Arthur Austin Boccaccio

Died: Wed., Jan. 28, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Thu., Feb. 05, 2015
Location: St. Joseph the Worker Church

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Arthur Austin Boccaccio of Liverpool, NY passed away at his home on January 28, 2015 at the age of 59.  He graduated cum laude with a B. A. in English from SUNY, Cortland College and received his law degree from Syracuse University.  He was employed by Virtucon Group as a copyrighter.  Prior to that, he taught English in China for two years.  
He was active in his church, St. Joseph the Worker in Liverpool for more than 20 years, serving as a communicant, catechist, lector, and Eucharistic minister.  He was an avid writer with a large following from around the world who enjoyed his Elf Academy Series.  He also volunteered as a brailler of textbooks for visually impaired individuals. 
Arthur is survived by his brother, Robert (Sally) from Inverness, IL, Anthony and Mark from Spokane, Washington and Matthew from Brooklyn, NY, an uncle, Donald Barton (Marilyn) from Deerfield Beach, FL and cousin, Diane Hernandez, from Brewster, NY.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday February 5, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Church, Tulip St., Liverpool, NY.

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bob fiumano
   Posted Sun February 01, 2015
mark,matt,and the boccaccio family;
i'm very sorry to hear that your brother art passed deepest condolences to all.

Fred Flouton
   Posted Sun February 01, 2015
To the Boccaccio Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. I met Arthur through our SCA group. Always so friendly, his skills with embroidery were second to none!!! He will be greatly missed.
With Great Affection,
"Fred Flouton

Sandra Graves
   Posted Mon February 02, 2015
Although I never met Arthur face-to-face, we communicated for several years over his writing and extensive stories written within the Tolkien world view. He was a supurb scholar, an imaginative and exacting author, and had a wonderful sense of humor. We emailed back and forth fairly often for many years and the thought that I can no longer do that brings tears to my eyes. I have lost someone I considered a dear friend.

Gry Heidi Nordhagen
   Posted Mon February 02, 2015
It was with shock and deep sadness I received the news that Arthur had passed away. I regarded him as a dear friend, even though we had never met face to face.
Fiondil, as I usually thought of him from his pen-name in the Tolkien fanfiction community, was a gifted and productive writer whose stories brought joy to many persons besides me. I always eagerly anticipated the regular updates to his stories, and I appreciated even more his kind answers to my comments.
Moreover, his lovely writings sparked inspiration in others as well, which is surely the greatest compliment any artist can get. I myself have little talent for writing, though I can certainly appreciate a well written story, but certain images in his writing inspired at least one piece of my own textile art.
Fiondil’s passing is a great loss to the Tolkien fan community, but his legacy still remains among us in the form of his stories.
My deepest condolences go to Arthur’s family and all his other friends. He will be missed.

   Posted Mon February 02, 2015
I only met your son through his writings as Fiondil, but I certainly count him a friend. His stories were wonderful. His replies to my reviews were always gracious. I will miss him so much. My prayers go to our your family, but I am utterly certain that he "claimed the promise of the resurrection" and now lives eternally.

   Posted Mon February 02, 2015
Please accept my condolences on the death of Arthur. I only knew him through his fiction, but all of his stories resonated with Hope and the eternal love of God.

He will be missed.

Elizabeth Nield
   Posted Mon February 02, 2015

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Elizabeth Nield (Kaylee Arafinwiel).

With love to my father of the heart, Arthur, known to me and our many friends as Fiondil. You were always my light in the darkness, and I thank you for your loving care and guidance. You will always be in my heart. May you find rest in God's presence, and I pray your family will know peace.

   Posted Mon February 02, 2015
Arthur, or Fiondil as I knew him, brought enjoyent to many people through his writing. I will miss the unique personalities he brought to his characters, and also the wicked sense of humor he had.

I wish all his family peace, and healing.

Kevana McConnaughey
   Posted Mon February 02, 2015
My deepest sympathies and all my love to your family. I am keeping you in my prayers. Though I only knew him through the Tolkien community and for far too brief a time, Arthur's kindness and keen insight have been a blessing to me. I will always be grateful to him. May God grant you peace at this difficult time.

   Posted Mon February 02, 2015
Like others who've expressed themselves here, I've know Arthur as Fiondill, one of the most apt writers in the Lord of the Rings fanfiction community. Two times a week, Arthur surprised, enjoyed and delighted us with his stories and always, he would respond to the messages we send him about his stories. His sudden dead came as a great shock to me and many others of this community.

Arthur managed to touch all our hearts with his gift for story-telling (which in its own way, was as good, or possible even better than the works of many authors writing for a living that are out there) as well as with his subtle humor and most of all the deep message of Divine love that never failed to play an important part in his stories. I want to express my hopes now that he has found himself in the embrace of that Divine love.

Having experienced the sudden loss of a dear one myself, I can only image the impact his sudden dead must have had on you. I wish you strength and God's blessings for the upcoming days, weeks, months and even years.

Last of all, thank you for giving us this way to express our thoughts to you. Arthur 'Fiondil's work went beyond borders. For many of us, this is a way available to do so.

The Netherlands

   Posted Tue February 03, 2015
I was deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Fiondil, as I knew him in the SoA website. I never met him, but I truly enjoyed reading and re-reading his stories, and his gracious replies to my occasional comments always thrilled me no end. My heartfelt condolences to the family.

Anne Selby
   Posted Tue February 03, 2015
I have known Arthur for almost ten years and I got to know him through the fanfiction writing world. He was a kind man; a gentleman and I shall miss the conversations we used to have, he also supported me via email through my treatment for leukaemia for which I was very grateful.

There are no real words to express what a hole he will leave in my life and the lives of many others, yet he never ever once thought that he had made an impact on anyone. He did; he made a huge impact amd the only words I can say are those from an old Irish blessing:

“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields, and until we meet again, may the One hold you in the hollow of his hand.”

Requiescat in Pace my friend

Terry Pease
   Posted Tue February 03, 2015
To the Boccaccio family,
I am a friend from St. Joseph the Worker. Arthur was in our book club and I must say that I enjoyed very much reading the books that were his suggestions. They weren't always what I would have picked up on my own, but was always glad that I had read them. We will miss him. I was very shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. I would be there at the funeral but spend the winters in Florida. My deepest sympathy, Terry Pease

bonnie traylor
   Posted Tue February 03, 2015
I didn't personally know Art but I knew of him through our church St. Joseph the Worker. I know that he was very active in the church for which he was greatly appreciated. So sorry for your loss. I'm sure he'll be helping God in Heaven. God bless you all!

Friar Chuck
   Posted Tue February 03, 2015
Alas... poor Dietrich. I knew him well. He was a fellow of infinite jest! T'was but a song ago, we doth lift a flagon of mead and toast the Barron and Baroness. Hail and well met I say! Enraptured in the warmth of friendship, kinship and common bonds. What hath time wrot? You a founding father of Delftwood; Mastre of Arts, Teacher of youth. Scribe and Keeper of our past be we sinner or saint. Now be gone, sleep..... per chance to dream. In service to the dream! Good Sir. my blessing be upon you. Until we meet again...............

Elberta (Polmateer) Bradshaw
   Posted Tue February 03, 2015
I worked with Arthur at Camp Goodwill. It was so much fun working with him and I will always remember his sense of humor.

   Posted Tue February 03, 2015
I am so very sorry for your great loss. I did not know Arthur personally, but we communicated about his wonderful stories set in Tolkien's world. As Fiondil, he was a very great storyteller, an author I will miss greatly. The personality that shone through his stories was of a kind and generous person, and I will always be grateful that he shared his stories with the world. I offer my profound condolences and deepest sympathy in your time of grief.
I will miss him.

Robin Wallace
   Posted Wed February 04, 2015
I was saddened by Art' s passing. Even though events in the last few years had kept us apart physically, he was always close to my heart. We met in the SCA, but became more than friends. I will always remember the time we traveled together through England, France and Scotland. I remember when he asked me to teach him how to do cross stitch. Look at what he went on to do with it! He certainly surpassed the teacher, and I couldn't be more proud of all he accomplished with his needlework skills.

Art said,"Tá mé tuirseach." And the Lord answered, "Do bheatha abhaile, mac dílis."

katherine Lorber
   Posted Wed February 04, 2015
To the family of Arthur,
I met Art at SCA meeting he was friendly,warm person who was an expert in embroidery. He had a love for embroidery and was willing to share his knowledge with other people that wanted to learn the craft. I am saddened to hear of his passing.He will be missed his warm smile and his friendliness.

   Posted Wed February 04, 2015
My sincerest condolences! I only knew Arthur through the fanfiction community and the occasional private e-mail, but have come to value his friendly art and helpfulness very much. He will be greatly missed.

Bonnie L. Sherrell
   Posted Wed February 04, 2015
I have been corresponding with Arthur now for several years, ever since he began posting his Tolkien fanfiction on the Stories of Arda archive. I have admired his humor, wit, and talent, not to mention his great humanity. He has cooperated with me by going over certain stories and helping me with Tolkien's Elven languages at need. We found we had a good deal in common, and I was surprised to learn that he, too, was a braillist. I've been involved with education of those with visual disabilities since the early seventies, and have been a member of the American Council of the Blind for many years, and it is wonderful to realize we shared that type of commitment.

We will miss him greatly, and I will continue to pray for his joy and the comfort of those who love him. May God hold all of you in the palm of His hand.

Le hannon, Fiondil. Go in peace and joy.

Roz Halliwell
   Posted Wed February 04, 2015
Like many I only knew Arthur through his wonderful fanfiction. I read and re-read it and always looked forward to his regular posting of new chapters. It was the highlight of my lunch-time (in England here) and gave me joy so many times. His love of God shone through and helped me deal with some hard times. He will be sadly missed and I can only imagine the grief you as his family are going through. My deepest sympathy to all.

Margaret Maxwell
   Posted Thu February 05, 2015
To the Boccaccio Family
I would like to express my deepest condolences for your loss. I did not know Arthur personally, but I feel I have come to know him through his fan-fiction and his author reviews. I found him to be very intelligent, kind, compassionate, upbeat and quite funny. I could tell he was very devout and his love of God was expressed beautifully throughout his stories. They always reflected hope in God's love for us and it was a great source of comfort to me when my sister passed. He was truly a remarkable person. I will miss his wit and his wisdom and his Monday-Wednesday updates. May his memory be eternal and may he find peace and joy in God's heavenly kingdom.

Kirsten Schwarz
   Posted Thu February 05, 2015
Eight years ago I discovered Arthurs (or Fiondil's) wonderful Tolkien fanfiction and have been following them ever since. While we never met in real life, I got to know him a bit by way of hundreds of reviews and his kind replies, and by a good number of private emails over the years. I always admired not only his ability to write, but his intelligence, humour and wit, as well as his vast knowledge of Tolkien's world and the Elven languages. He was a good friend, always kind, understanding and compassionate, and I enjoyed our contact very much.

His passing has saddened me immensely; he was such a wonderful person. I'll miss him very much, but he'll live forth in my heart and in his fanfiction work, which will keep his legacy alive.

My deepest condolences to his family and close friends; seeing how much I miss him already, I can't begin to imagine how hard it has to be for you. And thank you for giving us this chance to tell you how much Fiondil meant to us all, as so many of us live too far away and can't be there in person.

Deborah Pigman
   Posted Thu February 05, 2015
I only knew Arthur as “Fiondil” the talented writer of Tolkien Fanfiction. Arthur’s dedication, knowledge of Tolkien and Elvish language is evident in each of his stories. He will be missed.
My heartfelt condolences to Arthur’s family and friends. I’m praying for you all, that you will feel God’s peace and comfort through these difficult days. He will live forever in your hearts.

Christine Krebs
   Posted Thu February 05, 2015
I was privileged to have gotten to know Arthur through an online writer's workshop and many, many Skype chats and conference calls when he was working China. When he returned Stateside we continued our conversations on writing, theology, calligraphy, needlework, languages and travel. I met him in person when he came to Ohio for a Lord of the Rings concert in Cleveland. The day after the concert he and his host met me and a small group of other Tolkien fans and writers at the Columbus Zoo. It was wonderful to spend time together with him and I have many fond memories of that day. He was a very talented man who was always willing to teach others; praising their work while remaining humble about his own work. He was incredibly ethical, non-apologetic about his beliefs without denigrating others and in my experience, incredibly patient and kind. I feel blessed to have known him and to call him my friend.

Please accept my condolences and sympathy, and take comfort in the knowledge that Arthur is safe in the embrace of Love Imperishable.

Margaret Grenawalt
   Posted Fri February 06, 2015
I knew Arthur through his writing (under the pen name Fiondil) and through personal correspondence as we both served on an online forum that awarded fiction writers for their works. I appreciated his willingness to aid others in their writing, and for his thoughtful comments on several of my own works. I also appreciated and valued Arthur's insight and humor, and the way his faith shone through in his writing. Several of his stories touched me deeply and I treasure them, even more so now that he is gone from us. I will miss him, but I am thankful that I can still meet him in his writing.

Iris Schmidt
   Posted Fri February 06, 2015
I was shocked to learn about the passing of Fiondil, as I knew him in the SoA website. I never met him in person, but I truly enjoyed reading stories, and he ever reviewed my humble writings kindly. I will greatly miss him. My heartfelt condolences to the family. Lai

   Posted Fri February 06, 2015
Please accept my deepest condolences. I met Arthur via the Tolkien community online and counted him as a friend, even though we never met face to face. His writings always touched me with their deep spiritual themes and joyful moments even in the midst of tragedy... for their reflection of life itself. His generosity and kindness will be sorely missed.

Heike Follmann
   Posted Fri February 06, 2015
Like many others here, I mainly knew Arthur as "Fiondil". I knew him as a kind, witty and generous man. His stories were deeply influenced by his belief, and although I consider myself an agnostic or atheist which often influenced my point of view on his characters' attitudes and choices, he always answered my comments struggling to understand or accept them with patience, insight and humour. It was this genuine spirituality, sincerity and generosity of spirit, both in his writing itself and in his communication with me (and others), that had my deep admiration, and which I will very much going forward.

I want to thank his family for giving us the opportunity to share our stories and memories of Arthur here in this place. Please accept my condolences and know that those memories will live on in the many hearts he touched around the world.

dorothea o.
   Posted Fri February 06, 2015
I certainly was shocked and saddened to hear of Fiondil´s passing.
For a long time I enjoyd his stories, admiring the sheer amount of creativity, the knowledge of all things Elvish, the humor and the interesting characterisation of people,who before were just names in the history of arda. His story updates were highlights of my week. He will be missed!

Joanne Moore
   Posted Fri February 06, 2015
I just want to express my most heartfelt sympathy to you, and to let you know how much I appreciate not just Arthur's writing, but the diligence and dedication with which he approached it. He never let his readers down. His writing often made me laugh, and many times, too, it brought me to tears. I started reading his stories somewhere in the middle of Elf Interrupted, and have been reading ever since. He was always gracious when responding to my reviews. I will miss him, and only wish that I had been able to know him personally.

   Posted Sat February 07, 2015
To the Family of Arthur Boccaccio,

Ever hopeful, full of humor, and wonderfully creative was Fiondil as I knew him. Each story he wrote for Stories of Arda was loved and learned from with joy. Fiondil filled in the cracks that Tolkien left for others to "sub-create", and create he did. I will miss him very much. You have my heart-felt condolences.

   Posted Sat February 07, 2015
I only recently heard that Arthur had passed away and I just wanted to extend my sincere condolences to you, his family. I, like many others, never had the opportunity to meet him face to face, nor did I enjoy any long correspondence with him. I simply knew him as Fiondil and had the pleasure of reading the stories he wrote about Tolkien's world.

The stories were superb. He was capable of seemingly effortlessly blending his knowledge on the world, his portrayals of the characters and creating wonderful plots and dialogue. The stories were truly a joy to read and I often felt that he had truly understood and captured the religious elements which are present in the books. Divine love was shown in many of his works, in a way that was delightful to read.

I knew him merely as a gifted author whose works showed joy, beauty, hope and love. He seemed intelligent, kind, funny, compassionate and understanding. I am glad that we are able to keep the legacy of his works and my prayers go to you in your time of mourning. May he find rest in God's embrace, and may you be granted strength, peace and healing in this difficult time. He will be remembered.

   Posted Sat February 07, 2015
I was very sorry to read of Mr. Boccaccio's passing, and wish to express my sincere sympathy to his family and loved ones.

I only knew Mr. Boccaccio as "Fiondil", and followed his stories as an anonymous reader on the "Stories of Arda" Tolkien fan fiction website. His stories were interesting (and the concepts behind them intriguing) and I eagerly looked forward to the next chapter every Friday and Monday morning.

Even in cyber-space, he will be missed.

Hannah Gelman
   Posted Sat February 07, 2015
Please allow me to express my deepest condolences on the death of your brother, Arthur. He was a gifted writer, and a kind and generous person. His writing was filled with strength and hope, and anyone who interacted with him knew it came from the deepest parts of his own personality. We who knew him through his writing share in your loss and hope you find comfort knowing he was well beloved. May he rest in peace.

T Grometer
   Posted Sun February 08, 2015
Please accept my condolences at the loss of of Arthur. I did not know him personally, but enjoyed his writings and looked forward to each posted chapter. He was a bright light in this world.

Amie Spengler
   Posted Sun February 08, 2015
It may seem odd to some to morn the passing of one you never met face-to-face, but that's the nature of the small world we've come to live in today. Arthur was a celebrity to many of us, and we miss hearing his voice in his answers to our Chapter reviews. He always thanked us for reviewing, and said he appreciated us. I hope his family feels our appreciation for him. He bade us think, to be curious, reminded of wonder, and made us feel.

Gone from our lands but not from our hearts.

Maria Thor
   Posted Sun February 08, 2015
My sincerest condoleances to your loss from a reader of Arthurs stories of Stories of Arda, then he is known as Fiondil to me.
Maria " Marianel" Thor/ Sweden

Barbara Rich
   Posted Sun February 08, 2015
While I only knew Arthur as "Fiondil" online, I truly appreciated his warmth, civility, intelligence, wit and kindness.

His stories were always a delight to read, and he was unfailingly kind in his reviews of others, and in sharing his knowledge of linguistics.

He will be sorely missed, and I know will be missed even more by his family and friends. Please accept my condolences for your losses.

Catherine Carter
   Posted Sun February 15, 2015
I only ever knew him as Fiondil, but to me, through his work, he was amazing. He will be forever remembered.

   Posted Mon March 23, 2015
I would first like to offer my deepest sympathies to Mr. Boccaccio's family and friends.

Reading Fiondil's writings were a joy and a pleasure. The world has lost a beautiful soul and he will be missed..

Denise Campbell
   Posted Sat April 25, 2015
To Arthur's Family,

First, allow me to extend my deepest condolences on your Brother's passing. I am also very sorry for the lateness of this message, but due to Life happening, it has only been now that I felt I could handle adding my own message of Condolence to you all.

I, like many others, knew Arthut as Fiondil in the Tolkien Fan Fiction Community and adored his stories. I also considered him a friend, although we never met face to face, and would often marvel at just how giving he was if you asked him for or about anything regarding his writing and his views on Prof. Tolkien's Universe. Especially about how he viewed certain aspects and characters of , as someone once put it, "This wonderful Playground of Middle-Earth and Aman we get to share and play with."

His deep Faith and belief that, in the end, everything that happens is for a reason and will make sense one day, helped me find that for myself on more than one occasion over the years. That shone out so brilliantly in his writing and was part of what drew me to his writing.

Well that and the true gift for descrbing the outfits the Characters in his Stories wore.. No one, and I do mean *no one*, could describe what was the Third Best Court Robes of an Elven King were so precisely that you could literally feel the weave of the fine linen and velvet. It truly was a gift. One made mote understandable when I learned he was also a talented needle artist. I remember asking him whether "Elf Knots" were French Knots in one tale of his and then sharing just much I hate stitching those things. First he said that was exactly what Elf Knots were and they weren't exactly his favourite things to stitch either.

I knew he'd made some pretty amazing Pieces, especially the Map of Middle-Earth he told us about once, and not getting to see any of them is my only other regret of having had the privledge of knowing him. Not being to meet on this side of that curtain of Silver Glass Gandalf tells Pippin about in the Movie version of The Return of the King is the other.

I so miss Fiondil's presence in my life. He truly was a very special person and I am honoured to have been a "Mellon nin" - my Friend of his. He is missed, but will never be forgotten.

Once again, my Deepest Condolences,


   Posted Fri May 29, 2015
I'm sorry to hear Arthur/Fiondil died. He was an awesome author. I hope you all find comfort for your loss. He is pass the Circles of the World now and is in God's Loving Arms. May he Rest in Peace.

Sian Pehrsson
   Posted Sat January 30, 2016
To Arthur/Fiondil's family...I have loved Fiondil's writing so much and while I only had a glimpse of him through his work it was palpable that he was a wonderful man. Thinking of him this weekend and sending thoughts and prayers to you all.

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