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Andover coach Iworsley passes

posted Jan 3, 2017, 5:10 PM by Paul Williams
Arthur William Iworsley passed away unexpectedly on December 31, in his sleep. 

An aspect of Art’s life was his love of track and field. Under the leadership of Richard Collins he became a long and triple jump coach for Andover High School. He started coaching in the early 1970s and was coaching with Peter Comeau and the rest of the coaching staff until his death. Many of his track athletes say he inspired them to be better people not just better athletes. 

Arthur was born in Lawrence, Mass. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mack and Lorraine Iworsley; and his in-laws, Arthur and Barbara Graves. 

He grew up in Lawrence and attended St Patrick’s Elementary School and then Lawrence High School. While at LHS he developed his love of physical education. He participated in indoor and outdoor track and field with a concentration on the long and triple jumps. He was a member of the Lawrence High School band. 

Art continued his love of education and of sports at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. He was on the football team for one year and on the track and field team for four years. He graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. He supplemented his cash flow by teaching physical education at the local catholic elementary school for $1 an hour. He taught grades one through six during his off time when he did not have a class. Art met his then to be wife, Katherine Graves, at Doane. 

After graduation, he got a job teaching physical education at West Elementary School in Andover. He taught at West for most of his 41 years. He found the perfect job at the right time at the right school. He loved teaching and making physical education an important part of every child’s education at West.  

While teaching at West, Art continued his education at Lowell State College and received his Master’s Degree in Education. 
After retirement in 2011, Art continued to teach by being a substitute teacher of Physical Education for West Elementary School, High Plain Elementary School, and Bancroft School, all of Andover. The children in those schools would see his Smart Car in the parking lot and they would hope that he would be there to teach them.  

Art also had a love for traveling. He, his wife, and son, Eric explored the Canadian Rockies, went to Hawaii, and cruised Alaska and Western Europe and the Mediterranean Sea. This past summer he and his wife and grandson, Ryan spent two weeks traveling by car out to Nebraska and back. They visited many historical sites. 

About 10 years ago, Art joined the Lawrence United Lodge. His father was a Mason and he wanted to continue the tradition. He was the treasurer of the Lodge. Art enjoyed this way to give back to his home town. He made lifelong friends while a Mason brother, and they will miss his commitment to the Masons and his humor and caring. In November, he joined the Shriners and was looking forward to being a part of that great brotherhood. 

Art’s generosity extended to his time spent volunteering. For approximately 30 years he volunteered at the Boston Museum of Science in the Discovery Center on Sundays, the one day he did not have other activities planned. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Service League of the Museum of Science. Sharing his passion for science with children and their families fulfilled another aspect of his love of teaching. 

Arthur will be sorely missed by his wife of 45 years, Kathy; his daughter, Joy and her husband, John Lotz; and his son, Eric, all of Andover; his sister, Alyce and her husband, Stephen Arsenault of Lawrence; his brother, Kevin Iworsley and his wife, Susan from Griswold, Conn.; his sister-in-law, Pat Smith and her daughter, Kimberly of Brunswick, Maine. He will be missed by his two grandchildren, Ryan Iworsley and John Lotz, Jr., both of Andover; nephews and nieces, Joel Arsenault of Lawrence; Heidi and her husband, Robert Broadly of Danville, N.H.; Daniel and Danielle Iworsley of Rockland, Mass.; the late Timothy Iworsley of Griswold, Conn.; and Maria and Nathan Iworsley of Griswold, Conn. He will also be missed by his many cousins and colleagues and friends and his students from High Plain Elementary, West Elementary and Bancroft Schools. 

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 28 Florence Street, Andover, MA. There will a service conducted by the Masons at 7 p.m. The burial service will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, the family respectably requests the following: In honor of Arthur you may contribute to The Always Forward Project that Art and two of his friends have started. “The Always Forward Project focuses on creating, enabling and enhancing educational opportunities and learning experiences for high school and college age individuals who as high school students participate or participated in extracurricular activities.” The web site address is http://www.thealwaysforwardproject.org. Contributions may be made online or mailed to The Always Forward Project, P.O. Box 112, Andover, MA 01810. 

To leave online condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com. 
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