[Photo by Steven]
Erin O’Connor, a longtime East Village resident, died on July 25. She was 50. (The cause of death was not disclosed.)
The Villager published a feature obituary in this week's edition:
Erin was a poet, an artist and a humanitarian. She was also a natural gifted dancer. She was humble and her passions were raising her son and advocating for social-justice issues in her local community. She gave thousands of volunteer hours to the Catholic Worker’s Mary House, on E. Third St., the Holy Name Center for homeless men, at 10 Bleecker St., and Judson Memorial Church.
Friends and loved ones are coming together tomorrow afternoon for a memorial in her honor at El Jardin del Paraiso, the community garden on Fifth Street between Avenue C and Avenue D. The memorial starts at 3.
There's an online memorial here.
Erin seemed like a beautiful individual and little effort is given to celebrate those who give so much of themselves in a thankless effort to help the local community. It's nice to see that people are coming together to honor her and her contributions. So proud of our 'hood when I am reminded that there are people here every day doing the selfless work of advocating for those who are marginalized and voiceless. It makes me want to help more and I expect that it has the same affect on others. Much love and prayers to those who love Erin that she left behind.
RIP Erin. This was a shock.
Erin was a very sweet snd caring person. She will be missed.
East Village Corner
This is so sad. We were friends for so many years. A typical New York friendship. We knew each other from the neighborhood and we always smiled, nodded or waived but we never spoke. This is really sad.
Such an incredible array of loving tributes from a wide circle of friends just makes it all the more tragic to lose Erin! Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/felton-nyc/albums/72157685058600703
Thank you for posting this. Erin was one of the hardest working, generous souls one could ever meet. May she always be remembered by those who new and loved her.
Also: that guy in the picture was called Red, and lived in Harlem. I hope he's still around! (Good guy!)
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