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Christopher Arthur, born Cristo Anastaciou of Providence, Rhode Island our beloved Poppy, in his 96th year of life died peacefully at home on August 1st surrounded by his loving family.



Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Chris, also known as "Tephonse" or "Skippy", was a handsome, sharp-dressed young man who drove a Black Model T Ford. He became a gifted Brick and Stone Mason who took great pride in his work. He married the love of his life, Harriet, and they had a beautiful family of seven children. He then moved his family to Tampa in 1974, building many of our beautiful Downtown and Ybor City structures as well as adding much beauty to our South Tampa neighborhoods. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Harriet Havey. Their love created a small village... Having 7 children, 25 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren who were all the light of his life...





The all-star list includes...





Children:



Christine Suschena Vos, husband Phil of Cedar Rapids, Iowa



Donna Worthington, husband Frank of Tampa, Florida



Doreen Barrett, husband Robert (Bob) of Valdosta, Georgia



Christopher Arthur of Tampa, Florida



Steven Arthur, wife Christine (Christy) McCullough



Lori Finitz, husband Shawn of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida



Terri Arthur Berger of Tampa, Florida





Grandchildren:



Sherri Suschena, husband Eric Slinkard



Michelle Fox, husband Gabriel (Gabe)



Kristen Taylor, husband Vaughn



Deanna (DeeDee) Perez, husband David



Alicia Suschena, partner Lucas (Luke)



Melissa Henderson, husband Anthony



Steve Vos



Fawnda LeClair, husband Michael (Mike) LeClair



Jennifer Ryle, husband Sean



Jeff Worthington



Melissa Fisher, husband David (Fish)



Olivia Barrett



Brittany Arthur, Fiancé Ryan Everetts



Victoria Arthur



Hannah Arthur



David Casperson, partner Rachael



Nicole Casperson, partner Jordan



Christian Casperson, partner Cassie



Christina (Nina) Crouch, husband Michael



Ashley Ferianc, partner Miguel Ortiz



Laura Albenzio, husband Jeff



Sara Finitz



Robert (Rob) Schoos, wife Erin



Elizabeth (Bizzy) Schoos



Steven (Bear) Schoos





Great Grandchildren:



Tanner Slinkard



William (Willie) Slinkard



Alexis Henderson



Zac Henderson



Emily Henderson



Natalie Vos



Trent Vos



Rowan Ruebke



Frederikke Vladislava Lane (Fritzi) Fox



Janel Taylor



Gavin Taylor



Kaylee Taylor



Kylee Mc Intosh, husband Estebon (Stevie)



Jacob LeClair



Ava LeClair



Ricardo (Ricky) Ortiz



Lola Ortiz



Cameron Ryle



Dylan Ryle



Aubrey Casperson



Aleah Gallart



Alex Gallart



Aviana



Sophia Crouch



Aubrey Albenzio



Ebba Rose... still baking



Benjamin Durfee



Nola Pearl Schoos





Nieces and Nephews:



Steve Arthur, Mary Arthur, Linda Arthur and Michael Arthur of Atlanta, Georgia



Dennis Poissant and Michael Poissant of Attleboro, Massachusetts



Arthur Hinds, Bobby Havey, Bruce Havey, John Havey



Gene Brady and Nancy Brady Childers





... Along with their partners and many beautiful children, his great nieces and great nephews.





Let's not forget the abundance of friends he made over the years...



Nothing made Poppy light up more than to see his children, grands, great grands, and special friends walk through the door. Poppy knew no strangers and welcomed everyone into his home as if it were their own. Once you broke bread together, you had a permanent invite to come eat and drink whenever.. no special occasion needed.



This is how Poppy led, by example. Never at a loss for a funny story, Poppy was as smart as he was funny. He read the paper everyday of his life, enjoying the comics in color on Sunday. He could discuss any topic with great insight... Particularly who owned what land or building and what was being built next. He taught us that history was important, sharing stories of growing up in the segregated North and South with his unique perspective as the son of a restaurant owner in the Deep South. He worked hard and exemplified that a hard day's work builds character and integrity, no matter what type of work it is. He was that man who related to everyone in the same manner, regardless of status or wealth.. Our Poppy taught us that we all put our pants on one leg at a time, that everyone is probably intrinsically good and deserves respect. But most importantly, Poppy had the most generous soul imaginable. He was strong, yet gentle. A true gem of a man.



Poppy loved beer and chocolate (especially dark kisses and Oreos), oh! and ice cream was a bedtime must. He was always sure to throw a wink and smile at the girls... always certain that Nana knew she was his most special doll!



We will miss Poppy at the table, but we will be sure to keep his coffee cup warm. We will miss him sneaking us chocolate, but we will keep his jar full and make sure the grands and great grands continue to enjoy sneaking treats from his room...



But most of all we will keep our promise to you, Poppy, to take care of the love of your life, our Nana, until she goes to be with you again.



We love you, Poppy... Rest in Peace. We will be together again.



In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Lifepath Hospice at 3010 West Azeele Street Tampa, FL 33609.