Horkay, Arthur Thomas, a 46 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Saturday, February 7, 2009 in Torrance. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Arthur was 71 when he died. Arthur had served in the Army, was a member of Nativity Catholic Church, and received a Master's Degree from the University of Illinois. He worked for the City of Torrance as Director of Transportation for almost 30 years. Arthur is survived by his daughter, Mary Lu Horkay of Austin, TX; daughter, Julie (Eric) Li Fo Sjoe of Covina Hills, CA; son, Thomas Horkay of Torrance, CA; son, Greg Horkay of Lake Forrest, CA; sister, Marion Montgomery of San Diego, CA; former wife of 25 years, Joan Shartle of Victorville, CA; and 6 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Lucille Horkay. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Wednesday February 11, 2009 from 5 to 9pm. The Service will be held at Nativity Catholic Church in Torrance, time pending. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Covina Hills in Covina.

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  1. I have known Art for a long time and he has always been honest, trustworthy and honorable in all things. I have the deepest respect for his Traffic Engineering skills. In later years we consulted frequently on forensic engineering matters. I will miss him.

  2. Art was a very generous and kind man. I only knew him for the last few years but I knew what a remarkable person he was. I enjoyed eating at Big Boy’s with him and having a drink at Starbucks. I am saddened at the loss, and he will be missed.

  3. I have know Arrt for many years and swe enjoyed camping, boating , motorcycle trips with the families. In recent years, art was always there when I needed help on projects. we are going to miss him. My kids reminded of a Houseboat trip on lake Powell when we used his boat and I would call him from th the top of the houseboat and ask can you hear me now. Looks like we started the Version slogan. Bill and Yolande Darnell

  4. My late mother,Anita Laurinat, always spoke very highly of Art. It was also my privilege to have worked for him in the late 1980s as an intern. He was always friendly and generous with his time. My deepest sympathy.

  5. We are so sorry for your loss. 71 is too young to pass on but we have to believe that God knows best. Our prayers are with you at this sad time. Love Susan Armendariz & family

  6. I knew your family many years ago. I remember Art as being a great dad to you kids. I will be stopping in and seeing all of you on Weds. I’m so sorry Mary Lou and Julie for your loss.

  7. We are very sorry for your loss. Art was a wonderful neighbor and great friend. We have been neighbors for such a long time. We have so many fond memories of Art. He will be deeply missed. Our prayers are with your family.

  8. My earliest memories are of Art in jeans and a beat up grey sweatshirt working on his boat. We couldn’t have asked for better neighbors, obviously since I was named after one of the daughters.Please know you’re all in our prayers. Sincerest Condolences. Julie and William Finnimore

  9. Art was my first boyfriend when we were very young. We lost touch as the years went by but found each other again in 2002. Many emails and phone calls later, we gradually slowed down and it’s been awhile since we’ve ‘talked’. My husband and I did get to Torrance in 2004 and visited him at his lovely home for a couple days. It breaks my heart that I won’t be able to talk to him again. He’s always been a great guy and will be missed.

  10. Dear Joan, Mary Lu, Julie, Tommy, and Greg – You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. We are wishing you much peace as you are surrounded by friends and loved ones! Always – Tammy and Sandra

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with Art’s family in this time of sorrow. Just know Art is in a better place with loved ones looking after him as we now have another Angel looking after us. Love, Tom & DeeAnn

  12. Tom and Family, I just learned of your lose of your dad. I remember spending many great times with your family in the early 70’s with Tom and your siblings. Even then I was so impressed that your dad was such an important part of the City of Torrance. My family (Greg, Cindy and Hannah) will be praying for you in this time of lose and that the Lord would be comforting you during this time. God’s peace upon you, Greg Paskal and Family

  13. So very sorry to hear of Art’s passing. I know he will leave a large vacancy, as he had a large and productive life. I will remember him as a brilliant mind with a quick smile and an understated humor.Also as a fine provider of a comfortable home for your family. I know you have each taken those parts of him that were best into your own personalities and your lives are richer for it. Those are the qualities that insure his presence will be in the next generation as well and make his life truly eternal.

  14. Joan,Marylu,Julie,Tommy&Greg…Your dad has allways ben a wounderful man(father)Loved him like he was my own.Wish you all peace at this different time in life.God bless…Love yall…

  15. We all have lost a dear, loving man. Art, you are in a better peaceful place now….. but you will be missed dearly…. Art you were the love of my life…and I think and pray you have known that. You’ve made me a better person and I will always remember that… You are with my Dad now, that makes me happy…. rest now… and one day we will be together again. All my Love, Your lisa

  16. Art was one of those people who did not take life and friendships litely. He was genuine in his approach to strangers and unique in personality. I look forward to counting cars with him in the hereafter. Rest in peace Art.

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