Richard "Beadman" Denman Arnold of Liberty Corner NJ, passed away on January 28, 2023 of natural causes. He arrived in this world May 16, 1941 in Montclair NJ to Helen Aue VanWyck and Frank Denman Arnold. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Linda Muhler Arnold and his two sons, a daughter and their families, Richard Scott and Christine Arnold, Jason Theodore and Heidi Arnold and Lynne Marie Weber and her fiance Mitch Cable. He also has two granddaughters Cassidy Louise Weber and Brianna Lynne Weber. His sister Winifred Polyak of Toms River NJ, and his niece Lisa Smentkowski and her husband James.
Dick graduated from Montclair High School and William Paterson University with a love of history. Dick participated in historical re-enacting as a Rogers Ranger with a special interest in Beads. He loved teaching people, especially children, the story of beads in early America. His wooden statue on Church street in Liberty Corner is of Dick donning his famous "Capote" garb which was his favorite re-enacting costume and was carved by Harry Robinson.
Dick also played Santa for the Liberty Corner Fire Department for many years and was well known for his "Santa looks". This was something that brought both him and the children great joy.
Dick worked for Kennedy Sinclaire, NYU and Rutgers University as Director of Development. He retired in 2002.
In retirement he enjoyed traveling, particularly in the Western US.
Above all else in life, he loved his wife and family and spending time with them.
A celebration of his life will be held at Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church on February 11, at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, contributions by check can be made out to the William Paterson University Foundation and sent to 300 Pompton Road - Hobart Manor, Wayne, NJ 07470 or an online contribution can be made to the Richard Arnold Memorial Scholarship at www.wpunj.edu/ givenow via the dropdown menu "Please direct my gift to: " then select, "Other (please specify),
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