PORTLAND – Arnold Stockson of Washington Avenue passed away Oct. 31, 2003, at a Portland hospital. He was born Jan. 11, 1920, in Stockholm, the son of Carl and Gertrude (Adler) Stockson. He was a graduate of Houlton Maine High School where he met his future bride, Eda Currier and of Husson College of Bangor, Maine and Bentley College in Boston, Mass. During his professional career he lived in Cambridge, Mass., where he provided accounting services to a number of firms in the Boston area and spent over 20 years as a Senior Tax Examiner with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He served his country courageously during World War II as a member of the 488th Bomb Group in the 57th Bomb Wing and saw action in the North African Campaign and Italy, where to his great joy, he witnessed the 1944 eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. He had faithfully returned to the Wing reunions each year and was a life member of the VFW. He was an active member of the congregation of the Grace Methodist Church in Cambridge and was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member of the Amicable Lodge of Cambridge and was tireless in his support of the Boy Scouts, Eastern Star and Rainbow Girls. He was predeceased by his parents, and brother, Gilbert. Arnold is survived by his wife, Eda; brother, William of Bangor; son, David of Ann Arbor, Mich.; daughter, Sally Rossini of Norfolk, Mass.; and three grandchildren, Nicholas, Sean and Kelsey. He was a devoted husband and father and a patriot who was passionate about his service to his country. He was a student of history who loved to travel and was ever thankful for the many opportunities afforded to him for travel at home and abroad. Services will be held 1 p.m. Nov. 7, at the Maine Veterans Cemetery, Augusta. Please call the Hay & Peabody Funeral Home at 207-772-5463 for directions to the cemetery. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers please make donations to the VFW foundation.