Category: Passings

Memorials and obituaries for members of the community. They can be submitted by email to editor@greatlakesden.net or through our Submissions Page.

PASSINGS: Artist Michael Kirwan

LOS ANGELES — The Tom of Finland Foundation announced the passing of artist Michael Kirwan over the weekend. From the press release: With a sad heart, we are letting you know that artist Michael Kirwan passed away peacefully on the morning of Saturday, 26th May 2018, in Los Angeles, California. Hoist a glass and make…

PASSINGS: Sam Carlisle

MINNEAPOLIS — The Atons of Minneapolis reported Tuesday that longtime member Sam Carlisle passed away on March 27. 

From the Atons website:

Sam was the longest standing active member of the Atons, having joined the club in 1992. He served the club as President, Vice-President, Treasurer, social chair, Run Chair, and as a brother to his fellow Atons.

PASSINGS: Daddy Orchid

CHICAGO — Earlier this year, the Leather community lost the beloved and respected Daddy Orchid (Drea).  Daddy Orchid was a scholar, teacher, published author, and community patron whose quiet support and keen wisdom has at various times undergirded the lives and work of individuals and groups in the many outposts of the Leather world that…

PASSINGS: Si “Sly” Hands

CHICAGO — It is with a great sadness that we at Mr. International Rubber learned this morning of the sudden passing of Si “Sly” Hands, Mister International Rubber 2012. He was 33 years young. It’s hard to comprehend the vast number of people whose life he has impacted, but regardless of how they knew him…

PASSINGS: Ruty Mikael Arthur

TOLEDO — Ruty Mikael (Puls) Arthur, 46, formerly of Minneapolis, entered the summerland on February 16, 2017, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, after a battle with cancer. He was born July 3, 1970 in Mankato, Minn. He married Andrew “Jake” Arthur in Toledo, Ohio, on February 8, 2016. Ruty was an out and proud transman.…

Alan Penrod Passes

ATLANTA – News came across Facebook and social media that Alan Penrod of Atlanta, International LeatherSir 2011, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 14, of natural causes. The news came through a post on Alan’s Facebook page, posted by his husband Nitro Hankinson: ***This message is being posted by Nitro Hankinson**** This message is coming from myself…