In Memory

Arthur John Cleary - Class Of 1964

Arthur John Cleary

Arthur Cleary, born August 9, 1946, died June 24, 2013 in Palm Desert, California, from lung disease.  He was 66 years old.

Art was a great athlete and attended SPHS from 1960 to 1964.  He was on many of the championship teams for football, baseball, and basketball during those years and had the greatest respect for Coach Ray Solari and all of his fellow teammates.  Art went on to play professional baseball in the minor leagues and then to serve his Country in Vietnam.  He shall long be remembered for his love of country and for his love of SPHS.  He shall be missed by many.

Art is survived by his sisters, Sarah Cleary Bennett '66 and Robin Cleary Parsky '67; and brother William W Cleary '70.  Donations may be made to the SPHS Alumni Association in his name.

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06/28/13 07:17 PM #1    

Aileen Sylvester (1964)

One of my SoPas neighbors and classmate. We went all through school together. Very sorry to read this. Thanks for the memories of childhood, Art. 

06/29/13 05:48 AM #2    

David Wright (1964)

Art and I spent our middle/high school years as neighbors and friends on Stratford Ave., So. Pasadena.

We were the very opposite of each other - he was athletic and I was not - he was model handsome and I was not (Art even did underwear modeling as a child) - he could be the life of the pary and I was not (I cherish the memory of his laugh) - he was not a good student and I was - but our differences played off each other and we were always good friends.

To his sisters Sarah and Robin - you are in my thoughts. Your lives will not be as bright without your brother.


David Wright

06/29/13 08:02 AM #3    

Randy R Willett (1964)

Art was my first friend at So.Pas as I transferred from Colorado in my senior year, he took me under his wing so to speak, meeting others, learning the ins and outs, being a listening ear as I tried to adjust to a very different place.  I remember the last football game of the season, I broke my left ulna during the game and since I was not the most popular guy in the coaches eyes, as we returned to So.Pas.I found myself alone, no one concerned of my situation except for Art, he took me to the emergency room and then home that night.  But that was what a friend like Art would do,  For many years we would talk about his coming to Florida and we would visit Tommy Hutton and watch the Marlins play, We just ran out of time.  Most  importantly, I would share with him the spiritual things in life and in all his turmoil, he shared with me, his relationship with Christ.  I pray for his family and friends that they will let the memories of Art's life comfort them in the days ahead.  He was special to many.  Rest in Jesus my friend, I will see you again one of these days.


06/29/13 08:53 AM #4    

Anthony Perone (1965)

I am so sadden to hear of the passing of Artie. I first met him in little league and we played baseball together through high school. Artie was one year older so I usually played the outfield while backing him up at short stop. I saw him as always putting all of his team-mates on the same level no matter the talent.  He helped me to improve as a baseball player and as a person…Artie taught by example.  "Do as I say and as I do"!   I always looked up to Artie!  My heart goes out to the entire Cleary family for a brother who passed away too early.

Tony Perone

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