Arthur Jarnes Obituary, Death – Arthur “Dickie” Jarnes, 87, died peacefully at St Francis Reflections Hospice – Melbourne Care Center, FL, on March 26, 2023, after a brief cancer battle. Jeanette (Cohen) and Abel Jarnes had Arthur in Lynn, MA on June 28, 1935. Dickie was Freddy’s friend with Richard, Arthur’s younger brother. Freddy named Arthur Dickie thinking all infants were named that. Their sister Brenda “Brandee” will soon join them at their Swampscott Burrill St. residence. Wacky the duck’s school attendance was entertaining.
Abel often brought Dickie to a Boston magic shop because he enjoyed magic tricks. Dickie learned sleight-of-hand from prestidigitator Harry Blackstone Sr. After college, he performed at several birthday parties, including his children’s and niece’s. After graduation, he married Barbara Bloomfield. When his reserve unit was called up months later, he was an Army medic at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. After birth, their first daughter perished. They opened The Park Building Pharmacy downtown in Worcester, Barbara’s hometown, after his Army service.
Pam, their daughter. Later, their third daughter died shortly after birth. Dickie returned to Boston following their 1960s divorce. He always wanted a business like the neighborhood diners where he and Pam enjoyed weekend breakfasts. The wish was fulfilled fifteen years later. Arthur met Joan Sulkes in Boston’s Prudential Tower. Joan usually called him Arthur, so he replaced Dick or Dickie. After 1970, everyone named him Arthur, albeit a generation still calls him Dickie. Arthur married Joan and had Larry. After moving to Worcester, Joan’s hometown, they had Allison. Arthur’s Bagels & Friends began when the June St Spa opened around his 50th birthday.
“I haven’t seen you in a long, you must be starving!” was his favorite way to welcome visitors as he performed card tricks at each booth. He founded Arthur’s New York Bagel Factory on West Boylston St. in Worcester and the Park View Sandwich Shop on Park Ave. All his children worked in his restaurants for years. Arthur and Joan retired to Orlando. Arthur enjoyed fishing, playing squash and tennis, golfing, spending time with family and pets, playing the guitar, drumming, doodling, drawing caricatures, and cooking and eating meals that “make your toes curl up and down like a window shade”.
Arthur’s sense of humor, which he passed on to his children, was best heard when he laughed, often at his own jokes. Joan, his kids, and grandchildren were his world. He enjoyed being Grampie and Papa. Arthur’s family lauds Saint Francis Reflections Hospice’s care. We thank everyone who visited, comforted, or thought about him throughout his illness.
Arthur is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 52 years, Joan (Sulkes) Jarnes of Orlando, FL, daughter Pam Cherkas and her husband Phil of Worcester, MA, son Larry Jarnes and his wife Jeannette of Melbourne, FL, daughter Allison Jarnes of Orlando, FL, grandchildren Isaiah Cherkas and his wife Holli Selman of Falls Church, VA, Cheyenne and Parrish Jarnes of Melbourne, FL, brother-in-law Robert Ash of Boca Raton, FL, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins Every Arthur’s newborn daughters, Dr. Fred Jarnes, Janet Jarnes, and Brenda Ash died.