Raymond E. Arnold Jr. lived, breathed and served Red Lion.

"He had Red Lion at heart all his life," said his friend, Robert Fishel. "He always was quite active. He always wanted to be doing things for the community."

Arnold, who was the borough's manager from 1977 until retiring in 2005, died at home Wednesday, Dec. 11. He was 70.

A celebration of life service was held for him Thursday at Life Tributes by Olewiler & Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory Inc. in Red Lion.

Among his survivors are his wife of 49 years, Sandra Arnold; a son, Troy Arnold of Red Lion; and two grandsons.

Friendship: Fishel, a retired sergeant of the former Red Lion Police Department, said he and Arnold were friends since they were students at Red Lion Area Senior High School. They graduated together in 1961, he said.

"We were classmates and then we worked together," Fishel said. "We basically had breakfast together every morning of the week at Lion Pride Restaurant.

We had a vacation home together for 31 years. Our wives are close friends."

Arnold served in the Red Lion Ambulance Club since its inception in 1974. He was on the club's board for 19 years. He was a firefighter, driver and officer with the Red Lion Fire Department, serving there for more than 30 years.

Service: Arnold joined the Red Lion Lion's Club in 1993. He was its president in 1996 and 1997 and began serving as club's treasurer in 2002, said Donald Dippner Jr., the club's president.

"He kept excellent books," Dippner said of Arnold. "He's going to be a tough act to follow. He's a detail person, down to the penny. The only time he missed a meeting was to see his grandsons play sports. He's a good guy. I will definitely miss him."

Even as his health declined, Arnold still did whatever he could to participate in Lions Club activities to benefit the community, Dippner said.

Arnold received the Catherine Meyer Award in 2005 in recognition of his outstanding service to Red Lion during his lifetime, said Bradley Smith, a borough councilman who knew Arnold for 40 years.

"He definitely loved Red Lion, the school, the town, the whole place," Smith said. "He was very passionate about the town. He was a good friend. You could count on him when he said something."

--Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.