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Louis Maroun, 77

Dan McClelland

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Louis A. Maroun, age 77, passed away on February 27, 2019 at the Adirondack Medical Center soon after family had the opportunity to visit with him. He had been a resident at the Mercy Living Center for several months before entering the hospital for a surgical procedure. He was recovering when his death occurred.

Born in Tupper Lake, New York on June 28, 1941, Louis was the son of the late Amer Yousef and Lena (Salameh) Maroun. He grew up in the Lebanese culture. Both his parents had immigrated from Bqaatouta, Lebanon in the early 1900s and spoke to him in Arabic. He enjoyed fine Lebanese meals up to his death.

When Louis was only eight years old, his older brother, John Maroun, married and moved out of their home. A few months later, his father died leaving him as the man of the house.

Louie's mother died in 1968 and his sister, Bertha, died in 1995.

Louie continued the operation of his father's business, the Amer Maroun Store in the "Junction" of Tupper Lake, which was started in 1906. It was the oldest sole proprietorship in Tupper Lake.

He had a steadfast loyalty to his customers. Many local people would stop to visit Louie and, if short of cash, would be extended credit that he often never collected. His summer customers would be welcomed back each year with humorous stories and discussions of the harsh cold winters that they missed.

He was a faithful Yankees fan and conversed with anyone that loved the game. He was a great listener as customers labored over life's tribulations. Louie always looked for the good in people, seldom having a negative comment about them.

His father, mother, sister, and brother John and sister-in-law Beatrice predeceased Louis. His nephew, Jack Maroun of Utica, New York, survives him along with nieces Elaine Hurley of Summerfield, FL and Dover, NH, Barbara Hollenbeck of Tupper Lake, and Jane Wilson of Tupper Lake.

Funeral services were held at St. Alphonsus Church on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 11 a.m. with internment at the St. Alphonsus Cemetery in the Spring. Calling hours, at the Stuart-Fortune-Keogh Funeral Home, 24 Cliff Ave., Tupper Lake, were Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.