Taunton Community Attends Funeral For WWII Vet Without Living Family

TAUNTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A funeral was held in Taunton on Saturday for a World War II veterans who died a week ago.

Bronze Star recipient Arthur Schroeder, 99, had no surviving family members to attend his funeral, so members of his community made sure he was honored with a proper service.

Schroeder’s pastor, Rev. Ami Dion, spoke at the service Saturday morning saying that Schroeder “made friends so easily.” She had reached out to city officials to make sure the public knew about the funeral.

“Over the past week, I’ve spoken to many people and without exception everyone said how much they loved Arthur,” Rev. Dion said at the service.

One example was when Schroeder struck up a conversation with a young girl and her mother at a restaurant, igniting a friendship.

“He started coming to all of our family events and it just grew as a beautiful friendship,” the girl said told WBZ NewsRadio. “He was like a grandfather to me.”

WBZ NewsRadio's Mike Macklin reports

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article said the service was on Sunday. The funeral was on Saturday. We regret this error.

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