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Arthur J. Batacchi

SHEFFIELD — Arthur J. Batacchi, 99, longtime owner of the former Batacchi Dairy Farm on Lime Kiln Road in Sheffield, passed away on June 8, 2019 at home.

A native and lifelong resident of Sheffield, Arthur was born at home on May 31, 1920, the son of Maria (Polastri) and John Batacchi.  Known as Jimmy in his early years, he attended the Lime Kiln one-room schoolhouse and began farming as a teenager.  

Mr. Batacchi operated the family farm for 80-plus years.  He was joined by his nephew/ business partner James Larkin in the early 1960s.  In 1988, Arthur retired and passed business ownership to his son, Arthur Batacchi Jr.  His nephew continues to operate the dairy as the Larkin Farm, LLC.  

Arthur served in the Massachusetts State Guard. He was an agent for the Agrico Fertilizer Company, which provided him the opportunity to form many lasting relationships with Berkshire County farmers.  Even in retirement Mr. Batacchi continued farming and at 98 was seen cutting grass in the neighborhood.  

Arthur is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Baker of Norfolk, Va.; his son. Arthur Batacchi Jr. and his wife, Rebecca, of Sheffield; four grandchildren, Catherine Copas and her husband, Joel, of Albion, Ind., Rachele Bonhotel and her husband, Jason, of Lakeville, Hillary Baker and her husband, David Herstein of Norfolk, Va., and Alexis Batacchi of Sheffield; three great-grandsons, Jakob and Jaxon Copas and Jesse Bonhotel; a great-granddaughter, Amelia Herstein; as well as several nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Betty (Mead) Batacchi, on Oct. 9, 2008. The couple was married on June 15, 1943, at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Sheffield.  

He was also predeceased by a brother, Paul Batacchi; three sisters, Elsie Bull, Lucia Larkin and Rose Cosgriff; and his son-in-law, Thomas “Jack” Baker.

A service celebrating the life of Arthur J. Batacchi was held on Saturday, June 15, at the Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home in Great Barrington, the Rev. Betty LeGeyt officiating. Burial followed at Sheffield Center Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to either Hospice Care in the Berkshires, the Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad or the Aurigan Scholarship Fund for the establishment of the Arthur J. Batacchi Memorial Scholarship Fund for a deserving senior from Mount Everett Regional High School who has exhibited a commitment to the field of agriculture. Donations may be sent to Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230.  

To send remembrances to the family, go to www.finnertyandstevens.com.