Somerville Remembering Arnold J. (Bud) Knox Jr.

We are saddened to inform you of the death of long-time Somerville Kiwanis member Arnold J. (Bud) Knox Jr.

Bud died this past week. He was the owner of the former Knox Dodge on Broadway in Ball Square for many years. Bud was a member of the Somerville Kiwanis Club since February of 1969, nearly 50 years of community service. He was a very active member of Kiwanis and in the Somerville community.

Last month, Bud and his wife Evelyn celebrated their 70th anniversary. The passing of Bud will leave a deep void in our club and he will be greatly missed by us and the many family and friends who loved him.


KNOX, Arnold, Jr. “Bud” Of Lexington, formerly of Reading, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of 70 years to Evelyn M. (Taintor) Knox. Devoted father of Jeffrey A. Knox and his wife Carolyn of Milford; Barry J. Knox and his wife Marie of Dover, NH; and Wendy E. (Knox) Costello and her husband Joseph of Lexington. Loving Poppa to Rachel and her husband Tom, Katie and her husband Christian, Christopher and his wife Caitlyn, Julie and her husband Michael, Brendan, Joey, Catherine, Jenna, Jackie and her husband Joseph, Alison, and Jeffrey. Proud great-grandfather to Maggie, Sydney, and Ethan.

Bud was the steadfast second-generation President of Knox Dodge on Broadway in Somerville, a landmark Dodge dealership in Ball Square for over 60 years. Bud’s accomplishments in the community were vast, and he was widely admired.

A civic-minded man of service who served the city he loved, Bud was on the Board of Directors of: the Somerville Family Services (Treasurer), Somerville Kiwanis Club (President & Treasurer), Somerville Chamber of Commerce (President & Executive Secretary), Somerville Home for the Aged (President), Somerville YMCA (President & Treasurer), Somerville Savings Bank, Somerset Savings Bank, and the Somerville Public Safety Commission. Bud’s community service extended to his hometown of Reading where he volunteered for Boy Scouts of America (Scout Master), Little League Baseball (President), and the Reading Art Association (BOD & Treasurer).

A member of the “Greatest Generation”, Bud was a Lexington High School graduate and was drafted into the U.S. Navy where he served his country in WWII meeting his future bride of 70 years. Upon return, he earned a business degree in accounting from Bentley College as a member of the academic fraternity Kappa Pi Alpha. Throughout his lifetime, Bud and Evelyn enjoyed traveling together, the arts, and attending all sporting events of their children and grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be held at the Douglass Funeral Home, 51 Worthen Road, LEXINGTON. (781) 862-1800 on Sunday, December 9th, 4 -7pm. Funeral Services will be at the Union Congregational Church of North Reading at 148 Haverhill Street on Monday, December 10th at 10 am. Interment at Charles Lawn Cemetery in Reading. For directions and expressions of sympathy, In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( or Wounded Warrior Project( Lexington 781-862-1800
Published in The Boston Globe on Dec. 7, 2018

One thought on “Somerville Remembering Arnold J. (Bud) Knox Jr.”

  1. Buddy was a great guy and a perfect gentleman. I got to know Buddy while serving with him on The Somerville Public Safety Commission. Buddy gave so much to the City of Somerville and its residents.

    He was always volunteering his time at the Special Olympics every year at the Eugene Brune Fieldhouse at Somerville High.

    My condolences go out to his family. Buddy was a true Son of Somerville. RIP.

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