Arthur W. Tibbits

EDWARDS – Arthur "Art" W. Tibbits, age 82, passed away on December 24, 2018 at his home.

Calling hours will be held at French Funeral Home, Edwards on Monday, December 31, 2018 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. immediately followed by some words of remembrance. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Edwards.

Art was born in Gouverneur on February 13, 1936 to the late Clifford Tibbits, Sr. and Adah Mae (Young) Tibbits. He attended schools in Hailesboro and Richville before graduating from Gouverneur High School in 1954.

Art loved his sports. He played baseball, basketball, and football in high school and softball with the Gouverneur Chiefs until his 40's. Art was also inducted into the Gouverneur High School Hall of Fame. In his free time, Art enjoyed fishing, boating, hunting, and playing golf.

He worked as a mason for nearly 50 years. He retired from Barry, Bette, and LaDuke in Watertown in 2000.

In June of 1956 he married Beverly Brown. The marriage ended in 1983.

Art is survived by his children; Tamara Kukula and her husband William Kukula of Brewerton NY, Teryl Norris and her husband David Norris of Eidson, TN, Toran Tibbits and his companion Tonya Patton, 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Art is also survived by a sister, Julie Lancto and a brother-in-law, Eldon Conklin both of Gouverneur.

He is predeceased by his parents, his companion of 30 years, Martha Allen, a brother, Clifford Tibbits, Jr., and 2 sisters, Elinor Hughes and Eloise Conklin.

Donations in memory of Art may be made to the Edwards Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 29, Edwards NY 13635. Condolences may be shared online at