Arthur A. Cerre
Longtime Snowmass Village resident, Arthur “Big Art” A. Cerre, passed away on Dec. 30, 2009, in Denver, surrounded by his loving family. He was 87. Big Art had big enthusiasm, big ideas, big dreams, big generosity, big gratitude, and most of all, a big twinkle in his eyes. He made friends wherever he went and lit up every room he walked into.
Born on April 18, 1922, and raised in Detroit, Mich., he was a graduate of St. Thomas College in St. Paul, Minn., where he met and married his wife of 66 years, Elizabeth Nolan Cerre.
The former advertising executive and avid skier first came to the Aspen/Snowmass area in the 1960s and eventually became a resident of Snowmass Village in the early 1980s. Art embraced the Snowmass community with great passion and volunteered his time with the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, among other community activities.
After serving in the U.S. Army as an infantry captain in the South Pacific during World War II, he started his career with the Detroit Free Press and GM Photographic. A longtime resident of Grosse Pointe, Mich., he founded The Cerre Company, which developed major sales promotions for the automobile industry. He later became the general manager of Naegele Outdoor Advertising and senior vice president of visual services and the J. Walter Thompson Company.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Susie Godin Livengood and husband Peter of Mill Valley, Calif.; Michael Nolan Cerre and wife Gina of Sausalito, Calif. and Julie Ann Kennedy and husband Michael of Carbondale. Daughter Betsy Cerre Cross preceded him in death. He had four grandchildren: Jamie Godin Touchstone of San Francisco, Lauren Ferris Cerre of Los Angeles, Lee Egan Cerre of New York and Hayden Michael Kennedy of Carbondale.
A memorial service and Mass will be held at St. Mary’s of the Crown in Carbondal on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 2:30 p.m. A celebration of his beautiful life will follow at the Aspen Glen Clubhouse from 4:30-6 p.m.
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