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Sam Arno

May 3, 1923 - January 17, 2017

Born in Youngstown, Ohio into a large blended Italian family with 11 brothers and sisters, Sam served in WWII in the combat engineers in England and Europe. After the war, he attended Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Then Sam left on an Alaskan adventure and worked as a reporter for Jessen's Weekly in Fairbanks. He returned to Los Angeles, went to Chouinard Art Institute, and worked as an advertising art director until his retirement. Then Sam started his second career as an artist, attended Harbor College, and helped build The Loft studios and gallery in downtown San Pedro. Sam loved his adopted town of San Pedro and produced and directed two fundraisers "San Pedro Goes to the Opera" at the Warner Grand Theater and "San Pedro Goes Hollywood" at the old Strand Theater. In the early 1970's, Sam helped establish Angels Gate Cultural Center and was also on the board of Pt. Fermin Residents Association for many years.
Sam leaves his wife of 55 years, Char; two sons and their spouses, Matt and Sylvia, Stephen and Caroline; and granddaughters, Michelle and Alanna. A celebration of Sam's life will be held at The Loft studio on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm. Sam loved nature and his garden. In lieu of flowers, please plant some flowers or a tree in his memory or donate to his favorite charity, The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (www.mfpausa.com). Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 31, 2017
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