Erwin W. Michaels

Erwin W. Michaels

 

Erwin W. Michaels was born on March 29, 1944 in Chicago, IL and died on September 2, 1990 in Madison, WI.

If anyone has an obituary or additional information about Erwin, please submit it.  If you knew Erwin, please share a memory about him in the comments area below.

(Submitted by Ari-Asha Castalia)

John Darcy Smith

“Up to only you to choose your own life. Enjoy you destiny with respect, responsibility, and love.”

John was born to a Deaf family on August 10, 1948 in East Los Angeles. John was named in honor of his grandfather. His mother found the name Darcy in a book of names. John went to the Mary Bennett oral school in Los Angeles. When he was nine years old, he transferred to the Riverside School for the Deaf. He graduated from there in 1967.

John went to Gallaudet University for two years and then transferred to California State University at Northridge, where he received a BA degree in 1975. He then moved to San Francisco and attended San Francisco State University. In order to fulfill the university’s foreign language requirement John traveled to Taiwan to study Chinese. In 1979 John received a master’s degree in fine arts from San Francisco State and accepted a position as an American Sign Language instructor there.
John was an independent and extremely creative man. He truly was an artist. He explored many different philosophies in his life. He lived his life in the manner that he wanted to and didn’t worry about what other people thought of him. John was very involved in the Deaf community and a strong supporter of ASL. He believed ASL should be left alone to its own development and not controlled by English.

In April of 1989, John was diagnosed as having progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). True to his nature, John chose the way in which he would live the little time he had and remained strong spirited as the illness rapidly progressed. John left his body on May 19, 1989 at 3:05 AM. He was in his home, as he had wanted to be. His friends were close by. John had a great and rich life. Our lives will be fuller and brighter for having known him. John will continue to live on in our hearts.

Oh Saturday, August 12 at 12:00 John’s friends will gather to sew a Names quilt in his honor. Please join us at 2362 Market St. (across from Castro). You may bring materials for the quilt or share what we collectively have. We are planning to go out to a local restaurant after we finish. We hope to see you there. If you cannot make it, please join us with your spirit.
Contributions may be made in John’s name to the Rainbow Deaf Society. Please detach the bottom part of this form and use the enclosed envelope. Please make checks payable to Rainbow Deaf Society for CAP, and note that the contribution is made in John’s honor.

(Submitted by Frank Lester)

Buzzy Contrerio

Buzzy Contrerio

Buzzy Contrerio was one of first Deaf people in the Washington, D.C., area to pass away to AIDS. This was around 1988.  Buzzy’s real first name was Leo.  He was my neighbor and he loved to walk his tiny dog everyday.  He graduated from Michigan School for the Deaf around 1968.

(Submitted by Bob Rourke)

Mike White

Mike White

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(Photo submitted by Bob Rourke)

Jerry Little

Jerry Little

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(Photo submitted by Bob Rourke)

Earl Wade

Earl WadeEarl Wade at CMRA’s 15th Anniversary Cruise. If anyone has an obituary or additional information about Earl, please submit it.  If you knew Earl, please share a memory about him in the comments area below.

(Photo submitted by Bob Rourke)

Richard Davidson

Richard Davidson[Photo: Richard Davidson (left) and Hugh McKenzie (right) marching with Housing Works in the New York City LGBT Pride march circa 1999 or 2000.]

Richard grew up in New York City and attended JHS 47 for the Deaf. He received case management services and attended Deaf Peer Education classes at Housing Works.

Both Richard, and his friend Hugh, passed away about a week or so apart in April 2012.

(Submitted by Larry Wasserman)

Hugh Mckenzie

Hugh McKenzie with Tony Saccente[Photo: Hugh McKenize (left) with Tony Saccente .]

Another photo of Huge (with Richard Davidson)

Hugh grew up in New York City and attended JHS 47 for the Deaf. He received case management services and attended Deaf Peer Education classes at  Housing Works. He also received services from New York Society for the Deaf Ryan White Program from Alina Engelman.

Both Hugh, and his friend Richard, passed away about a week or so apart in April 2012.

(Submitted by Larry Wasserman)

 

 

Rodney Jamieson

Rodney Leonard Jamieson
May 01, 1060 – December 18, 1994

In 1980 Rodney left his home in Edmonton, Canada, to study at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. He left Gallaudet with two degrees in 1989 and moved to Toronto where he became a sign language teacher with the Canadian Hearing Society. A staunch advocate of American Sign Language, he was one of the best in his field. He had the admiration of colleagues and students alike.

Rod, worked closely with the deaf and gay and lesbian communities in Toronto. He was a counsellor and coordinator with the AIDS Committee of Toronto’s Deaf Outreach Project and he was president of the Toronto Rainbow Alliance for the Deaf, an organization devoted to deaf consciousness raising for gay men and lesbians.

Though ill himself, he was a loyal friend who helped many that were sick with HIV while they were dying. Rod was never seen to complain during his own draining ordeal with HIV. He enjoyed until the end the company of his many good friends, his family, whom he was very close to, and his partner Marcus Sullivan. Goodbye Rod. – MK

 

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Hear Me Through My Vision

Come, calm your restless souls that’ve been tortured too long. The end is only the beginning and Rodney Leonard Jamiesonyou need not suffer for me anymore. My mind is alert and my soul has awakened with understanding. The body is damaged beyond repair and needs to rest. I Loved and Lived my life fully and acknowledge the end that comes with this realization. Beyond here lies a safe haven for all the restless souls who have suffered in loves name.

My spirit like yours is great and will live on in those whom I loved and who loved me. I hope I have left my mark in the hearts of those who truly cared. The passage of time coupled with understanding will heal the emptiness and pain in all our hearts.

Grieve not too long for this will do no justice to your souls, but instead remember the one spirit we all eternally share. Remember we are all soldiers of love and have our share in the evolution of humanity on earth. Have the courage to live your story and have the patience to listen to others as I have. For we are all on the same journey.

Be safe and secure in knowing we all have been given the opportunity to partake in the process of the story of life and be appreciative if you are strong enough to carry the challenge. The path we are all on will cross again, and again and make no mistake, I will be there to celebrate with all who have taken part in the quest for the holy grail.

– RJ / Marcus

 

(Source: https://cemetery.org/rodney-leonard-jamieson)

Dan Mansfield

Dan Mansfield

By David Galyean

This I have some memories of Dan Mansfield in Seattle, Washington, before he passed away of AIDS in 1994.

He was a graduatee of Washington School for Deaf in 1968. He went onto work for Pacific Bell (now best known as US West) as a TTY representative from 1974 to 1994, for a total of twenty years.

He gradually lost his vision becoming deaf-blind over the years. He was very ACTIVE in deaf TASK force in Seattle area right after learning that he had contracted AIDS.

One afternoon in early 1994 (TWO WEEKS) before he passed away. I got off METRO Transit bus from work and I noticed that Dan Mansfield walked TWO block north past his residence.

So, I thought he was probably lost on his way home. So I approached him only to LEARN that he wasn’t lost at all! He was just on his way to Baskin Robbin 31 ice cream shop.

Then, afterwards he passed away two weeks later.

[Photo of Dan Mansfield on left with Rodney Jamieson on the right. Photo submitted by Bob Rourke]

 

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