GATTY – Arthur, 74, Fernandina Beach, Fla., formerly of Johnstown, passed away Tuesday morning, Oct. 26, 2010, following a very sudden and aggressive illness. He was born Aug. 12, 1936, in Farrell, son of the late Altilio and Stella (Wiodarczyk) Gatty. Survived by his wife of 51 years, Janet M. Gatty; his son, Dana, with his wife, Janice; his three grandchildren, Alexis, Skyler and Andrea; and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Gatty was a lover of music, education and humor. He was a public school teacher from 1958 until 1973, when he became director for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, a program for gifted high school students that he led until 1988. He and his wife, Janet, moved to Amelia Island in 1996, where he became a beloved fixture as a house pianist and later the entertainment coordinator at the Ritz Carlton. He had a joke and a smile for everyone he met. After retiring in 2006, he continued to entertain at local nursing homes and private parties. His motto for living was “Leave them laughing.” Friends received from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, at The Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Resurrection Roman Catholic Parish, Father Alan E. Thomas. Committal will be held at Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to the Arthur Gatty Scholarship Fund, c/o the Forest Hills Scholarship Fund, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, 116 Market St., Suite 4, Johnstown, Pa 15901. Online condolences may be made at www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.
Published on October 30, 2010