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Arthur Alexander Windecker III

1937 - 2016

Arthur Alexander Windecker III, of Goleta, passed away on December 7, 2016.

Art was born in Newark, NJ on March 27, 1937, the first son of the late Arthur Jr. and Beatrice (Bickford) Windecker. He grew up in Chatham, NJ and graduated from The Taft School before attending Harvard College and Columbia University.

After working a variety of jobs, ranging from merchant seaman to bank teller, Art moved to San Gabriel, California in 1966. He studied computer programming at Pasadena City College and was subsequently hired as a systems programmer by the Burroughs Corporation. When the company moved him to Goleta in 1969, Art became a very active and enthusiastic member of the Santa Barbara Bachelors ‘N’ Bachelorettes square dancing club. Well before personal computers became common, he used his programming skills to support the BnBs, maintaining a monthly calendar, creating announcements and fliers, and working out complex dance routines. He was also a dedicated bridge player and played often with various groups in the Santa Barbara area. An avid reader, Art collected many books, seldom missing the annual Santa Barbara Planned Parenthood book sale.

Art is predeceased by his life partner of nearly two decades, Maria Pereyra (Santa Barbara) and by his parents. He is survived by his brother, Richard C. Windecker (Patricia) of Shrewsbury, NJ, his nieces, Karin Windecker and Laura Windecker, and several cousins.

The funeral was private. Donations in Art’s memory may be made to Planned Parenthood, California Central Coast.

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