MILICOV, Arthur L. Nov. 27, 1921-Feb. 16, 2013, age 91, died at home in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest. A devoted husband, beloved father, cherished grandfather, and adored great-grandfather. Arthur was predeceased by his treasured wife, Helen, in 1995; he is survived by his daughter Joyce (Elliott) Edelson, daughter Lauren Milicov, son Richard Milicov (Elizabeth Erchul), granddaughter Elisa (David) Horstman, grandson Michael (Nicole) Edelson, great-grandsons Jaydee Horstman and Jacob Horstman, great-granddaughter Hannah Horstman, and companion Barbara Bing. Arthur was born in San Antonio, Texas, moved to Los Angeles as a young boy and grew up in Boyle Heights, served in the Army engineering corps in the Pacific during World War II, and played a major role in building the City of Los Angeles for more than 40 years as a civil engineer in the city's Bureau of Contract Administration. His fierce love for his family was the driving force of his life. But he also loved the city that he helped to shape, and he explored it relentlessly as a peerless navigator of its endless streets, freeways, and neighborhoods. In life as well as logistics, no one was better at finding the most direct route between Point A and Point B.
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Arthur was always ready to lend a hand and share a funny story. He loved to laugh and was supportive beyond measure. His family and friends eagerly awaited his latest e-mails or phone calls for lessons about living life well and calling out injustice (including photo-enforced red-light cameras). He was an avid consumer of news, especially politics, and was a proud liberal Democrat throughout his life. He transferred his passion for newspapers and magazines to the Internet and was sending links (his favorite: Paul Krugman columns) in his very last days. Arthur loved In N Out Burger, going to the movies, traveling the world, playing bridge, walking outdoors or on his treadmill, helping people as a longtime volunteer for Travelers Aid (now VIP) at LAX, heading to Phoenix each year in March to watch Spring Training, striking up conversations with everyone everywhere, and Tito's Tacos, among other great passions. We will miss the deep pleasure of his company and are grateful for every second we shared with our Beloved, Unforgettable, Fiercely Independent, One of a Kind Arthur. Forever in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Arthur's honor to Travelers Aid International, travelersaid.org. Services will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 1 pm, Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries - Hollywood Hills, 800-600-0076.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 19, 2013