Arthur North Obituary, Little Falls (1928 – 2024) – Death Notice And Visitation

Death: Arthur Louis North Obituary – Mr. Arthur Louis North, 95, a lifelong resident of Little Falls, died peacefully on Monday evening, March 25, 2024, at Alpine Nursing and Rehabilitation in Little Falls. Arthur North, the only son of John and Loretta North, was born on December 15, 1928, in Queens, New York. Art completed his studies at Fordham University, which he adored. He continued his Jesuit studies and received a Master’s degree in journalism. Arthur traveled the world with his parents, which contributed to his well-rounded education.

Arthur’s father, a proponent of duty and discipline, supported his son’s service in the United States Air Force, and he was honorably discharged in 1953 with the rank of Second Lieutenant. Arthur’s love of service led him to a position as a congressional attaché. He was influential in the enactment of Massachusetts’ first bottle bill in 1983. Arthur’s journalism prowess was demonstrated throughout his years at the New York Times. His stories of life as a newspaperman in New York City were both wild and enthralling. Art was as clever as he was eccentric.

His life seemed like Cinderella in reverse. Retirement looked to have set Arthur free. Departing from New York City, he took the train to Upstate New York, where cows outnumbered people. He moved into an old farm house with little conveniences and filled it with stray dogs and cats. Arthur adored all animals. Leaving fashion, economics, and politics aside, Arthur found genuine pleasure in his later years. He was known as the “Cat Man” because he would use his last dime to buy liver for any stray who approached him. Melon Head is the favorite feline.

Arthur had a great friend, Laura Morse, who helped him over the years. Arthur North, a modest man, leaves behind three friends: Judy Piana, Kathy Fox, and (K-2) Kathy Hudson. Arthur had many friends at the Office for the Aging who will miss his regular phone calls during the day. Arthur would also want to thank Officer Justin Dibble for their friendship. Arthur’s desire to remain in his house, surrounded by the belongings he had accumulated throughout his life. In his latter years, he appreciated the simple pleasures, such as cheesecake, vanilla ice cream, and a good glass of wine. We’d like to thank Kathy Hudson and Becky for providing care in his home. A special thanks to Rick Fox, who enjoyed sitting and talking politics while listening to Arthur’s numerous stories.

Arthur coined several Arthurisms, including “This life on earth is the temporary zone” and “I’m not complaining, I’m just commenting.” He spent the final months of his “temporary zone” with his three companions as well as his new friends at Alpine Rehab, who continued to love Arthur into eternity. A particular thank you to his roommate Bill, who was constantly checking over Arthur in his dying days. Arthur died throughout the night on March 25, 2024, with his robot cat, “the companion of my tranquility,” curled beside him.

His funeral arrangements will be handled by Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, between Little Falls and St. Johnsville, 315-508-5131, Cremation Specialists. Services will be held at the discretion of the family, with the final burial taking place down state.

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