Summary: retired insurance executive had become something of a hero since his life was chronicled in a Dec. 21 articles in The New York Times focusing on his historic apartment in the 176-year-old Greenwich Village building that was once the home of writer Ruth McKenney and documented in several of her works, who had lived in the apartment for 28 years and who had concluded the interview for the article with the statement "I would die if I had to leave."
Cause of Death: Electrical fire
Born: April 21, 1948
Died: December 25, 2003
Location: Manhattan, New York