Arthur R. Best
Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society
5464 North High Street
Columbus, OH
Best Arthur R. Best, age 61, passed away on October 14, 2014, having fought a great fight for 5+ years to overcome cancer and liver complications. Art was born in Camden, NJ but grew up in Gahanna OH. Art graduated from Bishop Hartley High School and attended Notre Dame and Kent State Universities on football scholarship. Art was a member of the 1973 ND National Championship team. After college, Art played as a running back for the Chicago Bears and NY Giants and was active in the NFL Alumni Assn. Art worked as a construction project manager, most recently for Bradford Construction. He had a passion for golf and was an active member of the Eagle Eye course at DSCC. Arthur is survived by his wife, Pauline Boyer; son, Justin Arthur Best; sister, Denise DeCandia; brothers, Steven and Kenneth Best; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and loving friends. A memorial service is planned for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 18 at the Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal at 5225 Refugee Road in Columbus, OH, followed by a gathering at the TAT Ristorante de Familia, 1210 South James Road, Columbus OH. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Children's Hospital. To sign online condolences, please visit

Published by The Columbus Dispatch from Oct. 16 to Oct. 17, 2014.
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Art, I remember all the years we swam together for the Gahanna Sea Lions. You were a HUGE part of my childhood and I remember you fondly. I still remember the day you climbed up on the roof of your house and started dancing. Don't remember why, but there it is. Rest in peace, and God keep your family in His hand.
Lisa McDonald (Steigerwald)
October 10, 2019
Always a Notre Dame Fan was sorry to hear of the passing of one of my Favorite Notre Dame Players God Bless and RIP
James Griffin
December 3, 2018
Art, Thank you for your kindness on the sidelines. When the game was going Notre Dame's way, you were just as kind as when it was going the other way. I worked the sidelines and Cartier Field as a kid. Thank you for your positive words gestures on the sidelines. It helped me reach my goals.


Jim Pettit
James Pettit
June 20, 2015
Art was unique, a great fun guy, exceptional athlete and free spirit. I'll never forget him walking to class at ND, balancing on the fence wires. He was our generation's Golden Boy & Gipp rolled into one. Farewell #23, you will be missed by all who knew you, or who ever had the joy to watch you play the game of football for the Fighting Irish. Condolences to you family on your great loss.
Don Smail
October 25, 2014
I was very sad to hear of Art's passing. I remember speaking with him on the phone just a couple of years ago. It is very much like him to not let on that his health wasn't great.
As a classmate and athlete at Hartley, Art and I were always seen as the top athletes in the class. He was such a good athlete, I tried to convince him to give up wrestling as a senior and play basketball, even though he hadn't played since grade school! He could even do pirouettes on the pommel horse, something I had only seen Olympic gymnasts do.
I know some people looked on him as just a jock, but Art was always one of the smartest kids in any of the classes we took.
I can also remember when we would go to the gym during lunch, he was always amazed how I could shoot, but I always loved it when he would guard me one-on-one because of the way he challenged me.
And every once in a while, he would surprise you and just hang out and talk about anything.
Art was truly unique and someone I will never forget.
I am so sorry for your loss, he was truly a remarkable individual.

May God Grant him eternal rest and bless you all with His Infinite Compsassion.

Jim Chellis
Jim Chellis
October 23, 2014
Art was a truly gifted athlete …. and he could play a mean game of Euker. Art and I did quite well at ND, taking on all challengers in Cavanaugh Hall (Eric Penick included). He was majoring in Architecture at the time. How he handled the workload, I have no idea. I have fond memories of those years. Thanks Art.
Gery Stafford
October 22, 2014
I was a junior at Notre Dame when Art, a sophomore in 1972, got his first varsity carry--a scintillating 56 yard TD. The next week, he got his second carry--an equally impressive 54 yard TD. Not a bad start! What a tremendously talented athlete. He was the talk of campus after those two runs. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. I wish that I had met him.
Tom Drake
October 21, 2014
Had freshman English at Notre Dame with Art. Could not believe that a star football player could be so personable and down to earth. Prayers go out to all members of his family. Vince Lang, Frankfort, Ky.
Vince Lang
October 20, 2014
Art was part of our Super Bowl of Golf winning team this past spring, and I'm blessed to have met and enjoyed some time with Art. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Brett Spurgeon
October 20, 2014
Many prayers for the family's loss.
pam means
October 20, 2014
I am truly sorry for your loss. I can only imagine the grief that you must be feeling at this time. May the God of all comfort strengthen your family in your time of need. 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17. RM, Cleveland
October 19, 2014
I'm heart sick to hear this. Our families grew up together on Mann Rd. My condolences to all family members. Prayers to all.
Jim Fodor
October 18, 2014
To the family of Art, my prayers are with you! Although I am unable to attend his home going service, my spirit is with you. I asked God to watch over all of Art's family & friends & He said that He will keep us all in perfect peace. Not to worry Art's spirit is present with Him! Love to you all!
Sheila (Henderson) Prillerman
October 18, 2014
God blessed me at Notre Dame with some younger brothers that I never had. Art was one of them. I knew immediately he was special. My fullest love to his whole family. He will always be missed.
Tim Sullivan
October 18, 2014
we had some great times with you guys. From the night of cirque du soleil, dinners out, and coming over for my kids' birthday parties. You will truly be missed by many. Prayers for your wife and family. -Emily Denney and Jenna and Jaiden Silverman
Emily Denney
October 18, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I remember playing football with Art at Hartley, what a talent he had. Rest in peace Art.
Tom and Alice Snider
Tom Snider
October 18, 2014
I met Art at the NFL Alumni golf scramble. We got teamed up with Art and won a trip to Vegas and won the tourney. Art always had a smile on his face and was a pleasure to be around. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Kenny Brady
October 18, 2014
I met Art and Pauline at my mother's house in Pickerington where they were next door neighbors, very easy to talk to and congenial people, RIP Art and condolences to Pauline and the family.
Mike Sabatino
October 18, 2014
I never met Art, but his teammate at Notre Dame Rich Allocco talked about Art with great fondness. On Eric Penick's 85 yard run v. USC, Art singlehandedly demolished the right side of SC's D-Line with a tremendous block that took out two defenders and clogged the pursuit of SC's LBers. In the National Championship game v. Alabama, I can still hear Chris Schenkel say at LHB "Art Best, a marvelous runner." Thank you for the wonderful memories Art. Bless your heart and soul.
Bill Coaker
October 18, 2014
Sandi and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Art. He was a great guy and always fun to be around. Our condolences go out to his family.
Ron & Sandi Williamson
October 17, 2014
Sorry to hear of the loss of Art. Being a few years younger, we all wanted to play football like Art Best & Tim Cunningham. Legendary. Rick Schubert, Bishop Hartley 1977
October 17, 2014
I'm sorry to hear of the passing of one of the members memebers of one of the great NOtre Dame football teams. May he rest in peace in the palm of our Holy Mothers hand.
Robert Matzinger
October 17, 2014
Pauline, sharing in your sadness as you remember Art. Art was a good neighbor to my Grandma and Grandpa.
Lori Sabatino
October 17, 2014
Art was a wonderful friend to my family and supportive of our will be missed. In Gods eternal life.
ginny delfino-lamneck
October 17, 2014
I am saddened to hear of the passing of Art my ole running mate. My condolences to you, Mrs. Best, Justin and extended family members.
My high school football days with Art are very special and will not be forgotten.
Rest in Peace Art.
Tim Cunningham
October 17, 2014
My favorite Notre Dame Running back. Rest in peace Art.
Roger Butler
October 17, 2014
May the light guide your way to eternity in peace.
geralyn cunningham
October 17, 2014
Wishing the Best family peace and strength.
Notre Dame Monogram Club Staff
October 17, 2014
Knew art from hartley. What a great guy. Sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers of comfort to his family
christy dobos
October 17, 2014
Rest in peace, Art.
Ron Nichols
October 17, 2014
I had the pleasure of working with Art for the last two years. I really enjoyed working with him and he will be missed.
Joey Gechijian
October 17, 2014
I used to swim competitively with Art, and a bunch of us from high school used to hang out. This breaks my heart - Rest in peace, Art. "Sweet Caroline"
Lisa Steigerwald-McDonald
October 17, 2014
My sympathy to Art's family. I graduated with Art from Hartley in 1972. May he rest in peace.
Helen (Bunfill) Grumet
October 17, 2014
Rest gently in God's hands Art. No more suffering. My heart goes out to the family left behind, remember the good memories, always.
Kim Nettler Moore, class of '72
October 17, 2014
Art and the Best family were a big part of my life growing up in Gahanna. My thoughts and prayers are with the family now. Rest in peace Art. Sue McKee
October 17, 2014
Playing golf with you always made my round that much more fun. You never failed to make me laugh and you will be greatly missed. May the Lord grant you eternal peace...
John (Lock Jaw) Acklin
October 17, 2014
Art was a year behind us at Bishop Hartley and was our running back on one of Hartley's greatest teams of the 70's. His athletic abilities were outstanding and was a great guy to be around. I was proud to be a member of the team that allowed Art to be the leading scorer in Franklin County in '71. He was a great guy and am proud of what he grew up to be! My God shine his light on Art and hold him in the palm of his hand. My prayers go out to all the Best family. God bless each of you!
John Federer
October 17, 2014
Art remains a legend at Bishop Hartley High School. Our community will remember him and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

Barbara Casson('72)
Asst. Principal
October 17, 2014
Art was my very best childhood friend. We played grade and high school football together. What an athlete and fun guy. We hung out together and did some crazy things. As I sit and remember the things we did together I am saddened to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family and may God's peace be with you. See you on the other side Art. With Love, Keith
Keith Salvatore
October 17, 2014
Art,will be missed at EE Golf course he always added humor and was great to play golf with.May God grant him eternal peace
]Dick Kovalchik
October 17, 2014
I went through high school with Art. I remember him well. Just wanted to say to his family that I am sorry for your loss.
geralyn cunningham
October 17, 2014
Art was my roommate and teammate at KSU. He was a gifted athlete that enjoyed life and was fun to be around. Peace to you my friend and blessings and grace to your family.
jack helton
October 17, 2014
At Notre Dame, Art helped me celebrate my 21st birthday in style at Corby's. Able to leap tall buildings. Good times. He was our generation's Golden Boy and will be missed.
Richard J Derr
October 16, 2014
Art Best was my childhood idol for Notre Dame's 1973 national champs. May perpetual light shine upon him and your family.
— Lou Somogyi
October 16, 2014
Jerry and I are so sorry for your loss. Our memories will always be with us and the times we shared. Jerry and Kathleen Mckinley
October 16, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Pauline, and with all of the family. May God fill your hearts with comfort and His peace that passes understanding.
Pastor Robert W. Cope, Higher Impact Church
October 16, 2014
Pauline, my thoughts and prayers for you and your family at this sad time.
Mary Milton
October 16, 2014
Art was a bright light that made you smile immediately when you were around him.
Steve Lieber
October 16, 2014
Art was simply a great guy who loved people. He was a great friend. We had many fun times together. I feel we developed a special bond, thanks to Pauline, Debby, and Eileen. He will be sorely missed by those that were blessed to be a part of his life. I am so glad that I was one of those people. Hey Art, " Do we have a problem here? Love U the Best. Stevie
Steve Lieber
October 16, 2014
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