Arthur Maugeri; headed Burlington Public Works

Arthur Maugeri
Arthur Maugeri
Posted: November 11, 2013

Arthur R. Maugeri, 91, of Burlington City, who retired in 1984 as superintendent of the Burlington City Public Works Department, died Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Marcella Center of the Genesis Healthcare network in Burlington Township.

"He only went up to the eighth grade," son Arthur J. said. In the worst of the Depression, in the early 1930s, "he left school to support the family."

Mr. Maugeri was one of the eldest of 11 children, his son said, and among other jobs, he worked at a shoe factory in town, making less than a dollar an hour.

"He would do odd jobs, whatever he could, to support his brothers and sisters."

As a teenager, before the nation entered World War II, Mr. Maugeri joined the Army and became an antiaircraft artillery weapons operator.

He fought from Normandy through the Rhineland and deeper into Germany, his son said, getting wounded and earning a Purple Heart among other commendations.

Mr. Maugeri began with the Public Works Department as a truck driver in 1949, and eventually became a heavy-equipment operator.

"For most of the career," his son said, "he drove a bulldozer, a front-end loader, and a grader."

A fixture in the community, he and his wife, Margaret, lived in the same house they bought in 1954.

A member of the Young America Fire Company in Burlington City and the Scully-Bozarth VFW Post there, he was an appointed special police officer.

"He was very close with most of the police," his son said. His department "would maintain the police cars."

In return, he said, "the Police Department honored him with a small police badge," which let him help officers on occasion.

"They adopted him like a favorite son."

Besides his son, Mr. Maugeri is survived by two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

His wife, Margaret, died in September.

Funeral services were private.

Donations may be made to the Scully-Bozarth VFW Post 1817, 142 Riverbank, Burlington, N.J. 08016.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.pagefuneralhome.com.


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