Memories of a brother, a son, a friend and a fellow Marine filled Cotten Funeral Home Saturday with more love than a room could hold.
About 500 people from all walks of life came to say goodbye to Todd North, a former Marine who was shot to death April 14 at Flyers Bar in Havelock.
During his eulogy, the chaplain said there is no greater love than giving one’s life for another.
North, who was head of security at the bar, was shot was while trying to protect his friends and patrons.
Cpl. Sidney Jones of Cherry Point stood with the help of crutches waiting to enter the room where North’s memorial service was taking place. He was one of the people shot that night.
Jones said he didn’t personally know North, 39, but he knew of him.
“From everybody I’ve talked to, he was a very friendly guy,” Jones said. “He never caused any trouble and he was not judgmental. Everybody loved him.”
Brian Whalen, coach of Cherry Point rugby, said North was an integral part of the community.
“He was a super nice guy,” Whalen said. “It’s a shame.”
Alex Liverano, who is considered North’s brother, said the showing of love from the community was special to him, but not a surprise.
“He brought something very special to us,” Liverano said.
North was the type of person who would give you the shirt of his back, he said.
“He could break your arm, too,” Liverano said, causing audience members to laugh through their emotions. “…I know he loved every one of us. That’s how he was.”
After speaking about his love for his son, North’s father, Randy, paused and saluted his memory. Brothers Eric and Russell also shared memories of North, from fighting each other as youths and bonding to listening to his Marine stories and supporting each other.
North’s mother Judy Payne talked about her son going to school and wrestling and growing into a strong man who became a Marine.
“He was a blessing to me — all our family,” she said. “His spirit touched us all and comforted me.”
Marines in dress blues gave North a 21-gun salute in front of the funeral home, and about 200 bikers from several clubs wore their colors in respect.
Liverano said the diversity of people at the memorial service showed the type of person North was.
“He loved everyone,” Liverano said.
North served 12 years in the Marine Corps. When he retired from Cherry Point, he stayed in the area.
North, who was known to work out constantly, was a hulking figure and found work after the Marine Corps as security at numerous local nightclubs and bars.
He was so popular that some even referred to him as “The Mayor of Havelock.” Others just called him “North.”
He leaves behind a wife and four children and a broad extended family.
A memorial fund has been set up for his youngest son, Asa, age 2. Donations can be made to the Asa North Fund, c/o 1908 D South Glenburnie Road, New Bern, NC 28562.
A separate Todd Asa North Scholarship Fund has been arranged to benefit wrestlers of California’s Del Oro High School who “exhibit the honor and character of Todd.” Memorial donations can be made c/o Del Oro High School, Attn: Terry Barker, 3301 Taylor Road, Loomis, CA 95650.