SALEM — Mr. Arthur W. Latinik, 87, of Salem, affectionately known as Chief WaWa, died July 8, 2013, at his home following a brief illness.
Born in Salem, he was the son of the late Joseph and Beatrice (Vaughn) Latinik. He was raised and educated in Salem and was a graduate of Salem High School.
An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country as a member of the United States Navy during World War II.
Mr. Latinik had been employed as a custodian with the City of Salem School Department until the time of his retirement. He had previously been employed as the Chief Armorer at the Salem Armory on Essex Street in Salem for many years. Since the time of his retirement he was associated with the Salem Public Library.
A lifelong member of the Grace Episcopal Church in Salem, Arthur served as Sexton of the church for many years. He was a member and past President of the Massachusetts Armorer’s Association, he was a fifty year member of the V.F.W. Post 1524 of Salem and was a member of the former V.F.W. National Drum Corps of Salem that traveled to California in 1940. He was an instructor for the former P.L.A.V. Drum and Bugle Corps of Salem, a former member of the six time National Champion Lt. Norman Prince Drum and Bugle Corps of Boston, where he played the Baritone Horn. In 1953 he was awarded the National Championship in the Baritone Horn Individual Contest. He was an avid walker and was known for his kind nature and will be deeply missed.
Arthur is survived by his sister, Geraldine B. (Albert) Schutz of Salem and his brother, David J. Latinik of Beverly, and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Raymond L. Latinik, Harry A. Latinik and Walter E. Latinik.