Arthur Richard Hoyt Jr., 87, husband of Rose Hoyt, died April 12.

He was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to Arthur and Katherine (Tillman) Hoyt. He actively served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.

The former 33-year resident of Redding worked as a foreman for the Bridgeport Hydraulic Co. He and his wife retired to Hemlock Farms, Pa.

He enjoyed fishing and boating, along with many nights relaxing in his favorite chair outside while taking in the sights and sounds of nature.

He had a love for animals, especially for a stray cat he and his wife took in and named Pumpkin.

Known for his charismatic personality, he was referred to as "The Mayor" wherever he lived, and was known for having a heart of gold.

In addition to his wife of 65 years, he is survived by his children, Michael Hoyt, and his wife, Diane, of New Milford; Jeanne Hoyt-Kozenieski, and her husband, Peter, of Southbury; and Ray Hoyt, and his wife, Betsy, of Newtown; nine grandchildren, Karen, Katherine, Jim, Rosy, Becky, Andrea, Kevin, Matthew and Lindsay; and five great-grandchildren, Christopher, Cecilia, Ava, Natalie and Sean. He was predeceased by three siblings, Giles, Lillian and Florence.

Private burial will take place in Redding.

The Honan Funeral Home in Newtown was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to an animal shelter of one's choice.