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Arthur J. Faggion, Jr.

July 28, 1944November 2, 2020

Arthur J. Faggion, Jr. passed into eternal life on November 2, 2020. Art was born on July 28, 1944 in Lansing, Michigan to Arthur and Antoinette (Magnotta) Faggion. He graduated from Resurrection High School and subsequently earned a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Detroit before serving in the United States Army. During his service, Art received the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the M-14 Rifle Expert Badge. Following that, he earned Master’s degrees in both business and finance from Michigan State University and then taught at Central Michigan University and University of South Florida. He returned to Lansing to lead the family business, United Piping & Erecting, when his father’s health failed. It was at this time that his marriage produced the prides of his life, his daughters Danielle and Jennifer, who he remained a devoted and loving father to until his passing. Eventually, Art returned to Florida with his family, where he worked as a project manager on major construction projects, such as the Ice Palace, while working for the Poole & Kent Company of Florida, for which he held the mechanical, plumbing, and contractor’s licenses.

Art was predeceased by his parents, Art and Antoinette, and his brother, Peter. He leaves to cherish his memory his daughters, Danielle and Jennifer, his granddaughters Isabella and Alexis, his sisters Elissa (Dave) Greenburg and Mary Kay Elliott, nieces and nephews, a host of much-loved cousins, and so many respected and devoted friends.

Family was of utmost importance to him as was his faith….in God, in science. . .and even in the Lions. A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on November 28, 2020 at Blount & Curry Funeral Home - MacDill Chapel, 605 South MacDill Avenue, Tampa, Florida, followed by a formal service, burial, and celebration of his life to be held in 2021 in Michigan. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider joining the bone marrow registry at bethematch.org or donating to the International Myeloma Foundation at myeloma.org or the American Cancer Society at cancer.org. One of Art’s proudest achievements was defying the multiple myeloma odds and exceeding all expectations, so, by becoming a bone marrow donor or donating to causes helping to fight blood and bone marrow cancers, you will continue his legacy.

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  • Art was predeceased by his parents, Art and Antoinette, and his brother, Peter. He leaves to cherish his memory his daughters, Danielle and Jennifer, his granddaughters Isabella and Alexis, his sisters Elissa (Dave) Greenburg and Mary Kay Elliott, nieces and nephews, a host of much-loved cousins, and so many respected and devoted friends.

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Danielle Marante

November 28, 2020

I just wanted to say a sincere thank you to everyone who came to celebrate Dad today. He made such a special impact in the lives of everyone who knew him. His great smile, sense of humor, and the best laugh, to name a few. I know he would have loved seeing everyone here for him today. Knowing him you knew he was from Michigan, a Detroit Lions fan, his Italian love of food, but also a proud Leo! Part of his love of being a Leo was not only his amazing white haired mane, but more importantly the pride he had in his family and friends. I know for me, this celebration was as joyous as it was heartbreaking, but for Dad, he was probably smiling down and toasting to all of you celebrating this day. So Cheers to Dad, or as we say in Italian, Salute!!

Barbara and Tim Hancock

November 28, 2020

To our dear brother-in-law who fought so hard for so long, you will be missed. We will always have fond memories of our family gatherings, seeing each other and getting caught up at performances at the Straz and enjoying meals together for no reason at all. Your love and support for your daughters, Danielle and Jennifer, and your beautiful granddaughters, Isabella and Alexis, was always of the utmost importance to you. Rest in peace, Art.

Kris North

November 28, 2020

Art was a wonderful, kind, and fun loving man. I knew Art when he was teaching at Central, and will always have fond memories. My deepest condolences to Arts family. Warm regards Kris North

Gerry Lippert

November 27, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Art from our years working together at United Piping.

Michael Magnotta

November 24, 2020

My cousin Art:
My memories of Art begin when he was in high school and had the hot GTO muscle car; his love of cars continued through his life with Mustangs and BMW’s!
We were both at MSU while he was doing graduate work; Art would stop by my campus apartment to visit after his morning classes. A gentle spirit with acute intelligence, Art was a natty dresser, a sport. Through the years we shared some good times - a Pistons game, a Linda Ronstat concert, meals, drinks and conversation. Art was a bright star, proud of his daughters, and his memory will live on in all our lives!

Mary (Faggion) Elliott

November 23, 2020

Artie and I shared a peculiar kinship. We were the oldest of our "set" of two children within our family. As his little little sister, I definitely looked up to him. He was the KING. He once told me so. He said, "I am the king, kiss my ring." This, as he held out his hand for me to comply.

I was thinking how apt that the "Happy Days" character played by Henry Winkler was named ARTHUR Fonzerelli. He must have been channeling the original Mr. Cool. Fonzi was more of a caricature. My brother was just naturally IT. Though I have learned in life that the Lord wants all of our worship and adoration. We learn what that IS within the family unit. I admittedly adored my big brother.

Jennifer Greenburg

November 23, 2020

From the moment I met him, he welcomed me into the family with open arms. It was apparent that one of his favorite places to be, was with family - eating, sharing, talking and appreciating all those around the table. I always appreciated his quiet demeanor that was replaced with quick quips and encouraging words as the conversation flowed. One of my favorite memories is when he pressed me to add more olive oil to my salads. "It takes more than you think." His advice upped my salad game and I think of him nearly every time I dress a salad for dinner. I will miss hearing his laugh, listening to his stories and hearing the endless facts that he could supply in a moments notice. He was truly a wonderful person and I feel so blessed to have known him as Uncle Artie.

Anthony Greenburg

November 23, 2020

I have many memories of my uncle, too many to choose from but not nearly enough. I kept him on a pedestal, the patriarch for me in the Faggion family. His laugh was infectious, and I doubt I will ever forget it. I remember him driving me during a visit to Florida one year, and he imparted sage advice. It has stayed with me, and I share it with others, giving them the gift he gave me at the time. And some nights, when the air is warm and the wine is flowing, I think back to a night in Italy when he and his brother-in-law, my father, sat in the courtyard of a much-too-large villa we had rented. We had all given up for the evening, but those two? They stayed at it, telling stories, looking off into the night sky, and just laughing together. More wine of course, but they were there, taking it all in. Uncle Artie, one of the good ones. I'll miss him immensely. He made me better, inspiring me even from a distance. Much love to all who share in this loss.

Catherine Tracy

November 23, 2020

I am one of Artie's many cousins. We shared so many things besides grandparents. We lived in the same area, we went to the same schools and we went to the same Church. Losing him is losing a treasured member of our heritage. He was so brave as he battled his disease and fought back. He leaves behind many family members who loved him but we believe in eternal life and know he is in good company.

Brigida Elliott

November 23, 2020

I've been trying to think of just the right words to say. But, I really don't think there really is "the right thing" to actually say. I ended up reading a little quote the other day, and decided to save it. And, I feel like it suits what I wanted to say.
"When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure."
Growing up away from family is never a fun thing. I always enjoyed seeing family during special occasions or during holiday visits. And I will always have those memories!
You will be missed Uncle Art. Give everyone a big hug for all of us!!!

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