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Arthur "Big Art" Harvath

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I had the honor of serving with Art in Sinop Turkey. He was always ready with a joke or a poke to help you forget whatever seemed to be bugging you. I know I learned a thing or two about life and friendship from him. I'll never forget his laugh.
From: Mike Holtzclaw    05/29/2012 05:02 PM

I have such fond memories of Art, we were stationed together in Sinop Turkey and spent many hours playing "Acee Ducee" listening to Elvis Costello, drinking wine. We travelled together around Turkey and he was such a warm hearted and engaging companion. His memory is so dear and I grieve for your loss. Bobbie Bruner
From: Bobbie Bruner    05/15/2009 02:32 PM

To the Harvath Family I am so saddened by the news that Art is no longer with us. During my days at Marshall Univ. 1974-79, Art was my best friend and roommate. Through the years we still remained somewhat in communication. I will always remenber Art for his dog "Bones", his love of the TV show "Bonanza, swinning in the Uptowner pool, and just hanging around and loving life.Mike, I am deeply sorry for the lost of a very fine man and I will always remenber the times we spent togeather. Sincerely, Robyn Headley-Brunson
From: Robyn Headley-Brunson    12/29/2008 06:12 AM

Dear Mike, I just heard of the awful news of Art's passing.Art was my first and only "love".We shared so much togeather and it seems like only yesterday when I saw him in Istanbul. My heart is broken,yet I am happy that he was able to turn his life around. He will always be special to me. I hope you don't mind me writing to you but your brother, my best friend espicially at Marshall will always be cherished in my heart. Take care and I hope ytou don't mind me sending this to you. I know I was part of his "wilder" years but he was and always be part of my life. Take care. Robyn Headley-Brunson
From: Robyn Headley    12/29/2008 06:12 AM

I had the pleasure of taking care of Art in the hospital. I was his nurse for two days and was very saddened to hear of his passing. He appreciated every thing we did for him and made me feel that I made a difference in his life. It was truly a pleasure to know him.
From: Jessica Compton    12/21/2008 09:05 AM

I had the pleasure to work with Art at Inco Alloys. Art was a dedicated and hard worker and always gave 110%. One holiday season, I was forced to work 3-11 on both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, the only person in the entire department. Art visited me on both holidays brining me a holiday meal so that I would not spend the holidays alone. This is just the kind of man he was and I will never forget his generosity.
From: Roger Dilley    12/20/2008 10:39 AM

I was very sad to hear of Art's passing. He was such a lively and pleasant person to be around. I worked with him at INCO and we had a lot of laughs together. His smile was contagious. My heart goes out to the family.
From: Melissa Staley    12/18/2008 02:43 PM

To Mary and Mike,my prayers and thoughts are with you,(miss you guys). To Cyndi,I never had the honor of meeting you,but I know how special Art is,May God Bless You. To Art,one of the best and most special of friends during our youth and young adult life.We lost touch with each other,but will always be connected in a special way. Thanks for the phone call,I wish you would have told me. Goodbye my friend... Danny
From: Danny Courts    12/18/2008 02:43 PM

Art and myself hired into Steel of WV at the same time and from the first time we talked we were friends. He was a man who loved life and was a pleasure to be around. It is sad to hear of Art's passing and my thoughts and prayers go to the family. I am sure Art is smiling where he is now and is as loved as he was with his family and friends. GOD SPEED.
From: Wes Harbour    12/18/2008 02:43 PM

My condolences to the family and to Cindy. I knew Art from, and we debated many issues, agreed, disagreed and exchanged ideas and thoughts, and I am proud to say I learned a lot from Art. The city lost a dear friend, the family lost someone they loved, and I want you to know I am thinking of you. Somewere Art is wearing the sweater, the sweater we all teased him about, and he took it all in stride.
From: Bill Pinson "mrmajestyk"    12/18/2008 04:43 AM

To Cyndi and Art's family, my sincere condolences. I knew him in high school and for many years thereafter. Always greeted with a smile and a good story, a pleasure to be around. Art possessed a superior intellect that was as unassuming as his demeanor. Kind and good-hearted, a true gentleman. Soar above the stars, my friend.
From: Pam Rone-DeBiasio    12/18/2008 04:43 AM

Art was a good friend of my sister Beverly McGinnis. Him,Debbie and Bev all grew up together. He was a great guy. Generous with his time and love,would help anyone in need, and loved unconditionally. It may have been several years since we last spoke or saw each other, but I am saddened by his death. His passing has left a hole in the world.
From: Elizabeth Mayes    12/18/2008 04:43 AM

Art was an activist. A man of sincere dedication and principal to all people. The officers and delegates of the Southwestern District Labor Council, AFL-CIO which Art was a delegate, will miss his voice, his input, his action, but most of all his presence. Our condolences go out to Cyndi and all his family. Know you, as well as he are in our prayers, our thoughts and our actions. We know how Art suffered even though he never complained. God had a better plan and I am glad he is with him today. Art will be missed by all his brothers and sisters in the labor movement, but I will miss him on an individual level. He was my friend. God Bless you Art Harvath.
From: Tim Millne, Secretary Treasurer SWDLC    12/18/2008 04:43 AM

While it has been many years since I last saw Art, I was saddened to hear of his passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. Cheryl Johnson (a former neighbor from 34th Street)
From: Cheryl Johnson    12/18/2008 04:43 AM

Art, was Art! He probably was one of the most interesting and indepth people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting in my life. He knew no strangers and treated me the same. I worked side by side with Art @ the Steel plant and enjoyed daily above the norm, educated conversations with him, I was saddened and shocked to hear of Art's passing, may he suffer no longer, but his life was a daily testament to how to live life to the fullest and expect better. He will be missed by many, and I for one will keep the memories close. thank you and my sincere thoughts and prayers are with your family.
From: Jeremy smith    12/17/2008 05:37 AM

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