TEWKSBURY - Dr. Arthur Theodore Hellwig, 87, died February 23, 2021 at Morristown Medical Center.
Arthur (“Doc”) was born on June 17, 1933 in New York City to Arthur T. Hellwig and Dorothy (Dill) Hellwig. He was raised in Hillsdale, New Jersey, and later lived in Bedminster and Tewksbury.
He attended Westwood High School and earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Rhode Island and a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He served in the United States Army, earning the rank of captain as a dental surgeon.
Doc had a private dental practice in Bedminster, NJ for over forty years, retiring in 2004. He was known as a friendly and caring dentist, dedicated to helping his patients and the community. He was a long-standing member of St. Elizabeth & St. Brigid Roman Catholic Church in Peapack, NJ, where he served as an usher at 5 o'clock mass for over thirty-five years.
Arthur was an outstanding basketball player in both high school and college. In his senior year of high school varsity basketball, Art scored an amazing 399 points in that single year, helping to lead the team to win the 1951 New Jersey Division II Championship title.
He attended University of Rhode Island on a full sports scholarship, scoring over 1,000 points in his college career. He was known to often study on the bench at practice, choosing to major in Pre-Med even though his coach insisted he would not be able to successfully handle the demands of this major while playing college basketball. When he received his first acceptance letter to Dental School, he went straight to the coach to show him the letter. Arthur had a tremendous work ethic and let nothing stop him.
He enjoyed playing tennis and running at 5AM wearing combat boots, as he did in his Army years. He loved gardening and fishing with his son Bo, and had a wonderful sense of humor, always ready with good one-liners or an amusing story. His greatest joy was being with his family and was happiest when he had all of his children and grandchildren around him.
He is survived by his wife of over 35 years, Dr. Sharon Donahue Hellwig; his children: Bart Hellwig and wife Connie, Day Hellwig, Bo Hellwig and wife Dana Gibson, Kristen Glick and husband Philip, Bradford Hellwig and wife Carla; and brother Robert Hellwig and wife Antje. He will also be missed by his grandchildren: Kaitlin and Allison Glick, Alexander and Leah Hellwig, and Stephanie and Kyle Gibson.
Due to COVID restrictions, a private funeral service will be held for immediate family only. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made in his honor to Tewksbury First Aid & Rescue Squad or the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Trust.