Obituary of Cecil North (1931 – 2021) – Marin County, California

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Cecil J. North, Jr. “Mike” Cecil J. North, Jr., “Mike” to family and friends, passed away on October 4, 2021, joining his beloved wife, Marty, who predeceased him . Mike lived on the Belvedere Lagoon with Muffin, his little dog and faithful companion, in the house he and Marty bought together in 2009. He was 90 years old. His wife, Martha Snowdon North, “Marty” to family and friends, died after falling in their home on January 10, 2018. Mike first met Marty in 1955 when she was married to one Mike’s classmates at Harvard Business School and they had known each other on and off over the years. They met again when Mike was visiting his daughter, Amanda, for Christmas in 2004. He instantly knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. They married the following fall when they were both 74 years old. Their years together have been the happiest of Mike’s life. Mike thought he was the luckiest person on the planet. Mike loved his four children, all of whom were an important part of his life: Amanda, who lives in San Francisco, Cecil in Fayetteville, AR, John in Atlanta, GA, and Alex in Eldorado Springs, CO. He also loved his seven grandchildren. and greatly appreciated his friendship with Cecil’s wife, Nancy, and John’s wife, Kerry. Marty, who had six children and ten grandchildren, had a wonderful way of bringing their two families together. Mike especially appreciated the love and support of Hope Garbo who lives in Ross, Tad Kinney in San Francisco, Elisabeth Robinson in New Castle, NH, and Hilary Kinney in San Anselmo. Mike is survived by his sister, Sarah Hillyer of Kennett Square, PA. His other sister, Mary French of Andover, MA, died before him. Cecil J. North, Jr. was born January 19, 1931, the son of Cecil and Adelaide North, who predeceased him. They were wonderful parents and he was fortunate to have grown up in a close and loving family. After growing up at Hewlett, Long Island Mike went to Milton Academy in Milton, MA, and then to Princeton, from where he graduated with honors in 1952. After Princeton, Mike served as a combat lieutenant with the 15th Field Artillery Battalion of the 2nd Division in Korea and received the Bronze Star. He then attended Harvard Business School, from which he graduated in 1956, and where he met his first wife, Helen Tasche, mother of his four children. After their divorce in 1974, Mike married Isabel O’Connell to whom he was married until his death in 2003. After business school, Mike worked for General Motors in labor relations and then for 10 years for McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm, where he was elected director. In 1980, he joined Intext, a publishing conglomerate headquartered in Scranton, PA as executive vice president, and then was named president. He had 3,000 employees reporting to him around the world. In 1981, after acquiring Intext, he started all over again by founding Guide Communications, a small regional publishing house near his home in Bedford, NY. He accidentally sold Guide Communications in May 2007, just before the market collapsed. Mike lived on the east coast for over 40 years before meeting Marty. He loved sports. He was an outstanding tennis player, ranked 6th nationally in junior doubles and a member of the Princeton tennis team. He was the number 1 on the Princeton squash team and an All American, a national platform tennis champion and a low handicap golfer. In his middle years he enjoyed running and finished the New York Marathon in 1978. After moving to California, Mike became a member of the Belvedere Tennis Club and the San Francisco Yacht Club. He attended St. Stephen’s Church in Belvedere and St. John’s Church in Ross. He loved California. There will be a memorial service in St. Stephen’s on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Those planning to attend should be vaccinated and wear masks. Chapel of Monte des Collines San Anselmo, 415-453-8440

Published by Marin Independent Journal on October 16, 2021.


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