Arnold F. Wellman, Jr. ("Arnie"), 61, of Manhattan Beach, CA died October 7, 2015 from complications related to a lung transplant for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He was born in Waterbury, Connecticut the only son of Arnold and Alice (Ryan) Wellman. He majored in Political Science at Southern Connecticut State University and attended Emory Business School in Atlanta. Arnie was the youngest person elected to Connecticut's state legislature and served three terms (1977-1982) representing Connecticut's 76th assembly district. In addition, Arnie was employed by UPS for 38 years. He built his career in UPS operations and ultimately was the President of Global Public Affairs, where he was responsible for worldwide government affairs activities for the 220 countries and territories UPS serves. During these years Arnie was instrumental in working with his colleagues to build schools, computer facilities and access to clean water and sanitation in remote and less developed regions of many countries. His welcoming smile was appreciated and shared by the thousands of children and villagers who still benefit from this work. Arnie served on the Board of Directors for many non-profits including, the Annie E. Casey Foundation Board, the American Trucking Association Executive Committee, the National Bureau of Asian Research, the United States Council for International Business, the Committee for Hispanic Children & Families, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the U.S. Capital Historical Society. Arnie authored a genealogical book, "Descendants of William Wellman of Connecticut" which was published in 2014. Arnie loved spending time outdoors especially in the mountains. He enjoyed running and cycling. Arnie's grandfather taught him how to build dry stacked stone walls and he built stone walls at every home where he lived. These walls will stand forever. He'd often be on his Kubota tractor, moving rocks or working in the garden, generously sharing bulbs and other delights with his friends. Arnie always put others first. He graciously helped many people overcome obstacles in their life's journey by quietly assisting in the background. His sense of humor and love of life will be missed. Arnie is survived by his beloved Wife, Jennifer, his children Andrew, Alden, Avery and Abagael; stepchildren Rebecca and Ben; grandchildren Abigail, Emma, Caten and Finnegan; sisters Shelly and Marianne; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Jennifer. A celebration of life service will be held at 12:30 pm on Friday, October 16, in the chapel at Rice Mortuary, Torrance, CA, followed by a gathering of family and friends in the Reception Room from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. A private burial will be held in Connecticut. Flowers can be sent to Rice Mortuary, or in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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  1. For anyone who got to know Arnie, you learned just how deeply caring, deeply loyal, deeply capable, and fun he was. He was for many their no-nonsense, effective champion.

  2. From the days that young Arnie rode his bicycle around our neighborhood here in Plymouth, CT, he has traveled through life with his business accomplishments and helping others. Sincere sympathy to all his family,
    Marie Mac Dermid

  3. Leslie and I are so saddened by Arnie’s passing. Arnie was a wonderful friend to us both.

    Arnie and I first met when he was a Connecticut State Representative and I was a Member of Congress. Part of his legislative district overlapped mine. Later, when I became the president and CEO of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, Arnie and UPS became great supporters of our mission and Arnie was an outstanding member of our Board of Trustees.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Arnie and the entire Wellman family.

  4. I am so saddened to hear this. My condolences to the entire family. I knew Arnie years ago in CT when he and my mother were involved in politics together. I believe he had a major role in her becoming Plymouth, CT’s first female Mayor. RIP Arnie.

  5. I had the opportunity to grow up and work side by side with Arnie. This is a shock. His great nature and love for others will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are always with his family.

  6. While deeply saddened, I am happy to have known and worked closely with him. I know you probably are as well. I am also happy about his visible quality of life: he enjoyed retirement until his lung issues worsened.
    His strong style of leadership influenced me and I think many at UPS. Throughout the 27 years I knew him, he was true to himself, invested in those who were on his team, owned outcomes that were not to his liking, and gave credit to others for good outcomes. I am better for having known him and am happy and thankful for that.

  7. Diane and I wish to express our deepest sympathy on Arnie\’s passing. He was a true and loyal friend who served his community and who helped so many people. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  8. Joe & Cherise Spellman
    Our hearts are heavy and our memories are vivid … we are so fortunate that Arnie and Jenna built their beautiful cabin next door to ours. Arnie was full of life, so kind and loving and generous…a true example of someone who lived life presently and danced with the rhythm of nature . We will miss the echo of a chain saw in the Aspen groves. Beauty followed his every step or stone he stacked…We love you Arnie…you enriched our lives and memories…our love and prayers are with Jenna and Family…we miss you…

  9. My deepest sympathy to the entire Wellman family, his two Sisters and extended family in CT. Arnie helped through a very difficult time of my life and for that I will always be grateful and will cherish those wonderful memories. Rest in Peace my friend.

  10. My sincere sympathies to the Wellman family. I worked with him from 1984 In Greenwich CT onward at UPS. He was a friend and business partner who pioneered our US domestic and International growth as a company. He was also a true friend who always was there to lean on. Tom Walsh

  11. Some of the best professional words of wisdom I received for Arnie as a Legislative Assistant at UPS on Capitol Hill. “Don’t ask, don’t get”. Thanks to Arnie I have gone places both personally and professionally with his words in mind. His memory will be eternal. Jayna A.

  12. Some of the best professional words of wisdom I received from Arnie as a Legislative Assistant at UPS on Capitol Hill. “Don’t ask, don’t get”. Thanks to Arnie I have gone places both personally and professionally with his words in mind. His memory will be eternal.

  13. I love Arnie; he taught me so much! We are Arnie’s Army; loaded with Arnie isms like ” if not you – who? If not now when?” He was so intense that he lit up every room. You aspired to be like him, to please him, and mostly – to anticipate his next question and show him you were prepared. But, you could never beat Arnie; into the office or racing up a hill- you’d be lucky to keep pace. Thanks dear friend for some of the best life experiences I’ve ever had (China, Mexico, Canada) and it all happened at work because of your insight and leadership. I miss you so much – even though I haven’t seen you for years – your spirit lives on within me and so many others!

  14. Arnie and I collaborated quite a bit on family history and research. He was a really great guy and I am very happy to have made that connection with him. He will be sorely missed by the Daileys.

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