Anthony Michael North, 20, of Webster, passed away June 23, 2012.
Anthony was the most kind-hearted, loving son anyone could ask for. Even as he grew into a young man and tried to act more tough and independent, when any of his family were hurting or scared his true nature was quickly visible again. And even though he was kind at heart and the younger brother, as he grew to 6’ 1” he would become a protective force for his older sister. He was always self-conscious about his ability to make friends, but you couldn’t tell it by the long list of wonderful comments coming in from former friends and classmates. In the end, it seems he had so many more friends than he realized, and they all had recognized his big, bright, and inescapable smile. A smile that was at its brightest when he was finally able to find his perfect Ford F150 truck he had been dreaming of since he was little.
Anthony and his sister spent many summer vacations with their grandmother in Poland, learning some of the language and culture. He also began playing internet games as a teen, and became friends with people across the country and world. This lead to an interest in building computers, which he enjoyed doing for his family and friends. His interests recently combined when he began a project with his long-standing and long-distance on-line friend in Buffalo, NY (Adam). They began the process of building a website for players to register and run their Madden NFL game leagues. This, like all his other interests, quickly consumed him and he couldn’t think or talk about anything else for weeks. Ultimately, he decided to pursue a degree in Computer Science and Web Design.
His true passion, however, was sports. And specifically, he was the most involved in the Houston Texans! We had season tickets for the last few years, and he was ecstatic when we got to watch the first ever Texans playoff game at home last year. He refused to miss a single home game or draft party. In fact, you can see us in the front row of the draft party on the Texans website for about the past 4 years. His classmates and online friends all have said that they never needed to go any further than ask Anthony for the latest sports news.
Anthony is survived by his eternally proud and loving parents, Margarita and Doug North, his devoted and admiring big-sister, Laura, adoring grandmothers, Alina Dobtcheff and Gwen North, and his best little buddy and pet of 12 years, Jacky. He had been working hard over the past several weeks with us parents on his new condo in Tranquility Lake. He was busy picking out colors, carpet, tile, and fixtures with Mom, installing hardware, fixtures, door knobs, etc. with Dad, and even raising and finishing the installation of his microwave all on his own while we were sick. He was so excited about moving in this week while attending college.
We will all miss his unmistakable smile, and his quirky sense of humor. We’ll miss his generosity and his commitment to what he believes in. We’ll miss discussing politics and sports with him. We’ll miss his advice and teachings about computers and electronics while giving us his “you should know this” smirk. And we’ll miss his occasional grumpiness, sarcasm, and stubbornness as well. We will miss all his good traits as well as all his shortcomings, because they all make up the person he is. And we wouldn’t change a single thing about our handsome, brilliant, creative, generous, tenacious, and loving young man.
The family will receive friends from 9:00am until 11:00am Saturday, June 30th, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with the funeral service starting at 11:00am. Entombment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.