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 www.oconnorandson.com
Published by The Patriot Ledger on Sep. 2, 2021.