Message from Rick Skidmore
July 20, 2020 1:11 PM
On a whim, I just Googled Art Potts and sadly stumbled onto his obituary. I was going to reach out to him and share with him how impactful he (and his mom) were to me as a teenager.
My first job was at the Olney Pet Shop. In May of 1979, I walked into every store on 5th street asking for a job. I was only 12 years old. When I walked into the Pet Shop, I was greeted by a friendly older woman (Katherine Potts), who asked me if I loved animals and would work hard. I of course said yes and with that, I got my first job, which paid $2.00/hour. I met Art on my first day of work and got to know both Art and Mrs. Potts well in the 4 years I worked there. I learned a love of animals, work ethic and what it took to run a business. Art was always friendly and acted as a mentor to me at such an impressionable age. 3 years ago, I was able to salvage the original Olney Pet Shop sign from 5th street and it now hangs in my house, serving as a reminder to how important my time at the Pet Shop was.
Today, I own my own business and employ 75 people. Many of the lessons I learned back in my days at the Pet Shop, are the reason I have been successful in business.
PS. If anyone has any old pictures of the pet shop, I would love to see them. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Potts’s humanity moved and motivated me. We were friends, volunteers and board members of Friends Of Fisher Park in the ‘90s. He was a gentle soul with an inexhaustible volunteer spirit and always ready to laugh. Went to the pet shop not for a pet, but for his advice. His Haunted House creations were so much fun! Blessed to have known him.
A candle was lit by Joan L
on May 28, 2020 2:59 PM
Art was a super guy! He always had time for everyone. I never saw him without a smile on his face. He has gone way too soon!
Message from Edward and Diane Allwein
May 15, 2020 3:42 PM
A truly wonderful person; may he rest in peace!
Message from Harvey M. Ballen
May 14, 2020 4:31 PM
Art was possibly one of the most generous men that I have known. Not in the sense of giving large sums of money to organizations to have buildings named for them, but in the giving of his time. So many of his acts and efforts were through his volunteerism, the giving of himself.
There is an ancient Hebrew term called Tikkun Olam. It is a concept defined by acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world. This was the essence of Art Potts, he worked at perfecting or repairing the world. And this world needs more Art Potts - he will be sorely missed.
A candle was lit by Joan Larkin
on May 9, 2020 7:49 PM
I'm so sorry to hear of Art's passing. I knew Art from Olney Town Watch. He was always glad to see everyone and would help anyone, anytime. R.I.P. Art!
Message from Gail and Mark Glickman
May 13, 2020 4:19 PM
Art will always be remembered as a real gentleman and giving of himself when asked for help no matter what he was in the middle of doing he stopped and spent as much time necessary to finish the task. He always had a warm smile and laugh and heart of
gold. He will be sadly missed by everyone he came in contact with. Rest in Peace Art.