Arthur “Art” John Maher, an editor, musician and former Montclair resident, died on Feb. 15, 2020. He was 85.

Mr. Maher was founder and first chief editor of Guitar World Magazine, former managing editor of Popular Mechanics and Mechanix Illustrated, and chief editor of Country Music Magazine.  

He was the first Magazine Publishers Association intern at The Wall Street Journal and went on to be an associate editor at American Home, American Builder. He put in a stint as a publicist with Joe Wolhandler & Associates for various TV shows and products, and for firms such as DuPont Corp., CBS Playhouse, Tomorrow Productions, Sears Roebuck and Milton Bradley Corp.

Mr. Maher was born in Brooklyn and attended Brooklyn Tech and Long Island University. He moved to Montclair  in 1977, living in the township until 2004. He got his M.A. in American history at Montclair State University, started a new career in real estate, taught guitar in and around Montclair and had his own country band, “Tulsa.” 

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He enjoyed photography, reading, listening to music and, most of all, playing his guitar.

Mr. Maher is survived by his sister, Kathryn Lucille Rowe, brother, Francis, wife, Judy (Schaefer), children, Kenneth and David (Maria), and grandchildren, Zachary, Sarah Cicero (Gerard), David Jr. and Alexander.

He was predeceased by a sister, Gertrude Florence, and a brother, William Joseph.  

 A life celebration will be held in 2021.

Cremation was arranged through Shook’s Cedar Grove Funeral Home.  

Donations in his memory may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, N.Y. 10018, (800-473-4636) or the Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014,, 800-708-7644.