Arthur Charles 'Art' Newman
Aurora - Arthur Charles "Art" Newman, age 75, passed on to the greater life on Monday, October 12, 2020 at his Aurora home, with his wife and children by his side.
Art remained the strong, bold and courageous man we knew during a furious battle with cancer.
Born on Oct 31, 1944 in Euclid Ohio, Art was the only child of Earl and Louise (Fioritto) Newman. Art was a graduate of Euclid High School and Baldwin Wallace College, earning his Bachelors Degree in Music Education and taught music for the North Olmsted school system.
Art began a career in banking as a teller at Central National Bank, and within several years, rose to VP of Retail Banking. His favorite assignment was managing the Public Square branch office. He was part of a team charged with introducing a new way of banking called the ATM. Art won various awards at the bank and was leader of the bank's Central Singers, a choir that performed at many civic events. In those years, Art continued performing and was a vital part of the floor-show Carnival, and the Sam Terri Quartet.
Art met his wife Marsha, a professional vocalist and event planner, in 1988 while attending a hotel function. They quickly discovered a common background in music and a common goal. They created the Art Company Orchestra, a 12-piece band for upscale private parties. They were married on May 26, 1990, by Rev. Kevin Horak at The Church in Aurora and made Aurora their home. Marsha launched The Perfect Choice Wedding Planning in 1991. With design, music and coordinating services, they produced elegant events together for 30 years in NE Ohio and various US cities.
In 1983 Art left Central Bank and transitioned to selling bank technology.
While working for National Semiconductor/Datachecker, Art introduced a new scan system and sold the first scan system in Ohio. Later he transitioned to selling mainframe computers. In 1991, while working for Hitachi Data Systems, Art was named top salesman worldwide.
Art worked for EMC Corp. from 1993-1999, as a Senior Account Executive on international accounts and exceeded sales goals. Art won numerous awards in recognition for his sales in data center migration.
During his retirement, Art continued his love of music as a substitute music teacher in the Bedford, Streetsboro, and Aurora schools. He also taught private lessons in Chagrin Falls.
Arts true gift was his ability to mentoring and encouraging all those around him. He had the ability to bring out the best in you, whether in music or in life. If you needed his help, he was always there in a big way. Art was larger than life.
Art leaves behind his devoted wife of 30 years, Marsha Newman;
Children: Eric (Erin) of Austin TX, grandsons Colton, Ethan, Adam and Conner; Daughter Jessica (Joe) Decaro of Bainbridge OH, grandsons, Joshua and Jay; Art had many family members and friends, and left an indelible mark on many.
Art was known for telling stories, and loved a good joke. He had a big laugh, and loved to make others laugh. A former board member of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Art was a long time member of The Church in Aurora and resident of Walden.
In order to provide safe distancing, a Private Memorial Service was held on Saturday Oct 31, 2020 at The Church in Aurora where Rev. Kevin Horak and Pastor Derek Hickman officiated. Music was performed by a number of colleagues, including violin by Mr. Jason Burdett, Orchestra teacher at Aurora High School.
Posted online on November 11, 2020