Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel

1985 South Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights, OH


Arthur S Gugick

January 7, 1960March 30, 2019

ARTHUR S. GUGICK, age 59, was born in New York City on January 7, 1960 and died in Cleveland on March 30, 2019.

Arthur was the beloved son of Arlene Gugick (nee Kirschenbaum) and the late Fredric Gugick; devoted father of Benjamin and Jason Gugick; dear brother of the late Steven Gugick; close friend of his former wife Michelle Gugick; dear companion of the late Barbara Becker.

Beachwood City Schools is mourning the loss of beloved high school math teacher Arthur Gugick. He was celebrated in the classroom and at Brickworld. Brickworld is a LEGO convention where people share their creations.

Arthur was featured in a Washington Post story about the convention in 2010. They referred to him as a rock star in the Lego world. He used calculus and algebra to build some of his creations and to demonstrate math to his students. His ability to show real-world applications for the math he taught and be creative with his students made an impact. Explore the online Art gallery at https://www.arthurgugick.com/

In 2017/2018, Arthur had a legendary opportunity. He traveled the world with a family as their children's private tutor. They visited numerous countries across the continents, learning about the diverse cultures of our world. See his blog at https://80daze.com/.

Social media is filled with posts from current and former students talking about what an amazing teacher Gugick was.

Funeral services will be held at BERKOWITZ-KUMIN-BOOKATZ MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1985 S. TAYLOR RD., CLEVELAND HEIGHTS on Wednesday, April 3 at 11 AM.

Graveside funeral services will be held in Beth David Cemetery, Elmont NY on Friday, April 5 at 1 PM.

The family will receive friends FRIDAY FOLLOWING BURIAL at the Rita Kestenbaum residence, 2108 Legion St., Belmore NY 11710.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Carol Kestenbaum Foundation at http://www.carolkestenbaumfoundation.org, or the Arthur Gugick Memorial Fund at https://www.gofundme.com/73agj8g.

To view this service please navigate to https://youtu.be/NO-vRbODYBk

Beachwood High School Memorial for Arthur Gugick - https://youtu.be/bzVDg_fgG-Y



A Piece of the World Custom built LEGO models by Arthur Gugick - (http://gugick.com)

From WKYC.com - Remembering Beachwood teacher Arthur Gugick: In his own words - (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwVkVkZkYPw)

From Brothers-Brick.com - Saying goodbye to LEGO legend, Arthur Gugick (1960-2019) - (https://www.brothers-brick.com/2019/04/02/saying-goodbye-to-lego-legend-arthur-gugick-1960-2019)

From DailyMail.com - Making child's play of fine art! Maths teacher recreates famous artworks, portraits and iconic buildings using only LEGO - (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2782102/Maths-teacher-recreates-famous-artworks-portraits-iconic-buildings-using-LEGO.html)

This is Art. And yes, it's also LEGO. - (https://www.arthurgugick.com)


  • Memorial Services Wednesday, April 3, 2019


Arthur S Gugick

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Kevin Kemelhar

April 4, 2019

To The Gugick Family - For the better part of the last 10 years, I have worked with and developed a friendship with Art. He was always there with a smile, a joke, intelligence, willingness to help and simply kindness. I'll miss him. I was lucky to have had Art as a friend and colleague. It's not going to be the same without him.

Sarah Slinger

April 2, 2019

My deepest sympathy. I was a student of Mr. Gugick's in middle and high school math class. He was the only math teacher I ever had who believed in me and helped me to really learn a subject in which I used to struggle. I remember his amazing Lego creations and him bringing in his guitar to play during class. He and my mother used to discuss physics -- that always made her parent-teacher conference. He made math so much fun and something I looked forward to. He will truly be missed.

Dominic Velotta

April 1, 2019

I am so glad I had an opportunity to get to know Art Gugick. What a wonderfully unique individual. Art was one of kind! I'll miss his dry sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family & friends during this difficult time.

Frank Goldmith

April 1, 2019

It seems just yesterday we shared a celebration of your dad's life in Florida. You were a true artist and a great teacher. You got it! You reached many students who others could not. So sad for your mom. she has lost so much in these last 5 years. May you , your brother and father be together where ever you are. May you make for them both a Lego Land of Heaven.

karen williams

April 1, 2019

It was a privillege to teach with you...........you always helped to make my special ed kids to learn math! You were wonderful!

Ben Resnick

April 1, 2019

We had the pleasure of being neighbors with the Gugick family for a little more than 5 years. Mr. Gugick was the biggest teacher celebrity of my friends, and I remember the laughs and discussions he would have with us when they would randomly come over and visit his residence. His creations were incredible, and gave some light to just how big of an imagination he truly had.

On behalf of the Resnick Family, your former neighbors, we give our deepest condolences.

Anna Ward

April 1, 2019

Mr.Gugick was my math teacher this year. For my entire life, I struggled immensely with mathematics, but Mr.Gugick changed my mindset entirely. I now love math—and am quite good at it—because of him. He was such an interesting, curious person. I still have so many questions for him, eager for his unique and thought provoking answer. So much intelligence really showed through him, even with a dry demeanor like his. I suffer from GAD and a depressive disorder. In a meeting to discuss my dwindling academics, he asked me a question that I’ve waited my entire life to be asked, “How does it feel to be you?” And I broke into tears. Nobody had ever asked me something like that before, and from then on I trusted him eternally. It is so heart wrenching that this is how he had to pass, as I always wondered what other endeavors he had in store for the future. All of his students are so blessed and thankful for his words, teachings, and genuine care.

I send all my love and support to his family and friends who also grieve his passing.