Born in 1954 and raised in New York City, Arthur Flick was a former Merchant Marine and recognized community organizer in his Bronx neighborhood. Arthur first came into Liz’s life as a dear friend to her parents, and as her family’s upstairs neighbor throughout Liz’s childhood. Unable to work due to a disability, Arthur was known in his community as someone who spent the majority of his time helping others. He was fond of saying he had simply grown up during a “different time,” when neighbors readily helped one another, no question.
When Arthur wasn’t outside working on his 1969 Triumph motorcycle, he could often be found bringing groceries to elderly neighbors, rounding up friends to help clean the local playground, and organizing group activities for the neighborhood children.
Liz recalls Arthur taking a special interest in helping her family, often bringing pots of food to their doorstep and tutoring Liz in their building hallway many evenings—while she ate dinner and her parents, unable to help, were steeped in their addiction. These tutoring sessions quickly grew into larger supports, as Arthur began driving Liz to school and even showing up in place of her parents at parent teacher conferences. Over time, Liz grew to know him simply as “Uncle Arthur”.