WATERVILLE – Arthur “Red” O’Halloran passed peacefully Oct. 27, 2004, surrounded and strengthened by the love of his children. Red was born June 4, 1925, in Amherst, Maine, the sixth and youngest child of Charles and Julia Jewett O’Halloran. Both Charles and Julia died when Red was still a young boy, so at the tender age of 15, Red left Amherst for Charleston, where he joined his sister, Mary, and his brother, Robert, and attended Higgins Classical Institute. After graduating from Higgins with honors in 1943, Red enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a 2nd Lieutenant and was trained as a navigator at Saint Mary’s College in California. Upon completion of his training, Red flew missions in the Pacific Theatre before being honorably discharged in 1945. After the war, Red boarded a train bound for Bangor and in 1946 he enrolled at Colby College after a brief half-hour interview with Dean Ernest Marriner, upon which he was swiftly admitted. In keeping with his persona, Red took full advantage of his time at Colby, where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, the Inter-fraternity Council, the Inter-student Council and Greek Letter Society, and the Outing Club. Red also proved to be an outstanding middle distance runner, and as member of the Colby Varsity Indoor and Outdoor Track teams, Red won many races and set school records in the 220 and 440 yard dash. In addition to his athletic prowess, Red’s leadership ability earned him the title of team captain as a sophomore. Red also served as a Student Dormitory Proctor for three years and was a member of the Debate Club. Part of his time was spent on Colby’s original campus, but he graduated in 1950 as an administrative science major from Mayflower Hill. Beyond all those activities, perhaps Red’s greatest accomplishment during his time at Colby was when he met and eventually married Marcella LaVerdiere, who also graduated from Colby in 1953. Red and Marcie married on Jan. 8, 1954, at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Waterville. Together they had six children, Lili Anne, Gregory, Daniel, Timothy, Julia (who died shortly after being born) and Kathleen. After a tenacious battle with cancer, Marcie predeceased Red in 1989, yet Red was determined to keep the family together. After years of spending many hours at his office at Boothby & Bartlett, Red refocused much of his energy on his family, continuing to host holidays at his home on Eaton Drive and picking out special gifts and cards for his children and 10 grandchildren. Upon graduating from Colby, Red initially became a Field Representative for the Home Insurance Company, and traveled the entire state of Maine. During that time, Red lived as a boarder with an elderly woman in Fairfield, Hazel Sprague. The two quickly became dear friends, and Red and his children continued to spend time with Mrs. Sprague throughout her life. Red never got too far away from his Colby roots, spending the next five decades just down the hill selling insurance at Boothby & Bartlett Company. In 1951, Red was hired as an agent and became a Vice President for the company in 1971. Dan O’Halloran joined his father at Boothby & Bartlett in 1986; Red continued working through early October 2004, just weeks before his passing. Red was tremendously well known and respected within the insurance industry; as such he served on the advisory board of many insurance companies. He was a Director for the Independent Insurance Agents Association of Maine for several years, and served as President in 1976. He earned his CPCU designation (Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter) from the American Insurance Institute in 1974. Red felt strongly about the Waterville community and remained actively engaged throughout his life. He served on the Waterville School Board and the Waterville Charter Commission, and he served as a director on many local boards, including: Mount St. Joseph, Waterville Sewerage District, Waterville Savings and Loan Association (Director 1969-1995, Chairman of the Board 1987-1992), and Kennebec Savings Bank. Red was a life member of both the Lions Club and the Elks Club. Red never forgot the special role that Colby played in his life; he and his family frequented Colby athletic and cultural events, class reunions, and Red remained actively involved in the Alumni Association. Red made significant contributions of his time, energy, and financial support to the college, and in 1980, Red was honored as the Colby “C” Club “Man of the Year in recognition of the ongoing support of Colby athletics and the special, personal concern you and your entire family have shown to student athletes.” Red was given the Colby Brick Award in 1982, awarded annually to members of the Colby family who have demonstrated outstanding loyalty to the College through consistent and dedicated service on its behalf. Red’s commitment to youth, his appreciation for education, and his love of athletics made a profound impression on the people around him. His compassion, wit, work ethic and integrity will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. The consummate gentleman, Red’s legacy lives on through his children, grandchildren and friends. In addition to his dear wife, Marcie, Red was predeceased by his sisters, Katherine O’Halloran and Mary O’Halloran Fournier; and by his brother, Robert O’Halloran. Red is survived by brothers, James O’Halloran of Manchester, N.H. and Norman O’Halloran of Amherst, Maine. Red is also survived by his five children and their families; Lili, Jack and Ashley Richmond of Portland; Greg, Jessica, Kelly, Amy and Janie O’Halloran of Benton; Dan, Jane, Charles and Olivia O’Halloran of Yarmouth; Tim, Judi, Morgan, Danielle, and Christi O’Hal-loran of Scarborough and Kate O’Halloran, who returned home to Waterville last September to live with and care for her father. Red’s beloved dog, Fireball Katie, died peacefully on Oct. 18, 2004, after 5 years of being his loyal and treasured companion. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1, at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Waterville, with the Rev. Paul Dumais, celebrant. A reception for all of his friends will follow immediately at the church. A private burial will be held at Saint Francis Cemetery in Waterville. In lieu of flowers, contributions in honor of Arthur “Red” O’Halloran, may be made to Mount Merici School Scholarship Fund, 152 Western Ave., Waterville, ME 04901. Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield. Condolences may be expressed at www.lawrybrothers.com.