Our Founder

On Monday, March 31, 2008, the founder of our organization, Arnie Busher, passed away. His dedication and true belief that a student’s character should count equally with academics and athletics was and is the inspiration behind the success of ┬áMainely Character. Through the creation of this scholarship program, Arnie shined a light on the successes of students in the skills that truly count in life — courage, honesty, integrity, responsibility. His work lives on through the students Mainely Character supports each year.

Arnold Bushner

Arnold BushnerPORTLAND, MAINE ARNOLD M. BUSHNER CLU, (Chartered Life Underwriter) ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant) – Financial Advisor, Senior Managing Principal, Financial Benefit Services Corporation. Arnold Michael Bushner, 58, resident of Old Orchard Beach and Melbourne Beach, FL died Monday, March 31, 2008 at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. He was born March 21, 1950 in Lynn, MA a son of Joseph and Ruth (Feldman) Bushner. He graduated from Lynn English High School and received a Bachelors degree from New Hampshire College in Manchester, NH which is now part of the University of New Hampshire system. Arnie was a self employed financial advisor who ran Financial Benefit Services Corporation in Portland for several years. He was an active member of the Board of Directors of the VNA Home Health Care of South Portland, a past president of the International Association of Financial Planners, and had hosted a radio show on WGAN entitled “On the Money”. Arnie a most loving, devoted husband and father will be truly missed. Arnie cared very deeply about family and made it known to his loved ones. He was so very proud of his girls and his wife. Arnies success in life was attributed to his positive outlook and always looking on the bright side. He was able to put a smile on your face and made you laugh with his clever sense of humor. Arnies integrity and loyalty to his business brought him much respect. The trust and confidence from his clients, partners and associates also brought longtime friendships that were so amazing throughout his career. Arnie said “I will always do for you and your family as I would do for mine” he cared and strived to do the very best for his clients and their families. Arnies passion for life and friendship was radiant at social gatherings and he was never more at peace then on a warm summer day boating with family and friends on Casco Bay. Arnies move to Florida allowed him to enjoy his love of golf, swimming, fishing and being outdoors. He and his family enjoyed many adventures traveling most recently on an Eastern Caribbean Cruise. He is survived by his wife of 30 years Sharon (Fournier) Bushner of Old Orchard and Melbourne Beach, FL; three daughters, Lauren Bushner and her husband, Casey Silva of Biddeford, ME, Leah Bushner of Rhode Island and Molly Bushner of Portland; a brother Norman and his wife, Ellen Bushner of Newburyport, MA; a niece Jodi and her husband, Brian Donovan of Georgetown, MA, Nara and her husband, Ryan OLeary and their son, Lucas of Newburyport, MA.