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  1. Tina, Alex, and Christina,

    I am so sorry to hear of Art’s passing. He was an amazing person and friend. He always talked about what a great family he had and how lucky he was to have a wonderful wife and amazing kids. He always made me laugh and was so genuine in love for people. I will miss him.

    May God bless you during this sad time. I know Art will be watching over you from Heaven.

  2. This saddens me so much. Known Art since kindergarten, he’s such an awesome guy. I’m in tears. Thoughts and prayers to the family whom I’ve known for so many years. RIP my brutha, til we meet again .
    Garry Wilks

  3. Tina, my heart and condolences goes out to you and the family.

    As a friend and a co-worker Art made EVERYONE feel special. He was a sweet, caring, honorable and the happiest man I knew. He loved life, you and the kids…he was so very proud of you ALL.

    You know, the last time that Art & I spoke on the phone he asked me how he would feel when his father leaves this world. I told him that he should celebrate his life not his death or sickness. Well, I want to celebrate Art’s life. As a Sales Manager at Dean Witter we were not just friends or colleagues we were FAMILY!! You can’t find that anywhere anymore.. Art spent the time and effort to have company events so his co-workers could have fun and feel special. Art worked very hard for the LA branch and we were #1 for years.. I’ll miss you very much my friend

  4. As a high school mate of Art, I am the same age. For all of us it is painful to lose one of our own. However, to those who lose their cherished ones, there is no comparable depth of feeling.
    I’m so sorry for what you are experiencing now and hope that your grief quickly lightens to reveal only loving memories of Art.

  5. Tina and family… what a beautiful and loving man Art was. So sweet, so sensitive, so loyal, and caring. I’m so very grateful that our lives collided for a while on this earth. We had some good talks about tamales, barbecuing, and “back in the day” conversations together. I always made sure that I had Twix in my candy dish for him (or saved in a drawer so nobody would get them but Art). His smile was contagious and his love for you, Alec and Christina radiated through him. I will always remember him with good memories. Love you, my friend.

  6. Art and I always had a great friendship through high school and afterwards as well. Back when we freshman at Redondo, he and I used to hang out at the Olde Towne mall where my dad had a shop in Artisans Way. We had electronics together in Mr. Friebels class and used to get in constant trouble by blowing up the electronics panels by shorting them out. Mr Friebel didn’t care for our antics too much and used to break out the paddle regularly. In fact, it was so regular that Art and I used to stuff padding in our pants because it would literally take the wind out of you when he hit you with it. Those were the days…. We rekindled our friendship much later after high school when he and Tina would take dance lessons from my wife. They seemed to really enjoy that. Art, I miss you buddy and I regret not being able to rekindle the friendship once again. May you rest in peace my brother. Tina, I’m so sorry for your loss. Please accept mine and Carol’s most sincere condolences. I’ve not been able to stop the tears whenever I think of him since I heard about it. He was such a great dude.

  7. I was fortunate to know Art in high school. What I remember most about him is that he always had a smile and a kind word. He made wherever he was a better place to be. I offer my sincere condolences to his family.

  8. Art, you’ll definitely be missed. I remember when we first met at the former Adams Jr. High. Me, you Richard Utter. Many good memories and lots of fun growing up through high school. My thoughts to your family during this time.

  9. It’s hard for me to believe that someone as nice as Art could die. Not that being a nice person saves you from the inevitable, but it ought to. Art was one of the only people I’ve ever known that no one disliked – I can honestly say that I’ve never heard anyone say anything negative about him. He was always positive, always concerned with others, and always there if he thought you needed him. This was a role model – not someone who pretended to be one, but someone who naturally did the things we’d all like to think we’re capable of (only Art did it effortlessly – at least it seemed that way to everyone who knew him). I’m really sorry – and sad – to know he’s gone. But while he was here, he lived as well – as kindly – as anyone I’ve ever met. So, I just want to say for myself (and another friend of Art’s, John Elder, who died without getting a chance to tell Art himself) how glad we are to have had a friend as good as Art was. We loved you, and miss you. – Mark.

  10. I am sad to hear of your passing my old Amigo. It saddens me we didn’t get the chance to meet up like we where planning to. But I take condolences in knowing we will meet again. May you rest in peace old friend My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  11. It was very hard to hear the news about Art, it broke my heart! I will always remember the fond times we all shared together at Redondo High and.after! Art had an infectious smile and way about him that I will always remember and cherish, he will truly be missed! May God comfort his family and friends during this time.

  12. Art was my classmate from RUHS class of 1978. We played in marching band together for 4 years. Art was always the one everyone looked up to. He had an incredibly positive outlook and was always very cool to everyone. When you talked with Art – you felt like you were a special person. Everyone in our classes looked at Art as the “benchmark”. In band, in sports and in classes, everyone said – “that’s how I want to be – like Art”. I will always remember Art !

    Tina and family – My wife Jaci and I have you in our prayers. Art is in a better place now ! And one day we will meet again.

    God Bless

    Joe and Jaci DeSimone

  13. Bye Art, say hi to god. I’m so sad about you leaving us so soon. I hope your in the arms of Angel’s, because that’s what you were.

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