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In Memory

Arthur F. Costantini

Arthur F. Costantini

Dr.  Arthur Frederick Costantini Obituary

DR. ARTHUR FREDERICK COSTANTINI Greensboro, NC — Dr. Arthur Frederick Costantini, 75, passed away Monday February 25th 2019 at the Whitestone Masonic Wellness Center in Greensboro, NC. Born May 15, 1943 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, he was the son of the late Arthur and Mary (Gianotti) Costantini. Dr. Costantini graduated with his Bachelors (1965) and Masters (1967) in Psychology from University of Bridgeport, his Doctorate in Psychology (1971) from Kent State University and his Masters (1978) in Supervisory Education from East Carolina University. Following graduation from Kent State University, Dr. Costantini taught at the University of Connecticut where he published several papers in child development. After many years in the cold northeast, the Costantini family relocated from Connecticut to Fayetteville, NC where Dr. Costantini became the Director of Exceptional Children for the Cumberland County Schools (1974-1981). He then spent a short stint with the Orleans Parish Schools in Louisiana (1981-1983) before moving to Jamestown, NC to serve as the Assistant Superintendent of Exceptional Children with the Guildford County Schools (1983-90.) Dr. Costantini transitioned to Mental Health and joined the Cumberland County Mental Health Center as the Assistant Director for Child and Family Services (1990-94) before retiring as the Director of Southeastern Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Wilmington, NC (1994-2009). Throughout the years, he never lost his love for teaching and continued developing young minds as a professor where at times he taught at various institutions including Lyndon State College (Vermont), Cleveland State University, North Carolina State, East Carolina University, Fayetteville State and University of North Carolina-Wilmington. After retiring from UNCW in 2010, Dr. Costantini was appointed by Governor Bev Perdue to the NC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors of which he served 2011-2015. Arthur had a passion for helping people. His steady demeanor and compassion were always available whether you were a family member, friend or just someone in need! He was always someone you could count on, no matter what challenges you were facing in life. He was available and ready to help. Arthur is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Ruth Anne (Liehn) Costantini; his two sons, Scott Costantini (Raleigh, NC) and Christopher Costantini and wife Tamara Summers Costantini (Waxhaw, NC); 5 grandchildren (Danielle, Alex, Skylar, Andrew and Isabella); Sister in law Barbara Payne and husband Robert (Raleigh NC) as well as many nieces, nephews and special lifelong friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Mary Costantini, sister, Evelyn Cisero, brother in law, Warren Liehn and sister in law, Jennifer Liehn. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday March 2, 2019 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm at Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home (Sedgefield Chapel) in Greensboro NC. Friends and Family are welcome to come and share how Dr. Costantini touched their lives. The Family will receive visitors immediately following the service at the Villas of Sedgefeild Clubhouse , 2 Carnoustie Trail, Greensboro NC 27407. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Parkinson's Foundation 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800 Miami, FL 33131 or Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro 2500 Summit Avenue Greensboro, NC 27405. Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfhsedgefield.com Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Feb. 28, 2019

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03/12/19 11:55 AM #1    

Sandra Ann Costeines (Silvestri)

Ruth, so very sorry and sucked to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

03/13/19 11:18 PM #2    

Barbara J. Yanutik (Brown)

Hi Ruth:  I am so sorry to hear about Art.  We were such close friends in grammer school and high school, but then lost contact as time went on.  I never realized how much he had accomplished.  Of course, remembering any of us way back then, it's impossbile to imagine how our lives would go.  Thank you for helping to give my dear friend a wonderful life.  And I'm glad he was able to give you the same.  I don't know what else to say, yet there are so many thoughts going thru my mind.  Sorry for the loss at this time, but no time is a good time.  Thinking of you and yours.  Barbara Yanutik (Brown).

03/14/19 06:58 AM #3    

Donald H. Parker

Ruth, I was saddened to hear of Art's death. It was long, long ago, but I remember hanging together. I was so blessed to read how accomplished he was in his field! You and your family will be in my prayers, and as an Episcopal priest, I will offer  Sunday's Eucharist in his memory.   Don Parker

03/14/19 04:09 PM #4    

Rita E. Skog

Ruth Anne and Family,

So saddened to hear of Art's passing. You are in my prayers at this time. May you find peace and comfort in your memories in the coming days.


03/15/19 09:49 AM #5    

Edward A. Hayduk

So very sorry Ruth for the sadness of the passing of such a special old friend from those crazy wonderful high school years . We were more then friends , more like family and our crazy bunch of goof offs were one in a million. So sad we lost contact but you guys were always in Heart & Mind. We"ll all be together again on the front steps of Ole CHS above and lauging like crazy again ! GOD Bless & much LOVE,      Ed & Carol Hayduk 

03/16/19 11:39 AM #6    

Jerry A. Feinstein

So sorry about the passing of Art. I have always had a special place for my years at Central and all of my Classmates and always will. I remember Art very well. I was unaware of how much he had accomplished in his life. Am sure that you and your children must be and should be very proud of what he accomplished during his life.

Jerry Feinstein

03/16/19 04:57 PM #7    

Milton J. Levine

I do recall Art and certianly was in some of his classes. My condolenses to the family.


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