Arthur G. DeNunzio, Sr. "Deacon Art", died peacefully on March 14th, after a 6 month battle recovering from heart surgery. He was 90 years old. He was a man of great faith, with his family as the center of his being. Born in Mt. Vernon NY, to Ralph and Margaret. With his siblings, Louis, Ralph, and Gerry, they lived the American Dream as first generation Italian Americans. In 1945, he married "the girl next-door" Mary and together they celebrated 67 years of marriage, raising 5 children; Art Jr., Karen, Steve, Mary and Carol (pre-deceased), and with their spouses Lisa, Jean and Kristine, they were blessed with seven grandchildren; Lucienne, Matthew, Jeremy, Krista, Gregory, Sarah, and Danielle, and one Great Grandson, Anthony. He graduated from A.B. Davis High School in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Aviation Academy and received his commission and wings at Pensacola Naval Air Station. He was assigned as Patrol Plane Commander, flying PBM Catalina seaplanes in the So. Pacific during WWII, achieving the rank of LTJG. He graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in 1950 and began a successful career in the Advertising industry. Working with noted Ad Agencies such as The Chicago Show Printing Company, Einson Freeman Co. and The Chicago Display Co., achieving VP and Board Member positions. He was instrumental in developing popular ad campaigns as "The Sinclair Dinosaur", "Put A Tiger In Your Tank", and "Burt and Harry Piels" He moved his family to North Miami in 1967 to be closer to his parents and siblings. Their home was always an oasis for their children's friends and family; carrying on the traditions and heritage that their parents began, touching so many friends with their generosity and faith. In 1983, Art was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the Archdiocese of Miami. Initially assigned to Visitation Catholic Church, he was later assigned to St Bonaventure Catholic Church in Davie FL. During his 27-year deaconate he was instrumental in the Knights of Columbus, Cursillo, RCIA, Catholic Hospice and Emmaus movements. He affected the lives of thousands of people in his ministries, helping them find comfort in the God's promise. Despite his advanced age, the strength in his faith and support of his loving wife allowed him to continue his mission until his death. In lieu of flowers, and in the spirit of Deacon Art, please give generously to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, so they can further their mission to serve and assist those who are in need and suffering. Please visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/deaconartdenunzio to add your thoughts and prayers for the family. Wake services will be held at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church; Monday March 18, 6 - 9 PM. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 11:00 AM. Internment will be held SF VA National Cemetery in Lake Worth, FL if attending please arrive by 2:00 pm, Lane 5. Arrangements by T.M. Ralph Funeral Home Sawgrass/Weston 371 NW 136 Avenue Sunrise, FL 33325 954 587-6888.
Published in Sun-Sentinel on Mar. 17, 2013