October 25, 1949 - June 23, 2014Art Rex, of San Francisco, CA died suddenly on June 23, 2014. He was born to the late Clark "Rex" Rex and Margaret "Peggy" Rex, October 25, 1949, in Boyle Heights/Los Angeles, CA. Art graduated from Montebello High in 1967, growing up in Southern California's legendary 60's surf culture. He earned an Associate of Art Degree in Advertising Photography from East Los Angeles College and also attended UCLA where he studied Theater Arts and Lighting. He married Pamela Rex (Cosco) in 2000 and they lived together in Bernal Heights/San Francisco, CA.
Art spent the last decade and a half of his life as a restaurant construction superintendent, where he oversaw the construction of scores of iconic California restaurants, including Nopa, Quince, and Ozumo. His current position was as Restaurant Construction Superintendent with BuildGroup. Art was very proud and happy to have joined this company, and be on their team, where everyone in the company is treated with respect, honor, like family. Prior to that, Art enjoyed a long career in design and advertising with Rex Media Design and Studio 13, and as a freelance commercial photographer, in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. He served scores of major commercial clients including Macy's California, I. Magnin, Time Warner, and Toyota. Before entering the world of advertising, Art was a switchman for the Union Pacific Railroad and a proud member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.
Never without his camera, Art was an incessant photographer who "published" a steady stream of brilliant images via social media. He enjoyed sailing on San Francisco Bay and listening to live and recorded jazz. A gourmet, Art loved to cook and widely sampled the stellar restaurants of his time. A bon vivant, he frequented clubs, concerts, bars, and live entertainment; he always looked forward to the SF Symphony Opening Gala, and to wearing his tux.
Art is survived by his mother, Margaret Rex, of San Francisco; uncle, John Duni, of Mount Carmel, PA; Pamela Rex, sons Anthony (Karen Merigo) and Alexander Toy, of San Francisco; cousins Diana, Ron, Cindy, Susie and RJ Skocypec of Westlake Village, CA; the Quinzi, Cosco, Suskin, and Garcea Families of Syracuse, NY; relatives in PA and NJ; as well as the countless friends in SF and beyond.
In lieu of flowers, the Family is requesting that donations be made to San Francisco Sinfonietta, sfsinfonietta.org.
A first celebration of Art's life will be held 11:00 a.m., Sunday, July 27, 2014 at The Homestead, 2301 Folsom Street @ 19th Street, San Francisco.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 13, 2014