MEMORIAL SERVICE: October 25, 2010 INTERNMENT: Riverside National Cemetery INTERNMENT TIME: Friday, October 29, 2010, 11:00 a.m.. Arthur John Williams, Sr., born October 31, 1922, passed away at his home in Redondo Beach surrounded by family and loved ones on October 22, 2010. He leaves a legacy of two sons Arthur, Jr. (Kathyrn) and James (Deanna), 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Born in Los Angeles, Art was a life-long resident of the South Bay and graduated from Redondo Union High School in 1946. Art served as a Staff Sergeant in the US Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater in the 233rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Searchlight Battalion. He married Clara Lucille Lake on February 3, 1951. They were married for 37 years and he lovingly cared for her during her long illness. Art parlayed his love for cars and all things mechanical into a successful auto-electric business. He ran the operation on Torrance Boulevard in Redondo Beach until 1957. He then joined the Redondo Beach Fire Department, serving as master mechanic in addition to his duties as a fireman until he retired in 1977. He enjoyed camping with his family in Big Sur, vacationing with friends, and was a lifetime member of the Redondo Beach Elks Lodge #1378. Family was everything to Art and he constantly worked hard to support and care for them all. He will be missed for his quick wit, dry sense of humor, and his unending generosity. The family is extremely grateful for the loving care provided by Mely and Minerva and the entire MHCS Caregivers team. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to MHCS c/o P.O. Box 4222, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Funeral services to be held on Monday, October 25, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA. Military internment at Riverside National Cemetery, Friday, October 29, 2010, 11:00 a.m..

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  1. May you all feel at peace, knowing that he is no longer suffering. May you all feel hope, knowing that someday you will be reunited with him again. Most importantly, may you all feel love, as you embrace one another and share your fond memories of your loved one. All our love to the family. From Brad, Lisa, Maddie, Sean & Gloria.

  2. I did not have the honor of working with Artie as I hired on to RBFD after Artie had retired. However I did have the pleasure of meeting and speaking with him several times over the years. He was a very nice man and I enjoyed hearing his stories about the RBFD years-gone-by. My condolences to his family. Owen Evans RBFD 1981 to current

  3. For the last two of his birthday celebrations and the few times I visit him at his home, he would always ask: “Who are you?” We then hit it together after re-introducing myself. I perceive him as a jovial man, one who loves Big Macs and strawberry shakes, who goes for Old American Soup (but appreciates clam chowder anyway). Usually he would laugh at my own little inane jokes. And of course we both served in the military. He has mentioned being in Panay, Philippines. Now that he is UP there, he does have the advantage of a panoramic view of the universe, and possibly a glimpse of what immortality means. Best regards to his family members.

  4. Mely and I cared for GrandPa (as I call him). I took over from Emily the trimming of his hair. Trimming his fingernails could be a problem if he has decided not to cooperate. We were responsible for his daily care, and it is impossible for him not to grow on us. I do miss him. I wish his family members the best of everything, and thank them for their kindness, concerns for us, and most generous treatment one could expect from anyone.

  5. Hello up there, Mr. Williams Sr. I wish I could have paid more attention to your questions for the two times that I met you, one when we went out for lunch at Soup Plantation. Alas, I was paying more attention to my Nintendo DS, as all 7-year old boys do. If you find the time away from the angels, could you write me a note about what is the predominant color in heaven: is it green or is it blue? If not, I guess I shall find out myself in few decades. God bless you.

  6. Artie and Jimmy, Your dad is busy fixing and crafting things I’m sure. I have vivid memories of him as we were growing up and learning from him – he was quite talented. Best to you and your families. Dave

  7. On behalf of the Redondo Beach Fire Department and myself, please accept our condolences. We have lost a member of our Fire family, he will not be forgotten. My prayers and wishes are with your family…

  8. Our Dad and G’pa would have been 88 yesterday on Halloween! He loved passing out candy to the North Paulina Street spooks and goblins each year. Our family is most appreciative of all the kind thoughts and well wishes. Mahalo to all!

  9. I’ve always felt he was my Grandpa too. I have lots of memories with Granpda Williams, especially crushing cans in the backyard and trick-or-treating. I’m sorry he’s not here anymore. I can’t imagine anyone else in that house on Paulina! I’m sure he’s happy now. My love to all the family.

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