Clyde C. North, Jr.

April 18, 1927July 29, 2013

Clyde C. North, Jr., passed away peacefully at his home in Westwood, KS July 29, 2013. Clyde was born April 18, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri to Clyde and Hazel North. He is survived by his loving wife Rita Jane (Walsh) of 64 years; Sons: Patrick North, Scottsdale, AZ, and Lawrence and Jan North, Springhill, KS; Grandson, Ryan and Andrea North, O.P., KS; and great grandkids: Jack, Ella and JJ North. He is also survived by his brother Joe (Bud) North, O.P., KS and sister Katherine Burton, Denver, CO. He is preceded in death by his loving daughter Carol. Clyde graduated from Glennon High School and Rockhurst College. He proudly served in the Navy (1945-47), was the CEO and owner of the North Real Estate and Investment Company and was involved and supported several local organizations and charities. He was a standout athlete loving all sports and excelled in baseball playing in the Local Ban Johnson and American Legion Leagues and in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. After his baseball career he excelled in handball. As a founding member of the Kansas City Athletic Club, he won many local and regional tournaments and State Titles in both Kansas and Missouri. During his handball career he was a committed public relations ambassador for the sport he loved securing endless television, radio and newspaper press for all who played the sport. He was a master of the ceiling shot, which drove his opponents crazy and kept them on the court for long periods of time. Although Clyde accomplished so much during his time with us, he would say that his greatest achievement is his family and friends, he always put their needs before his own. He was one of the organizers of the "Famous Friday Breakfast Club" which began at Nichols Lunch, then Bob Evans and now resides at the Village Inn in Mission, KS. Several celebrities have attended the Club, including George Brett. He took great pride in all his friendships and enjoyed endless conversations about sports and politics. He was always positive, upbeat and concerned about how you were doing. Over the past several years you could always find Clyde at his favorite restaurant, Sutera's on Rainbow Blvd., chatting it up with friends. He was blessed with great friends and will be missed by all. A Rosary will be prayed at 9:00am, followed by a visitation from 9:30am to 11:00am, and Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am, on Thursday, August 1st, 2013, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 5250 Mission Rd., Roeland Park, KS 66205. Burial will be at 3:30pm in Queen of the Holy Rosary Wea Cemetery in Bucyrus, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the KCAC Foundation, 845 Armstrong, KC, KS 66106 or to the Special Olympics Kansas, 5280 Foxridge Drive, Mission, KS 66202.

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  • Rosary Service Thursday, August 1, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, August 1, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, August 1, 2013

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August 16, 2013

Rita and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Clyde's passing. I was an employee at Mark's Pharmacy and I always enjoyed when he would come in and tell us stories about his family and sports. the one thing that I will remember the most is when I would answer the phone and He would say, "Hey ya Stephanie Baby!" I just loved that. He was a great person and I feel lucky to have known him and call him a friend. I hope that the memories he let behind will bring you comfort today and always. Stephanie Salzer

John Edelman

August 9, 2013

Many fond and enjoyable times with Clyde, that wall crawling serve down the left side in handball, his cutting wit, the camaraderie was always high when Clyde was present or playing. His memory is cherished, he is missed.

August 1, 2013

Always a good neighbor. He will be missed.

Westwood Internal Medicine

August 1, 2013

Please accept our deepest sympathies.

Linda Putney

July 31, 2013

My family and I feel lucky to have spent many happy times with Clyde and treasure our fond memories of him. Our warm thoughts and heart-felt prayers are with his family during these difficult times.

July 31, 2013

They say there isn't a perfect Landlord out there, but Clyde North was. Kind, considerate, fair and funny. I was honored to have known him and proud to be his friend and tenant on Main Street. Sorry for your loss. He will be missed my many.
Nancy & Whitten Pell


July 31, 2013

I am grateful for the life of Mr. North. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Bob Sweeny

July 31, 2013

Will always have a fond memories of Clyde, especially those with my father(Tom Sweeny) playing handball and "jawing" at each other on the court. A good a man with the great gifts of charm and humor. My deepest condelences to you and yours.

Michelle Goodwin

July 31, 2013

I only got to spend a few months with Clyde, but the time we shared together I will never forget. He loved life and always knew how to make me (and everyone else) laugh. He taught me so much about the importance of friends, family, and of course, baseball. He was a wonderful friend to me and he will be truly missed, but he will always have a place in my heart.

July 31, 2013

Sending prayers and condolences to the family of Clyde. He is greatly missed.

John A Barrera and daughters
JoAnna,Patsy,Diana and Maria