Arthur J. Batacchi, 99, longtime owner of the former Batacchi Dairy Farm on Lime Kiln Road in Sheffield, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2019, at home.
A native and lifelong resident of Sheffield, Arthur was born May 31, 1920, at home, the son of John and Maria Polastri 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 over 80 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 daughter Cheryl Baker of Norfolk, Virgina; son Arthur Batacchi Jr. and wife Rebecca of Sheffield; four grandchildren: Catherine Copas and husband Joel of Albion, Indiana, Rachele Bonhotel and husband Jason of Lakeville, Connecticut, Hillary Baker and husband David Herstein of Norfolk, Virginia, and Alexis Batacchi of Sheffield. He also leaves three great-grandsons: Jakob and Jaxon Copas and Jesse Bonhotel; great-granddaughter Amelia Herstein; and several nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
He was predeceased Oct. 9, 2008, by his wife of 65 years, Betty Mead Batacchi. The couple was married June 15, 1943, at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Sheffield. He was also predeceased by brother Paul Batacchi; sisters Elsie Bull, Lucia Larkin and Rose Cosgriff; and son-in-law Thomas “Jack” Baker.
A service celebrating the life of Arthur J. Batacchi will be held Saturday, June 15, at 11 a.m. at FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME in Great Barrington, conducted by Rev. Betty LeGeyt. Burial will follow at Sheffield Center Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday, June 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions in his memory may be made to either HospiceCare 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 c/o FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to the family, go to www.finnertyandstevens.com.