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Maurice Naughton [moved from the France board]

I am sure many old time chowhounds will remember Maurice and his wonderful Notes of a Parisite. I am sorry to say that he died in Paris a couple of days ago. New chouhounds should look for his beautifully written posts. Bon Voyage, Mon Ami.

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  1. I'm so sorry to learn of Maurice's passing, The man knew how to live, though.

    I've always looked forward to reading his entries here - so thoughtful and helpful.

    I know Maurice will be missed by many.

    1. Thank you for letting us know, Faijay. He was truly one of a kind. I loved his writing and the pictures he painted of Paris in his posts. He had such a love affair with that city and was always generous in sharing it with us.

      1. The death of Maurice was a very sad day for all of us who loves Paris. He passed away in a city that has became his home.

        1. Thank you for posting this news. Not sad, because one knew how well Maurice lived. And that's what is important. One knew through his posts. I thank him for his time and his spirit.

          Allen Bank

          1. Maurice was a true original. He once told me that he began to travel to Paris twice a year (spring and fall) in the year 2000 to combat depression, after not having been to Europe since the '60's. You could tell from his always entertaining and informative posts that there was something about the City of Light that stirred something in his soul. I can't help but think that, if he had to pick a city in which to breathe his last, Maurice would have chosen Paris.
            I know that I will miss his humor, his charm and his grace. The world has lost a very special man.
            Au revoir, mon ami, et á bientôt.

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            1. re: Obel Ointment Fungentula

              Maurice had a special affinity with the city.
              Although I am in Paris twice a year, I tended to stay in my "comfort zones".
              He expanded my view of dining in Paris, and I so much enjoyed his posts.
              I somehow feel badly that I never met him, but I am sure that he was as warm and friendly as his posts.
              Thank you for letting us know.

              1. re: erly

                How terribly sad. He and his posts were wonderful. Did he die suddenly?

            2. To my of thinking he was the ultimate Chowhound - keen on all types of food, open to new experiences and always keen to share his vast knowledge, particularly of Parisian restaurants. Since seeing this sad news I went back and re-read all of his 200 odd posts. There are some real gems here.
              Has anyone written an obituary as I would like to know more of the man's life?

              1. thanks for posting this sad news. His posts and the warm personality he share were a joy - so sorry that we will see them no more.

                1. I just spotted this announcement (having just embarked on a month-long multi-city trip myself when it was posted) and must add my condolences and my somber delight that at least he was "fortunate" to die in his favorite city, which I imagine was his wish (as it is mine).

                  As a Senior Citizen myself, I can't deny that Maurice's evocative posts on CH and other boards are a living inspiration to me to not let timidity get in the way of adventure, and probably should be required reading by all Seniors who like to travel, as well as their overly-solicitous off-spring and other minders.