Arthur ("Art") Frederick Green, 76, of Arnold, passed away on January 15, 2021, after a brief illness. Rather than holding a traditional and somber funeral service, the family plans--in keeping with Art's wishes and his character--to host a celebration of his life when conditions allow. Art and his beloved wife, Judith ("Judy") Thurston Green, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2020. Nearly inseparable from the day they met on a blind date in 1968, Judy and Art built a wonderful life together, maintaining lasting and loving relationships with intersecting and ever-expanding circles of family and friends. Art was a wonderful and affectionate father to son Scott Green of Arnold and daughter Candace Green Orsetti of Annapolis, and a devoted and adoring "Dad-Dad" to granddaughters Cameron and Anna Green. He was exceptionally close to his daughter-in-law, Danielle (Blakely) Green, and his son-in-law, Santuria Orsetti, and both of them loved him just as fiercely in return. Over the decades, Art and Judy traveled extensively, visiting 44 U.S. states and dozens of countries. They especially loved to travel with family and enjoyed numerous multigenerational vacations. Early in 2020, they flew to Argentina and then cruised to Antarctica, their seventh continent together. Outgoing and personable, the couple made new friends on every trip, often forming lasting friendships with travelers of all ages. A bit of a ham, Art was known to employ eye-catching props as a way to spark conversations with fellow travelers and passers-by. Everyone who met Art liked him immediately. He was kind, funny, witty, warm, generous, humble, honest, hard-working, and genuine-to name just a few of his virtues. People enjoyed Art's company, in part because of his cheery nature and infectious sense of humor, including his many "Dad jokes." Art was always willing to lend a helping hand, earning a well-deserved "Mr. Fix-It" reputation among family, friends, and neighbors. Art served in the U.S. Navy from 1964–1969, then enjoyed a lengthy career as a graphic artist for the National Security Agency, until retiring in 2008. He remained in touch with many of his friends from work. Art's artistic and construction talents were put to good use just last October, when, in collaboration with a whole new set of friends and admirers, he designed and built the "Spriggs Cove" sign at the entrance to that community along Mago Vista Road. In addition to his nuclear family, Art is survived by a loving extended family of brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, cousins, great-nieces, and great-nephews, as well as countless friends and his cherished dog, Coco. Art was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth (Royer) and Zachary Green of Catonsville; and his sister, Joy Barnes, of Portland, Maine. To honor Art's affinity for Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay, donations may be made in his memory to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, www.cbf.org/tribute
. Art's family is heartbroken by his loss. They are profoundly grateful for the tremendous support from the many others who loved him and the comfort and laughter evoked by the fond memories they have been sharing.