September 7, 1934 - August 7, 2012
Age 77, of Castile, NY, died August 7, 2012 at the Teresa House in Geneseo, NY after an extended illness. He died peacefully with his family at his side.
He was born September 7, 1934 in Lancaster, NY, son of the late Lawrence W. and Helen S. Kornacki Tamrowski. He graduated from Lancaster High School in 1952 and remained close to many of his former classmates.
He married Agnes Ann Wooley on June 20, 1959 at St. James Parish in Depew, NY. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Art Education from Buffalo State College in 1960, later completing graduate work there while living in Castile and teaching high school art at Letchworth Central School.
Art lived an amazing professional and personal life. He was a gifted teacher and mentor to thousands of students, many of whom remained in touch with him through his final days. His classroom was legendary; a place of humor, creative instruction and acceptance of everyone’s individuality. He was a visionary in his curriculum, initiating the first high school film class in New York State. At Letchworth Central School, he was well respected for his Holiday Lobby displays at Christmas, being an outstanding yearbook advisor, class advisor and creative designer for theater performances. Mr. “T” was an inspiration to his students, many of whom went on to successful artistic and humanitarian endeavors. He made learning fun.
Mr. “T’s” efforts were not limited to the classroom. He also brought his stylistic talents to weddings, window displays, Wyoming County Fair exhibits and special occasions throughout Wyoming County. He was called upon for many projects and never said no. It was his joy to serve and to expose others in the community to opportunities in the outside world. For years he was director of the Castile Recreation Summer Program and worked tirelessly to provide quality recreation for local youth. His concern for young people was also evident in his efforts to create places for teens to gather.
Art was a dancer and a mover. He taught dance to the young and old; everything from ballroom to disco and beyond. Although he was not a musician himself, he had a deep love for all genre of music. He made CD’s for friends celebrating special occasions. Art knew that music was the soundtracks of our lives. He had a deep love for popular culture and stayed current in music, film, theater and the tech world. He was a techno file to the end.
In his so called retirement, he was busy and productive. He worked in landscape design, the early stages of the Wyoming County Council for the Arts and was active in the Central Western Zone of the New York Retired Teacher’s Association. In this capacity, he designed their special anniversary issue.
Art was also an innovator. As Executive Director of Letchworth Cable Access since 1985, he brought his talents and vision to the local cable television studio. Art brought local events to living rooms across Wyoming County. He continued to mentor interns at Letchworth Cable Access, sharing his vast knowledge of video technique.
Art had an amazing life. He and life-long friends, colleagues and family had good times, much laughter and joy and many memories. He loved travel, good food and drink, soaked up knowledge like a sponge, poured over well worn maps and tended to his many tropical plants. His playful wit and humor were present to the end.
If his students need a bit of wisdom from “Mr. T” it might be in the words of Stanley Kunitz; “Be what you are. Give what is yours to give. Have style. Dare.” This is how Art lived.
Surviving are his devoted wife, Aggie; his children, Nancy (John) Goetz of Corning, NY, Nina (Mark Rupprecht) Tamrowski of Clay, NY, Seth (Van) Tamrowski of Pasadena, CA; his grandchildren, Matt, Leigha and Tom Goetz, Tim, Joseph and Liam Rupprecht and Will and Harry Tamrowski. Art played an important role in his grandchildren’s lives and will be greatly missed, but he leaves countless fond memories.
There are no calling hours. A Memorial Mass and celebration of Art’s life will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 11 AM at St. Isidore’s Parish, St. Mary’s Church Site, Silver Springs, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teresa House, 21 Highland Rd., Geneseo, NY 14454 or Castile Community Club, PO Box 401, Castile, NY 14427. Arrangements are being completed by Harmon-Watson Funeral Home, Castile.
August 25, 2012 : Memorial Mass for Arthur Victor Tamrowski at St. Mary’s Church, Silver Springs - 11:00 AM - At St. Isidore's Parish, St. Mary's Church site, Silver Springs
Oct 7.12 from Brian Karcheski:
Sorry to hear about Mr. T passing. Living in Alaska I just found out from my lil sis and am truly blessed to have known, worked for, studied under, and called Mr. T a friend. We lost a great man and my heart goes out to you and your family.
Sep 28.12 from Nancy Hough:
Art will never be forgotten by me. He was unique in his approach to life. My memories of his decorating 40 Irwinwood Road and planting the delphinium garden are still vivid. We had so many laughs over his impersonations and skits in the living room. Your family was the one I wanted to emulate and I will always be grateful for those treasured times. He has been taken from us far too soon but I am sure he is now doing his magic in heaven.
Sep 3.12 from eugene kornacki:
i remember art from the time i around two and a half years old and he was alwats so active he was a dancer a witty funny person the last time i seen him was at memories restaurant in lancaster. i called him on the phone in april and we were going to meet when he came to lancaster afor breakfast or lunch i was about to call him because he didnt call me when i got bad news of his passing.he reALLY WAS AGOOD PERSON.I WAS LOOKING FOWARD TO MEETING WITH HIM I HAD SO MANY THINGS PLANNED TO SAY TO HIM ABOUT THE EARLY YEARS FROM THE FORTIES AND FIFTHIES. IM TRULY SORRY HES GONE AND WILL MISS HIM
Aug 31.12 from Kenjiro Hayashi:
As an art teacher and as a host father, you have given me so many meanings to my life. Without you, I wouldn’t be what I am now.
When I was gradated from Cal State Long Beach and when I was married with Aya, you always stood by me. I’m sorry that I was 60,000 miles away from you when I was supposed to stand by you. Please keep watching us and protect us from where you are now.
Aug 27.12 from Mike Sullivan:
Dear Aggie & Family
T. One letter that says so much. Art was a gentleman, a teacher, a friend and an inspiration to so many. May the fond memories and kind words of his many friends comfort you at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest in peace Friend. Mike & Jean Sullivan class of '65.
Aug 26.12 from Chris and Cynthia Jones:
Mr. Tamrowski enriched the lives of both the Letchworth School students and the entire community, years from know you will still find lives that he touched. It was an honor to have him known him.
To his family: find peace in the wealth of memories he left.
Chris and Cindy Jones
Letchworth Class of 1980
Aug 22.12 from joan and red kempisty:
I know Art is welcomed by all family and friends who have gone before him. He's probably doing all the fun things he's done in this life.(making everyone happy) He was such a remarkable person who will be missed by so many.
Aug 21.12 from Jeanette Symenow:
Aggie & Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Art's passing. He was a fun guy and a good friend to my parents, and to so many others. May God's love comfort you as He welcomes Art home to heaven.
Aug 19.12 from Rose and Brune Picchi:
Art was a very close friend with whom we shared many wonderful times. He was gracious and giving and will be very fondly remembered.
Aug 19.12 from Mark Randall:
Mrs Tamrowski & Family: Our lives 1st interacted at Castile's summer Recreation & Swimming lessons when I was a young boy. I am so so sad to learn of Mr T's passing. I am so proud to see that he was able to continue living his & your dreams, and that you both were able to continue your passions together. As prior neighbors via our back yards, Seth & other guys would play out back and in the orchards. I remember Mr T's love of the automobile, via his convertibles. He & you Mrs. T were great Teachers and even greater parents and neighbors. You both have & will continue to touch every life you have come in touch with, and we all are better for have knowing you Mr T & Mrs T. You will be in my prayers Mrs T, Seth, Nina & Nancy!
Aug 17.12 from Mike Pachuta:
Art inspired me to take adventures and whenever I saw him I knew I would hear a great story and never stop smiling. He will be greatly missed! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Aug 15.12 from Wendy Lou Morris:
Dear Aggie and Family
I want you all to know what an honor it was to have spent some time with Art,with both of you. We simply do not ever know how many gifts can be given to each other, even in those final days and moments. As I said to you Aggie, "When the student is ready, the teacher will come". A true miracle that Art was teaching no matter what! Even at a place called Teresa House. I am still amazed that with Gods grace Art could become my teacher, if just for those few days in July & August. His spirit will go on. I still have that song in my heart Aggie, a song that began with David Starr Jordan. I am putting it down on paper and this song will have some of Art's teachings wrapped around it. Thank you. Miracles show up in many ways. Comfort & Blessings to your beautiful family in this difficult transition and may the love of God surround you always. Peace, Wendy Lou Morris Nunda, NY
Aug 14.12 from Mr. & Mrs. Richard Grasby Sr.:
Mr. T. was a very good teacher and freind we will miss he very much i'm sorry for your loss i know words can't change anything but i know Mr. T is in a much better place now. May God be with you and your family at this hard time in your life. Peace be with you until you can join him in Heaven.
Aug 14.12 from Elizabeth Cali-Clark:
Nina, so sorry to hear about your father. He will be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Aug 14.12 from Arlene Cline:
Art will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. He saved alot of students from themselves. He was patience, kindness and a wonderful person.
Aug 14.12 from Cheryl Langdon:
I wish I had known him. He must have been a wonderful man to have raised such a fine daughter. I'm sorry for your loss Nina and family.
Aug 13.12 from John & Judy Hawk:
To Aggie and Family:
Our deepest sympathys to you and yours. Art was a very good friend during our high school days. We had a lot of fun, and our share of nonsense together. I am sure he will be sadley missed by you and your friends and family. God Bless
Aug 13.12 from Susan Barth:
I was a student of Mr T's in 1974 and 75. I have fondly remembered him over the years as someone who dared us to imagine. I am very sorry to hear of your loss of someone who was so full of encouragement to us all. I hope Mr. T wore his boots to heaven so he could show the angels just what color his coffee needed to be. God Bless.
Aug 13.12 from Jill (Woolley) and John Church:
I've been thinking back about the fun we all had with Uncle Art. My kids will always remember the way he goofed around with them- he was the "funny uncle" to them! Our condolences to you Aunt Aggie and all our cousins. We hope your memories have you smiling again soon-
Aug 12.12 from Kathryn FitzSimmons:
I am so proud to call Artie my life-long friend. We had the best conversations, quiet moments and much laughter. You and Aggie always made me feel a part of your family. Rest in peace, my beautiful friend. You were indeed a gorgeous presence who graced our lives for a while. (and you didn't even realize how much you affected us) You made the world a better place, Artie. Thank you.
Aug 12.12 from Mona Frye:
First Mrs. T. in Jr. High Art, then Mr. T. in High School. Always encouraging to those who were gifted to reach higher and stretched us to beyond what we thought we were capable of. I hear your voice still. Love to you and yours always. See you in glory, Mona
Aug 12.12 from Steve and Amy (Ziegler) Tillotson:
Dear Mrs. T and Family,
"The angels are always near to those who are grieving to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God." ~ Eileen Elias Freeman
Mr. T touched both of our lives with his loving kindness and wonderful sense of adventure! His eyes truly sparkled, so full of light, life, and love. Wishing you and your family peace and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Amy and Steve
Aug 12.12 from Christopher Berry:
"For his heart was in his work, and the heart giveth grace unto every art"- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Rest in Peace Mr T.
Aug 11.12 from Tricia (Horton) Mikos:
Class of 1988 Mrs. Tamrowski and Family, my heart goes out to you during this difficult time. You were both the most amazing people I have encountered. You and Mr. “T” go down as one of the best teachers I have had. He made you look beyond what you could see. His ability to mentor, teach, encourage, and inspire was unbelievable! I’ve have often thought of one class that he explained – LIFE –He stated this… “if we didn’t give a blank about our work then why would anyone else give a blank about what we were doing and we better start giving a blank!" He was so right about that and for that I was grateful and smile everytime I think of it!! I could go on and on about his talents, but you already have been blessed by them. It’s been nearly 25 years and I thank him and you for letting me see beyond the rainbow and for all the wonderful memories! God bless and peace be with each of you!
Aug 11.12 from Carla Moore:
Mr T - one of a kind!
Letchworth Class of 1973
Aug 11.12 from Mary Lee DeGolyer Page:
He stepped into the art room at Letchworth Central and our lives were changed forever. Aggie & family - we are praying for you as you walk on without him. Much love, "Mare"& Reggie
Aug 11.12 from Brenda Gardner Smith:
To the fantastic family of the incredible Mr. T...My heart goes out to you. As you already know, Mr. T. was one of the most amazing people that ever graced the earth. I have wonderful heartwarming memories of this wonderful man who was not only a teacher but also a friend. May his wonderful soul rest in peace and his memories stay alive in you forever.
Aug 11.12 from Ron & Bobbie Carney:
We will always cherish the memories of your work at LCS and the great chats we had at various functions and parties.
Aug 11.12 from Diane Panone (Dunmyer):
I am so sad to hear of the loss of Mr T. We were all so lucky to have known him. What an amazing father & grandfather he must have been because as a teacher, he was the best! I am so glad that I told him so about 10 years ago by email. Heaven has to be more colorful now.
Aug 10.12 from Jeffrey Campbell:
Mr. T was an amazing teacher and I always looked forward to his class. I would not be doing what I am doing today if I wouldn't have been introduced to video production through Mr. T's cinematography class and working evenings at the cable access station. My condolences go out to Aggie and the rest of the Tamrowski family.
Aug 10.12 from Tracey Wallace Connolly:
Mr. T, teacher, Art, my neighbor, so glad I had the opportunity to know you in both capacities. I will miss our talks on York's porch on those warm summer evenings. But I will always cherish the memories.
Tracey and family
Aug 10.12 from Dawn Miller:
Our class of 65' danced, performed, painted, sketched, decorated, yearbooked, laughed, joked, on, and on, all through our high school years - all because of Mr. T! Thanks Mr. T for all the great gifts and memories.
Aggie, "The Dennis Miller Family" send their thoughts and prayers to you and your family. May God's light shine within your heart during this time of sadness.
Aug 10.12 from Shirley Woolley:
Art always made everyone laugh with his antics. The children enjoyed every visit we had. Shared Thanksgivings, parties, and just good visits. Will miss him very much.
Aug 10.12 from judy uveino:
My condolences to the family, What a wonderful man, my first day of high school I was scared to death he must have seen this came up to me put a hand on my shoulder and said "lets go make a picture " It was if that was all I needed to hear. I was fine after that. God speed to you.
Aug 10.12 from Douglas Woolley:
This brother- in-law was really a big brother to me. He taught me much, and was a joy to know. I cherish all the memories of him, and miss him deeply.
Aug 10.12 from Julie Eads-Woolley:
There never was a more gracious and loving brother in law! I am so lucky to be a part of his family!
Aug 10.12 from Jill Edwards Smith:
Mr. T was an amazing man. I had the best times in his class, not only learning about art but life and how to treat people. You could be who you were and he loved you regardless. I haven't seen him since high school but have never forgotten him. This world was a much better place with him in it!
Aug 10.12 from Kirk Hurlburt:
Mrs T and family: I am so glad I was his friend to the end, that I saw him three weeks ago. I am so glad he still considered me a friend, too. Kirk LCS class 1972
Aug 10.12 from Jill Marsh Jackson:
Mrs.T and family,
My heart hurts for you in your loss of an amazing man. I have SO many awesome memories of Mr.T. He was a wonderful man and I hope that your memories will help you during this difficult time.
Aug 10.12 from Louise Barlow Haskins:
Where do I begin - Mr. T was not only my teacher but also my neighbor until I graduated and moved from Castile. He taught me how to dance, draw (which was a challenge), but best of all have fun. I will always remember his dog Puxley - the only dog I knew that would catch rocks - his ducks, and just the amazing times I had growing up next door. You are in my heart Mr. T.
Aug 10.12 from Gina Turner:
Some of my fondest memories of Letchworth were in Mr. T's classroom. I still remember art submitted to the Fair and my blue ribbons. He still brings a smile to my face so many years later. Be comforted knowing he made so many people smile.
Aug 10.12 from Brenda McNulty:
Mr. T was my absolutely the most amazing person I've ever known. His many talents, most especially how he connected with all of us in school and his passion for life is something I will never forget. He is definitely one of my "Five People" that I hope to meet with when it is my time to cross over. God Bless you, Mt. T and my love and prayers to your wonderful family. Agie and family; please know that you are not alone. He will always be just a whisper away. God love you.
Aug 10.12 from Donna Diver (Smith):
Thank u Mr. T, you were an outstanding teacher. You were so amazing you could even make my stick figures look good. You will forever have an impact on my life. My thoughts go out to Mrs. T and your family.
Aug 10.12 from Sheila Tisdale:
My sincere condolences for your loss.
Words are rushing throught my mind with the things I would like to say.
I never had the pleasure of knowing Mr. T on a personal level, but I had the GREAT pleasure of having you both as my teachers. Please believe me when I say that both you and Mr. T had the biggest and best effect on me as a student. You both without a doubt were my favorite teachers. To this day I smile when I think about your classes. I wish that I had taken the time to tell Mr. T how great a teacher he was before.
Thank you both for being a part of so many people's lives. Again I am truly sorry for your loss.
Aug 10.12 from Julie (Rissinger) Wirth:
Thank you Mr. T. We appreciate your influence and feel the hole that you have left behind. Prayers for your family as they mourn their loss. Especially for Mrs. T.
Aug 10.12 from Brian L. Brown:
Mr. T, thank you, thank you so very much. You lead us, you guided us and you never forgot us.
Aug 10.12 from Debra Noble Russell:
My deepest sympathies to you, Mrs. T. You well know how dearly I thought of Art. You and he motivated me to allow my imagination to run free. I have nothing but the utmost respect for you both. I pray, Agnes, you find peace in knowing how much he loved you. He always spoke highly of you to all of us students, his tone carried the lilt of a man deeply in love with his wife. I remember thinking back then; if only I find a husband who cares as much for me, as this man does for his wife. Blessedly, I did. Thirty-nine years later, we're still happily married. You and Art have been an inspiration to so many. Thank you for sharing him and your gift of art, with all of us throughout the years. Warmest regards, Debbie (Noble) Russell
Aug 10.12 from Susan Stetzel:
Rest in Peace Mr.T, you made our world a more beautiful place for anyone lucky enough to be touched by you. Prayers for your family, I have no doubt that they'll miss you deeply.
Aug 10.12 from Kandie Browning Parker:
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of great loss. May you draw strength from the great memories, love , and laughter shared as a family. Mr. T will always be remembered with a smile and a dance.
Aug 9.12 from Wanda (Barnett) Fertig:
In losing Mr. T, the world has lost a bit of sunshine. May he be in the comfort of God's arms until his loved ones can be with him again. When I think of him, I will smile through my tears.
Aug 9.12 from Edwards Family:
Mr. T's Family very sorry for your lose He was a great man and may he look down from heaven and bless you all with the greatest happiness cause thats what he wanted for everyone.....R.I.P Mr. T
Aug 9.12 from Pam Berry:
Through your journey in this life Mr T, you touched so many souls. From your family, your friends and your students, you taught us all so much. Your time on this earth has blessed so many of us. Thank-you for enriching our lives. You will be dearly missed. Mrs T my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Aug 9.12 from Jason Beck:
Aggie and family, I am so sorry and sad beyond words for your loss. Art (Mr. T) has truly made an impact in my life like no other. For that I am eternally greatful and blessed for having known him. I will miss my friend.
Aug 9.12 from Karen (Carlile) Stroud:
Prayers for Mrs. Tamrowski and family. Mr. T brought much joy and laughter into our lives. He will be missed.
Aug 9.12 from Carmella and Charlie Wilkie:
I will remember you always and the wonderful lessons you have given me.
Aug 9.12 from Roxanne (Walton) Tuttle:
I believe we all were most fortunate to have had Mr. T as our teacher. School was a lot more fun because of him. Some of the movies we made were hysterical. Taking dance lessons were memorable and all the more so when I sprained my ankle. Mr. T you greatly enriched all of your students' lives as well as mine. Thank you God for giving us such a remarkable and talented teacher. Class of '71
Aug 9.12 from Marie-Elena Deeney:
Dear Aggie and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. I will always think of Art with that twinkle in his eyes, his enthusiasm for just about everything, his true interest in other people, and his kindness in our interactions. I will miss him. Marie-Elena