Arthur Norman Means

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June 20, 1933 ~ January 15, 2022

Born in: Pontiac, Michigan
Resided in: Newark, California

On Saturday morning January 15, Arthur Means passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He was 88 years old.

He was born in Pontiac, Michigan on June 20,1933 to William H. Means and Mary Winkley. William Means passed away in 1936 when Arthur was 3 years old.  Arthur was then raised by his mother and his brother, Leo Strouss, who was 20 years older than Art. At this time, they were living in Dayton, Ohio. The three of them moved on to Seattle, Washington in the late 40s before eventually coming to the tri-city area in the early 50s.

Art enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1954 and served in the service for 3 years. He then came back to Newark and held down various jobs such as working in the old Hunts cannery in Hayward till 1960. In 1960 he and Leo started a local taxi business, S & M Taxi, which, in addition to the regular tasks of a cab company, they also had contracts to take handicap children to school. In the course of his job Art met a young woman who would sometimes call his cab, her name was Nellie Ramirez. This was the beginning of a courtship that would end up with them getting married in 1963 at St. Edwards church in Newark. They had two sons, Paul, followed by Daniel a few years later. They would end up living in Newark till the day Art passed away. They were married for 58 years.

Art loved his wife and sons and was a good husband and father who provided and took care of them for all his life. He lived his life for them and spoiled them and as long as they were happy, he was happy.

All the family and friends who came across Art would best describe him as a gentle and kind man who cared for them and was always willing to help them. He was an avid sports fan and an avid movie fan, passions that he passed on to his sons. He was also a voracious reader who enjoyed reading biographies. He spent many days of the early portion of his retirement at the library.

Arthur is survived by his wife of 58 years, Nellie, and by sons Paul and Daniel and his daughter-in-law Mercy. He is also survived by sister-in-laws Hope Bettencourt and Carmelita Hernandez; as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

A celebration of life service is planned at Berge Pappas Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA on February 4 at 8 AM ; with a rosary beginning at 10 AM. The burial of his ashes will be at Irvington Memorial Cemetery, 41001 Chapel  Way, Fremont, CA will follow; with a reception after at El Patio Restaurant in Fremont, CA.


Memorial Service: February 4, 2022 8:00 am - June 18, 2024 12:00 pm

Room: Garden Chapel

Berge Papas Smith Chapel of the Angels
40842 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538


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    • CandleMy uncle was a devout husband and father. When he married my aunt many years ago, he also inherited her very large Hispanic family of brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews. He was all in the moment he met us. This former Marine Corp Veteran was the nicest and most generous person to our family. He would routinely take my brothers to baseball games at Candlestick park in San Francisco. We have so many happy memories of him that it would literally take hours to write. Until we meet again, may you rest in peace my wonderful Uncle Art.

  1. CandleWe will miss your friendship, smile, humor and singing with Nellie . Rest In Peace Arthur Means.

    • CandleThis is David Art’s friend and a man that had the great blessing of knowing Art for 60 years. Love you Marine! And a word From Ruth Catalano, what a kind and patient man was. Love you all . Nellie, Paul and Dan.

  2. CandleThis Susie & Gavidia Family,
    Dear Art, We will never forget your loving and caring ways❤️. I wanted to share this lovely prayer.

    Heavenly Father,
    you have given us the model of life
    in the Holy Family of Nazareth.
    Help us, O Loving Father,
    to make our family another Nazareth
    where love, peace and joy reign.
    May it be deeply contemplative,
    intensely eucharistic,
    revived with joy.
    Help us to stay together in joy
    and sorrow in family prayer.
    Teach us to see Jesus in the members of our families,
    especially in their distressing disguise.
    May the eucharistic heart of Jesus
    make our hearts humble like his
    and help us to carry out our family duties
    in a holy way.
    May we love one another
    as God loves each one of us,
    more and more each day,
    and forgive each other’s faults
    as you forgive our sins.
    Help us, O Loving Father,
    to take whatever you give
    and give whatever you take with a big smile.
    Immaculate Heart of Mary,
    cause of our joy, pray for us.
    St. Joseph, pray for us.
    Holy Guardian Angels,
    be always with us,
    guide and protect us.

  3. CandleNuestro mas sentido pésames a la familia Means. Art voy a extrañar tu sonrisa, tu canto “Guadalajara ” y tu “grito aijajai!!”. Que estes gosando y descansando en el reino de Dios Nuestro Padre Celestial. 🙏

  4. Heartfelt condolence and prayers to the bereaved family of ARTHUR NORMAN MEANS. May he rest in eternal peace and embrace of our Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon him.

  5. CandleAlways remembered with that his smile and welcoming demeanor that he had. Art, always in our heart. Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Nellie, Dan, Paul and Mercy. We love you.

  6. CandleSending our love and prayers to Nellie, Padrino Paul, Danny & Mercy. I will always remember Art’s singing and always smiling. He will be missed. We love you!💕

    • CandleNellie, I love you, so sorry to hear about Art my favorite guy…. ❤️ Please give all my love to the Boys.
      Sorry I cannot make it, my thoughts and Love are with you 💋🙏❤️

  7. CandleNellie so sorry for your loss. May Arts memory give you love, joy, hope and strength. Love you

    Lupe Anguiano Fernandez

  8. CandleQuerido Art siempre te recordaré cuando caminabas y pasabas por mí casa escuchando la radio y te parabas a platicar conmigo. Ahora ya estás gosando en presencia de Nuestro Padre Dios. Descansa en paz. 🙏

  9. CandleMy sincerest condolences for you and your family at this time. You have my deepest sympathy and support. Wishing you peace, comfort, and lots of love at this time of sorrow.
    Love you❤️

  10. CandleMy deepest condolences to Nellie, Paul, Danny and family. Rest In Peace Art. You will be missed deeply by many. Sending lots of love to you all.

  11. CandleNellie, Family, and Friends,
    I am sorry for your loss. May God bless you and welcome Arthur into heaven. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

  12. CandleDear family
    Don’t have the words but, I sure have wonderful memories,so many!!
    Love you with all my heart
    It was truly an honor.

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