James C. Arsenault, 73, business owner

James C. Arsenault
James C. Arsenault
Posted: August 11, 2014

When he entered the University of Denver, James C. Arsenault was married, with a baby son.

"He had his daughter when he was a sophomore in college, worked full time, and still graduated in four years," his daughter, Dana A. Frail, said.

"And in today's world," she said, "that's kind of unreal for the rest of us. But he did it."

Mr. Arsenault, 73, of Voorhees, founder and owner of Freedom Glass & Metal in Clementon, died at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford on Wednesday, Aug. 6, after suffering a stroke at his office.

He grew up in Tupper Lake, N.Y., in the Adirondacks, graduated in 1958 from Tupper Lake High School, and enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he won a marksman award.

"When he was a Marine stationed in Hawaii, he met my mother on the beach" at Waikiki, his daughter said.

Karen Keller was a student at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., taking summer classes in Hawaii. They were married in December 1961, five months later.

While earning a bachelor's degree in business in 1967 at the University of Denver, his daughter said, he worked in a men's clothing store and was a weekend ski instructor at the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Keystone, Colo.

After working as an East Coast salesman for what is now Kawneer North America, a manufacturer of building materials, he and a partner in 1976 opened a Hammonton aluminum and glass installation firm.

When in 1984 he opened his own firm, he named it Freedom Glass & Metal Inc., his daughter said, "because now he was going to do it on his own."

The firm designs and installs curtain walls, storefronts, and entrances for general contractors, its website states.

"He is the owner and president," and his son James K. is the vice president, said his daughter, who is the office manager."It's a family-run business. That was very important to him."

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Moorestown.

Besides his wife, son and daughter, Mr. Arsenault is survived by a brother and four grandchildren.

A visitation was set from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Bradley Funeral Home, Rte. 73 and Evesham Rd., Marlton, and again from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 Bridgeboro Rd., Moorestown, before an 11 a.m. memorial service there.

Donations may be sent to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, 18251 Quantico Gateway Dr., Triangle, Va. 22171-1776 or www.toysfortots.org.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.bradleyfuneralhome-marlton.com.


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