Arthur F. Sutliff
John J. O'Connor & Son Funeral Home
740 Adams Street
Dorchester, MA
Arthur Francis "Arkie" Sutliff, Korean War veteran, father of eight, restaurant and bar owner, sharp dresser, gardening great, and Christmas light aficionado, passed away on August 30, 2021. Arthur was born in Boston and raised in Dorchester, by his father William R. Sutliff and his mother Katherine Lee Sutliff. Arthur attended school in Dorchester and went on to join the United States Navy in September 1945. After the Navy, he joined the United States Army in January of 1951 and served in the Korean War. When his military service was complete, Arthur returned home and founded the John. P. McKeon Post No.146 in Dorchester. Arthur was a longtime business owner in Dorchester and Boston. He owned many restaurants and bars and finally settled on one business known as Kelly's Circle Cafe in Dorchester. That bar was later renamed the Upstairs Downstairs in Neponset Circle and stayed in business for 53 years. Arthur loved working on the landscaping and gardening of his beautiful home in Quincy. Many a passerby on Sea Street would stare at the beautifully manicured lawn and stunning flower arrangements that he worked so hard to maintain over the years. He was also slightly obsessed with Christmas lights and holiday decorations. People often referred to his house as "The Gingerbread House". Every year the house was decorated with thousands of twinkling lights and Christmas sculptures. The house appeared in local newspapers and on various television news channels during the holiday season. A smile would adorn Arkie's face when a child would ask, "does Santa Claus live in that house?". Arthur was also known to donate his time and money to many charities, law enforcement, and political events. Beloved husband of Mary Lou (Graham), loving father of Thomas and his wife Kelle of North Carolina, Edward and his wife Arnia of Montana, Christopher and his wife Susan of Weymouth, Elyse Sutliff of Quincy, John of Quincy, Paula Murphy and the late Sean Murphy of Dorchester and Anthony and his wife Galen of Chelmsford. He is also survived by nine loving grandchildren. Arthur was preceded in passing by his brother Paul Sutliff, sister Virginia Van der Meulen, sister Dorothy Sutliff, and daughter Katherine Sutliff. Also, many thanks and with great appreciation to all of Arthur's care team, Concerto Care of Hyde Park, NVNA, and Hospice of Norwell. His family would also like to thank Arthur's wonderful HHAs, Aine, Mary, Kelley, Briana, Mimi, Maureen, and Betty. Funeral services will be held at the Gilman Chapel in Cedar Grove Cemetery on Saturday. His viewing will be 9 am - 9:45 am, followed by a Catholic Mass 10 am - 10:45 am. Burial services 10:45 am -11 am. For directions and expressions of sympathy, please visit
Published by The Patriot Ledger on Sep. 2, 2021.
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9:00a.m. - 9:45a.m.
Gilman Chapel at Cedar Grove Cemetery
920 Adams St., Dorchester, MA
Funeral Mass
10:00a.m. - 10:45a.m.
Gilman Chapel at Cedar Grove Cemetery
920 Adams St., Dorchester, MA
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R.i.p. Arkie. You're one of a kind and will always be remembered. Nobody can give back to society like you did. You brightened many people's days, without even knowing it.
Sean Timmons
September 9, 2021
Chris - I´m sorry for your loss. Sending my prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.
Noreen White
September 3, 2021
Christopher,Susan, and Sutliff family, We are so sorry to hear of you father Arthur s passing! May God and warm memories sustain you though these sad and difficult days. R.I.P!
Tom and Mary Ogle. {neighbors. of Chris and Susan}
September 2, 2021
Paula & Family, Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of Mr. Sutliff. He was a good man and one of Quincy's finest. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. God Bless, Joe Lowry
Joe Lowry
September 2, 2021
My condolences to the entire Sutliff family.
Mike Moran
September 2, 2021
Mr. Sutliff, Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the U.S. Armed Forces-especially during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
Mike Casey
September 2, 2021
We always enjoyed Uncle Arkie's company. A Dapper Dresser & wonderful conversationalist about local figures and history. I last visited with him before Covid in Spring 2019 in a Saturday drop by. No matter he was dressed "to the 9's" and we talked for 2 hrs! All of my memories are fond ones & the World was a better place for his being here. We Love and will miss Uncle Arkie.
Paul & Mary Buchanan & Family
September 1, 2021
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