Friday, June 2, 2023

Louis J. Arrotta, Jr.

August 3, 1936 – April 7, 2023 (age 86)

Town of Newburgh, NY

Louis Joseph Arrotta, also known as “Couch Lou”, of the Town of Newburgh, lifetime area resident, died on April 7, 2023 in Westchester, and has now joined “his field of dreams.” He was 86.

Son of the late Louis and Agustus Guardino Arrotta, he was born August 3, 1936 in Newburgh.

He retired from IBM in 1990 where he held various positions in management and personnel. After retiring from IBM, Arrotta was a baseball coach at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh until retirement in 2001. Lou was inducted into the MSMC Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

Arrotta graduated from Newburgh Free Academy in 1954 and served in the Armed Forces with the 11th Airborne Division, and also served in the 76th Tank Battalion. Following military service, he played semi-professional baseball for the Shapiro/Dodger Jewels and the Kingston Yankees. He was one of the organizers and first coaches of the Hudson Valley Rookie baseball league. During his lifetime he coached baseball for 43 years, which included 28 years coaching American Legion baseball. He also worked as an athletic trainer at West Point and was a former associate baseball scout.

Active in the community, he was a former chairman of the Town of Newburgh Recreation Commission and Town of Newburgh Recreation Advisory Board, former president and coach of the Town of Newburgh Little League, and former director and coach for Newburgh Pop Warner football. He was also a founding member and superintendent for construction in the Town of Newburgh Little League baseball site.

Past memberships included New York State Recreation and Parks Association, Hudson Valley Leisure Services, Our Lady of Hope Center and the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Survivors include his children, Jeffrey Louis and his wife Laura of Palm Harbor, Florida; David Steven of Budd Lake, New Jersey and his children, Michael and Alexander; his sister Helene Brown of Helena, Montana; former spouse and longtime friend, Elizabeth Dellamarco Bera; as well as his many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his son, Stephen Anthony and brother-in-law Robert Brown.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 13th, 2023 from 4:00 PM to 7:00PM at Brooks Funeral Home located on 481 Gidney Avenue, Newburgh NY.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 14th, 2023 at 10:00 AM in St. Francis of Assisi Church located at 145 Benkard Ave, Newburgh, NY, followed by military honors after Mass.

At Lou’s request, please wear something comfortable and be joyful with song and praise.

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