1930 Book 59 page 828 accessed online at Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics database on October 10, 2019 https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/ItemView.aspx?ImageFile=59-828&Event=marriage&ID=189976
Obituary for Arthur J. Arsenault in Halifax Chronicle Herald newspaper March 19, 1994 p.B8, Newspaper Collection on Microfilm #8842 at Nova Scotia Archives.
Halifax and Dartmouth City Directories 1941 (Halifax: Might Directories Atlantic Ltd., 1941) on microfilm #3420 at Nova Scotia Archives.