Arthur T. Kiskila

Mar 13, 2020
Arthur Kiskila

Cushing — Arthur Thomas "Art" Kiskila, died Thursday, March 12, 2020, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, after an extended illness.

Born in Rockland Sept. 19, 1945, he was the son of John E. and Evelyn Simmons Kiskila. Moving to Cushing when he was 7 years old, he attended local schools and was a member of the first class to graduate from Georges Valley High School in 1964.

Following graduation, Arthur entered the Army and after completing basic training at Fort Dix, N.J., he was assigned to additional training at Fort Gordon in Georgia and then reported for duty at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. It was at Camp Humphreys that Art completed his three-year enlistment before being honorably discharged and returning home to Maine.

Returning to civilian life, he worked one summer at Prock Marine and two years with Marine Colloids before becoming a correctional officer at the Maine State Prison in 1969. While working at the prison, he advanced through the ranks to sergeant for four years, then was a lieutenant for two years before finally retiring in 1997 as deputy warden.

After a 25-year courtship, Arthur married the love of his life, Susan C. Bodman, at their Cushing home Jan. 1, 1999.

Always active in town affairs, Art became the director of emergency management for the town of Cushing and had served in that capacity since 1972. He also served as the town constable for 20 years, and most notably served as chief of the Cushing Fire Department from 1988 to 2019.

A 32nd-degree Mason, he was member of the Orient Lodge of Masons No. 15 in Thomaston and held most of the offices of that lodge. Joining the Shriners in 1997, he was selected to be a Potentate Aid. He was not only active with the Mid-Coast and Waldo County Shrine clubs, but was also a member of the American Legion Post 37 in Thomaston, a life member of the Rockland Lodge of Elks No. 1008, and a member of both the Scottish Rite and York Rite Freemasonry organizations.

During his career, Arthur also served as a deputy sheriff with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, as a court officer in the Knox County court system, and with the Rockland Police Department. He delivered flowers for the former Andrus Flower Shop and medications for Waltz Pharmacy, making friends wherever he went. With his wife, Art was a regular at the Rockland McDonald’s afternoon coffee clan.

Predeceased by his parents and his brother Richard Brewster, Arthur is survived by his wife, Susan C. Bodman Kiskila, of Cushing; three sisters, Edith Lawler of Saco, Marianne Welch of Cornish, and Shirley Huff of Standish; his nephew, Scott Reed, of Scarborough, and his step-grandchildren, Tasha, Brianna and Brandon Bodman.

In light of the recent developments and recommendations on social distancing and in an effort to keep all members of our community safe and healthy, services for Arthur will now be private.

We appreciate and understand the profound effect Mr. Kiskila had on the Midcoast Community, and know that many still wish to share the family’s burden during this time. We encourage all family and friends to leave messages of condolence, as well as to view any and all webcasts of the services online at: bchfh.com.

The funeral service originally planned for Friday, March 20, at the Thomaston Baptist Church has been changed to a private family gathering at a different location.

All services for Mr. Kiskila will be webcast at the following address: bchfh.com/memorials/arthur-kiskila/3812553/index.php  Because of the potential for the increased number of web viewers, consider watching this video after the"‘livestream time."

In keeping with Mr. Kiskila’s lifelong work as a first responder, we appreciate all efforts to comply with guidelines and to live, love and respond with kindness and respect.

Memorial donations may be made to the Cushing Fire Department, 38 Cross Road, Cushing, ME 04563. To share a memory or story with Art’s family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.

Comments (2)
Posted by: PAUL BARNES | Mar 15, 2020 13:38

my condolences to his wife SUSAN and family i have known  ARTHUR for a long time he was alwasy friendly with a big smile and very witty ARTHUR and my wife were on dialysis that is were i found out his love for the town of CUSHING  he did not let dialysis stop him from being fire chief the town of CUSHING wiil miss him.



Posted by: johanna stadler | Mar 14, 2020 18:01

my condolences to his wife Susan.  My mom was in the knox center at the same time as his wife.  He was very kind and thoughtful to my mother. I truly appreciated his kindnesses to my mother.   May he memory be a blessing



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