LEMONT – Art Garibay, an active member of the Lemont community, died on Aug. 21 at age 81.
Garibay was a former Lemont Liquor Commissioner, WIll County Deputy Sheriff and president of the Lemont Law Enforcement Association.
He was also involved in the Lemont Artists Guild and the Lemont Historical Society.
Garibay was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and worked as an entrepreneur and artist. He also spent his free time as an amateur radio operator.
Lemont Police Chief Kevin Shaughnessy met Garibay through the liquor commission and said he came to admire his strength, quiet confidence and deep commitment to Lemont.
"Art was a true gentleman who served not only his country, but the village and Will County and was just a tremendous person," he said. "It was our loss when he passed."
Liz Popp, the president of the Lemont Artists Guild, said Garibay was a member of the guild for as long as she had been involved.
She said he was a kind, considerate man who she loved to talk to.
"He was really dedicated in so many ways to his own art but also to promoting others' art," she said.