ST. ALBANS — Late Monday afternoon, Jan. 5, 2015, God called another distinguished member of the greatest generation, Arnold Leadbeater, age 92, to be with Him on the plains of Heaven. Arnold was born, raised and lived his entire life in the city of St. Albans where he was well known and well regarded. A life-long member of the Benevolent and Protected Order of Elks, Arnold served in many leadership roles, culminating in his tenure as Exalted Ruler. He became a Freemason at a young age, becoming a Shriner shortly thereafter.
As a solider in the United States Army, Arnold served bravely in the European theater of World War II and in the Korean War. He joined the Vermont National Guard and retired after 30 years of service.
In 1953, he married his one and true love, Pearl Shoram. The loving and devoted couple made their home on North Elm Street where they raised their three children and cared for Pearl’s mother Josephine Shoram. They remained in that warm abode for almost their entire lives.
Arnold is survived by Pearl, who continues to live in the city at their assisted living apartment at Pillsbury Homestead. He is also survived by son Todd Leadbeater and his wife, Mary, daughter Pamela Simek and her husband, Wayne, and his son Thomas Leadbeater and his wife, Sherri-Lynn. Arnold’s legacy includes seven grandchildren: Jessica Marshall, Andrew Doherty, Letu Leadbeater, Trevor Leadbeater, Kuku Leadbeater, Casey Leadbeater and Greg Simek, and five great-grandchildren: Grace Lashley, Micah Bagwell, Jack Leadbeater, Kiera Marshall and James Leadbeater. Arnold is also survived by his sister Lorraine Martin of St Albans and brother, Robert Leadbeater of Tennessee.
Arnold was predeceased by his father, Filmer “Tommy” Leadbeater and his mother, Frances Sheldon. He is also predeceased by his sisters Beatrice Giroux, Ella Hawkins, Connie and Thelma Leadbeater, Melanie Wells, and his brothers Filmer, Harley, John, and Arthur Leadbeater.
At Arnold’s request, there will be no visiting hours, but a funeral service will be held at the Brady Levesque Funeral Home, 86 South Main St., St. Albans on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at 1 p.m. Interment will be at St Louis Cemetery in Highgate in the spring.
While Arnold loved flowers, they aggravated his allergies, so in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Vermont Elks Silver Towers Foundation, c/o Vermont Elks Charities, 241 Lincoln Avenue, Rutland, VT 05702 or the Wounded Warrior Project (for more information go to www.woundedwarriorproject.org).
The family would like to thank all the nurses and caregivers at the Pillsbury Homestead for the loving and compassionate care that they gave to Arnold over the past several years.
Online condolences may be sent to his family at the funeral home website: www.bradyandlevesque.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home and Commemoratives Services.