In Memory

Arthur Siccardi - Class Of 1973

Arthur P. Siccardi III (Sept. 4, 1955 - Aug. 9, 2012) was a devoted and loving son to Artie Siccardi; brother to Drew and Drew's wife, Lori; proud uncle of Melanie and Cody, and nephew of Jean Mandel, and Gail and Ray Buttenbaum. He was a loyal friend to Beverly Deutsch and many other lucky people in Tupper Lake, N.Y., Basking Ridge, N.J., and New York City.

A graduate of Paramus High and Wheeling College, in 1983 Arthur received a master's in social work from Columbia University. He then began work at the Somerset Hills Residential Treatment Center, where for over 29 years, he worked with boys ages 11 to 16 who faced severe emotional, behavioral, and environmental challenges. 

Arthur was passionate about food, the Adirondacks, gardening, and theatre. He was a great cook and began his love affair with food by learning from his mother, Jane Siccardi, and his maternal grandparents, Rudy and Jeanette Waller. Rudy owned one of the last small butcher shops in Cliffside Park, N.J., and his home was filled with good cooking for his family and friends. Arthur carried on the tradition and would even special order arugula at the supermarket in the Adirondacks for his dinners with friends, this, before it was commonly available.

As for the Adirondacks, from the age of 10, he spent part of every summer up at Tupper Lake, and was never happier than sitting on his deck reading a book, working on his tan, contemplating planting his flowers, and enjoying the magnificent sunsets. His other love, theatre, Arthur was able to indulge by working for his father at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on Broadway as a stagehand and visiting his brother who is a stagehand at the New Amsterdam Theatre. He was an avid theatergoer and also introduced many of the boys he worked with to Broadway.

Arthur was full of good cheer, loved the simple pleasures of life, such as attending Yankee and Giants games, and cared deeply for the people around him. His care and love for his stepmother, Susan MacNair, throughout her illness was memorable. He would want everyone to "live for today" as he did.