Arthur Albert Nowak passed away on February 24, 2017 at the NCH North Hospital in Naples, FL.
Born September 28, 1918 in Rochester, New York to Stanley and Helen Nowak, Art lived a long and active life with wide-ranging interests, which in his younger years included piloting a small plane and building his own house from the ground up. He attended the State University of New York College at Oswego, graduating with a B.S. and M.S. in Vocational-Technical Education. In addition, he earned diplomas from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Tool Design and Industrial Management. His career in education encompassed a wide range of responsibilities including industrial arts teacher, counselor, and principal for the Rochester, NY school district and the vocational-technical high school in Spencerport, NY. He was a program director for the New York State Migrant Center, and an Associate Professor of Vocational Teacher Training at the State University of New York College at Buffalo.
Art and his devoted wife Marilyn enjoyed many common interests. They loved playing music, and with Art on the harmonica and accordion, pursued their passion as members of a Cape Coral musical group that performed at numerous community centers and nursing homes. They also traveled extensively in the United Stated and Europe, were competitive Bridge players, and spent many evenings dancing to their favorite Swing era music.
Art was committed to his wife and family and, in particular, to his two grandsons Alex and Chris. He will be remembered by them and everyone who knew him as an intelligent, kind, and gentle man.
Art's wife Marilyn predeceased him in 2016. He is survived by his sister Gloria Briggs of Rochester, NY, his sons Richard Nowak of Rochester, NY, William Casement (Andrea) of Naples, FL, Jack Casement (Susan) of Rochester, NY, grandsons Christopher Casement of Waco, TX, Alexander Casement (Whitney) of Naples, FL, granddaughter Corinne Bowen (Steve) of Ellicott City, MD, and great granddaughters Audrey and Grace Bowen.
A memorial service will be held at Palm Royale Cemetery, 6789 Vanderbilt Road, Naples, FL on Saturday April 1st at 1:00.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Brookdale Senior Living Center and the Solaris Senior Living Center in Naples for the care they provided. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105.