WEST HAVEN, CT – (From West Haven Funeral Home): Leo F. “Butch” Arria (Ret. WHFD), 73, of Naples Fl, formerly of West Haven, passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020. Butch was predeceased by his parents Frank and Olivia Arria and his brother, Charles Arria.
He is survived by his 3 beloved children Tina Arria, James Arria, Jennifer Arria (Daniel) Cox, as well as his beloved granddaughter Olivia Bernice Cox. He is also survived by his partner Linda Alcocer, former wife and mother of his 3 children Irene Arria, and former wife Monica Kott, as well as many longtime cousins and friends.
Born July 15, 1947 in Boston MA, Butch moved to West Haven at the age of 7 in 1954. He graduated from West Haven High in 1965 and after 2 years of college at New Haven University, he and his friend Billy Abbott joined the Army under the buddy system. He proudly served the armed forces for 2 years, mainly in Germany.
Shortly after returning home, Butch continued to serve his community by joining the West Haven Fire Department on April 17, 1972 and retired in June 2003 after a 31-year career. He was a respected and accomplished firefighter with many accolades.
During his service he was an inspector, fire education leader, union president, 5 mustache member and well regarded as the head of the house. He has been a true sports fan throughout his life, ranging from softball to the avid golfer.
The visitation will take place Friday evening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home on the green. At 6:00 p.m., prayers will be offered, then at 7:00 p.m., military honors will be returned at the funeral home. Masks and social distancing are needed.
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