Arthur Koweek of Hudson and Copake NY passed away on November 16, 2020 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness. He was 97 (almost 98) years young. Born and raised in the Bronx and Queens, NY to the late Anna and Morris Koweek, he was the brother of the late Albert (late Clara) and late Maxwell (late Hannah, Hilda) Koweek.
Arthur graduated from James Madison High School in 1939, and received his BS degree from Washington State University in 1946. He proudly served his country in World War II as a member of the Army Air Corps, mustering out of service as a Second Lieutenant having served in the European theatre as a bombardier. Upon his return to New York, he went on a blind date with Janice Silver- they were married in 1950 and shared 56 years of love and happiness until Jan’s passing in 2007. Together with his beloved wife, he owned and operated The Town Fair baby and children’s store as well as Hudson Valley Supply Co. bringing toys and happiness to countless children and families.
Arthur believed strongly in giving back, and was active in a myriad of community affairs. A Life Member of Hudson Fire Company -8 since 1950, he frequently jumped up from the dinner table to answer the chimes. He served on the Hudson Youth Advisory Board, and the Columbia County Health Care Consortium, receiving the Anne W. Zittell Friend of the Consortium Award in 2018. He served on both the Hudson City and NYS Planning Federation Boards for over 50 years, stepping down when he turned 95.
Arthur is survived by his children: Richard (Toni) of Hudson NY, Jimmy (Annette) of Elgin AZ, Joan (Gary Arcuri) Koweek of Claverack NY and Paul (Maryann) Silver of Kinderhook NY. Adored and adoring Grandpa to David (Manoela Romano de Orte) Koweek of Palo Alto CA, Stephanie Koweek of Austin, TX, Molly Koweek of Dayton OH, Katie (Ben) Anderson of Tucson AZ, Clay (Mollie Silva) Koweek of Tucson AZ, Sommer and Wesley Koweek both of Flagstaff AZ, Gage Arcuri of Claverack NY, Joseph (Corinne Bee) Silver of Tucson AZ, and Lizzie (Austin Hughes) Silver of Norfolk VA. Honorary Grandpa to Anna (Georgio Bonacchini) Barzanti of Palo Alto CA. In addition to his children and grandchildren, he is survived by his nieces, nephews, and their children: Steven (Patti) Silver of Longmeadow MA, Barbara (Arthur) Phillips of CT, Rob (Susan) Koweek of CA, Judy (Peter) Blake of NY, Arlene (Barbara Leff) Singer of CA. He is also survived by his special cousin and life-long buddy, Albert (late Babe) Norman, and lifelong friends: Howard and Mildred Topper, Ernie Woods, and Bill and Marianne Lowenstein.
Due to COVID, burial at Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson was private and for immediate family only. A Celebration of Life will be held when COVID permits. To remember Arthur in a special way, please consider a contribution to the Columbia-Greene Community College Foundation Jan Koweek Scholarship or the FASNY Fireman’s Home in Hudson NY, where Arthur resided and thrived for the past two years.