Arthur A. ‘Art’ Fishbaine

May 15, 1929 - July 21, 2018


Arthur A. “Art” Fishbaine, 89, a resident of Presby­terian Village at Hollidays­burg, formerly of Altoona, died Saturday at the Village.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Joseph and Mildred Fishbaine.

Surviving are his wife, Lynn (Cohen) of Hollidays­burg, his adored companion of 66 years; his three beloved sons: Steven and wife, Penni, of State College, Joel and wife, Susan, of Pittsburgh and Daniel of Chicago, Ill.; five grandchildren: Joshua, Arielle, Gabrielle, Elana and Dylan Fishbaine. Though far in distance, he felt close to his wife’s brother, Joel Cohen, and his wife, Susan, in California. Art is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his sole sibling, Edwin Fishbaine, in 2007.

After pursuing two corporate executive jobs, one in Chicago and one in Bing­ham­ton, N.Y., Art returned to Altoona in 1969 as vice president of marketing of a major division of Warnaco. Years later, he was enticed to the financial industry by a friend, and, after a successful career as vice president of investments at PaineWebber, he retired in 1997.

Art enjoyed playing the piano, often surrounded by friends for sing-a-longs. His interest in music served him well on the talent committee of the Blair County Civic Music Association, where, with musician and teacher, Ed McGuire, Art helped select musical greats for performances at the Mishler Theatre. Art and his wife, Lynn, were ardent supporters of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Traveling with Lynn was a special pleasure, and together they visited more than 20 countries, albeit some for only a day.

Always interested in library activities, Art was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Altoona Area Public Library, serving as president for several terms. He was also gratified by the time that he spent as a hospital volunteer visiting patients at the Altoona Hospital.

He was a member of Agudath Achim Synagogue, Altoona, and a lifetime member and the first president of the Friends of the Altoona Area Public Library, an organization founded by Lynn in 1971.

Friends will be received from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service on Monday, July 23, 2018, at E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home Inc., 2309 Broad Ave., Altoona. Committal will be at Agudath Achim Cemetery.