'Awful Arthur' no more

Thursday, March 28, 2013

'Awful Arthur' no more

The late Arthur DiPietro

Long-time area resident and former Village of Westhampton Beach and Southampton Town attorney Arthur DiPietro, passed away suddenly this week in his adoptive home in Playa Domin­icalito, Costa Rica.

After legal and personal problems necessitated a mid-life career change, Arthur and his second wife Bonnie attempted to develop the Sunset Avenue prop­erty immediately south of the 7-Eleven.

The two story structure was to be a restaurant and store, the latter of which did open and was known colloquially as "Awful Arthur's Bait and Tackle Shop."

When that didn't pan out, Arthur moved full-time to the West Coast of Central America, the better to pursue his lifetime passion of fishing.

Arthur's and my battles at the Westhampton Beach Zoning Board of Appeals, respectively as applicant's attorney and Chairman, were the stuff of local lore.

An obit should appear in next week's Southampton Press.


1. Jackie Bennett said...

Ah, Arthur, you weren't awful, you were wonderful. We were proud to be in Arthur's Army when you ran for Town Supervisor, and even prouder of the humorous way you always referred to that failed effort. So, we didn't win the election but we made a great friendship. I remember walking my dog down Main Street and enjoying our daily encounters with you walking your dog Sophia. Those were the happy days. Rest in peace, dear friend. You are sorely missed.

Ah, Jacqueline, may the warm milk of human kindness flow forever in your breast.

And I do remember when he and Bonnie got Sophia... lovely, but strange, animal.
– Dean

2. 1340 said...

Sorry to hear of this. Knew him for a good deal of time, and we have been chatting on Facebook. He seemed to be living the life down there.

Aye that!

3. EastEnd68 said...

No one deserves that headline.

Only Arthur... and in case it was unclear to you, it was a cognomen of his own choosing.
– Dean

4. EastEnd68 said...

Thanks for the clarification – as I re-read it it was I who misunderstood. Sorry.

Well... okay... this time.smiley

(I rarely feel the need to use emoticons, but I think I might need to with you.)
– Dean

5. Ron Landskroner said...

If anyone has been in touch with Bonnie, please let her know that I have sent many E-mails with no response. Kindly request that she contact me. Thank you.

Try contacting the U.S. consulate in Costa Rica or through her FaceBook page.

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