Friday, January 1, 2021

Gone but not forgotten

Remembering a few of our friends and neighbors who died in 2020...

Frances Goldin, lifelong preservationist and community activist

Terry Lewis, aka Kid Lucky, beatbox and beatrhyming pioneer
Jimmy Webb, manager at Trash & Vaudeville, and later owner of I Need More

Annette Averette, neighborhood activist and member of the Sixth Street Community Center 

Matthew "Matty" Maher, longtime bartender then owner of McSorley's

Margaret Morton, professor at Cooper Union and photographer who documented the city's homeless

Holly Lane, East Village-based music executive

David Gonzales, longtime employee at Frank Restaurant on Second Avenue

Shirley Campbell, housing activist

• Giuseppi Logan, free-jazz legend

Phyllis Somerville, veteran actress of film, TV and Broadway 

• Miguel Algarin, poet and founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Carol Porteous-Fall, eco-activist and yoga enthusiast

Ali Yasin, pharmacist and proprietor at New York City Pharmacy on First Avenue

Miguel Grande, the Pasta King at Supper on Second Street

Nashom Wooden, legend in the drag community 

The Rev. Diane Dunne, pastor of Hope for the Future Ministries who fed the homeless in Tompkins Square Park since the late 1980s
Edgar Artur Cajamarca, kitchen team member at Miss Lily's 7A


Francois "Frans" Nieuwendam, menswear consultant and nightlife veteran

Walter Lure, musician and founding member of the Heartbreakers

• Hanshi Wilfredo Roldan, martial-arts legend
Jack Finelli, theater lover, community gardener
George Eshareturi, doorman at St. Dymphna's
Stasia Micula, community activist who worked in the 1970s-1980s as adult film star Samantha Fox


Anonymous said...

so many bright lights, gone but never forgotten!

Anonymous said...

Wow. What a beautiful tribute. So sad we lost many in 2020. :(

Anonymous said...

May all of these beautiful peoples' memories be a blessing, and may we rage and revolt in memory of those (especially our elders and workers) who perished silently and out of sight due to the pandemic and the apathy and greed of our ruling class, who will stop at nothing to clear out every rent controlled apartment and destroy every mom and pop shop.

Greg Masters said...

Respect. Thank you for another year so diligently chronicling our joys and sorrows. Happy New Year.

Sarah said...

A heartbreaking list. The EV lost some real ones this year. Not to mention those less well known taken unnecessarily by political mismanagement of COVID.

Lola Sáenz said...

Beautiful tribute to those we lost.
Thank you EV Grieve, Greg Masters said it Best, for chronicling the Joy and Sorrows.
Beautiful people RIP.

takicat said...

Thank you for posting this.

mvd said...

Thanks for mentioning hanshi Wilfredo roldan. He moved his dojo uptown when he left the university of the streets location, but he was a long time part of this community.

Grieve said...

I have more information on him that I plan to post tomorrow