Dwight Winfield Arundale of Boca Grande, Florida, and Edgartown died peacefully on Friday, February 24.
Dwight was born in Aurora, Illinois, on November 5, 1935. He attended school in Aurora, at Punahou, Hawaii, the University of Colorado in Boulder, and U.S. Air Force Pilot and Fighter Pilot training schools.
Dwight was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force and flew F-86 Fighter Jets for the Wyoming National Guard. He was credited for buzzing the football stadium in Boulder, Colo., during game time to say hello to his fraternity brothers and girlfriend, later his wife and mother of his two children, Jean.
After having worked from the ground up in his father’s business, he moved his family to England and started his own company where he traded in noble metals. He retired in his mid 40s, attended art school in London full time, graduated and enjoyed a life of travel, friendship, and good times. Dwight met his second wife, Lynne, in London. She died in Boca Grande in 2007.
Dwight spent every summer on the Vineyard with his family since 1964, and he owned a home in Edgartown since the 1970s.
Dwight was a talented artist, avid golfer with two holes-in-one to his credit, accomplished pilot and sailor. He was a loving husband, brother, father, and grandfather. He was a generous but quiet benefactor, mentor, and friend. Happiness was his mantra and gratitude was his path to finding it. Some years ago, Dwight coined the acronym T.U.G., which stands for Thank U God. He said T.U.G. with sincerity each and every day.
The word “mentor” comes up in most of the conversations describing Dwight, “brother” in many others. Dwight’s bigger-than-life presence and “spot-on” sense of humor will be sorely missed by family and friends around the world.
Dwight is survived by his wife, Lisa Umberger Arundale; his son, Scott Arundale, and daughter-in-law, Jennifer, and granddaughters Lulu and Madye of Capistrano Beach, Calif.; his daughter, Linzi Light of London, England; and two brothers, Bob of La Jolla, Calif., and Doug of Wickie Wachee, Fla.
Per his request, a “Gathering of Family” will be held with his ashes spread in the gulf so that he can continue to “travel the world.”
Please visit the website www.englewoodfh.com to sign his guestbook, share memories and/or photos. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Doctors Without Borders.