UPDATE REGARDING Memorial Reception for "Georgie's Alibi" Lois Kessinger to be Sunday, February 6, 1 to 3 PM in Wilton Manors, Florida

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    Jan 31, 2011 10:26 PM GMT
    As discussed in the earlier linked RJ thread below, the mother of the founder of "Georgie's Alibi" gay bar in Wilton Manors, Lois Kessinger, died Sunday, January 23rd. Her funeral is tomorrow, Tuesday, in Ohio.

    My partner & I are hosting a modest memorial reception in her honor at our place, this Sunday, Feb 6, from 1 to 3 PM. The Kessinger family will be there, including George. All are welcome, no RSVP required.

    The address is River Manor, 3004 NE 5th Terrace (the Clubhouse), Wilton Manors, FL 33334. For those who know the area, the NE 6th Ave entrance at the Middle River Bridge is better. Please use parking spaces marked for Guest. (If uncertain, please e-mail me at RJ)



    "A" represents the memorial location on this linked map below. Because of Google inaccuracies, I had to give it a bogus street number to produce the correct view. In the Google street view River Manor is the 3-story buildings at the foot of the bridge, entrance at the "Welcome to Wilton Manors" sign.

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    Feb 03, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    And here's the scanned obituary that someone just sent me from the Sun-Sentinel newspaper in South Florida, that also mentions our Sunday memorial, which the Kessinger family has termed a "Celebration of Life."

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    Feb 03, 2011 4:44 PM GMT
    what a heartfelt, caring, classy thing to do for someone!

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    Feb 03, 2011 6:52 PM GMT
    rnch saidwhat a heartfelt, caring, classy thing to do for someone!


    Well, thanks, but we really loved Lois, everyone did. She & I used to trade quips and pseudo-insults at the Alibi all the time. I remember one time, with Lois standing right there at our table, her son George Jr (Georgie) asked us if we had ordered yet.

    "Ah, no, this is the first we've seen your Mother in the 30 minutes we've been here. Have you been on a break, Lois?" George almost choked, and Lois started waving her finger at me:

    "Why you turkey!" she yelled, which was one of her favorite derogatory terms. "You know I was just over here! Well you'll get nothing now! I'll take [my partner's name's] order, but you can go hungry!"

    We all laughed & laughed, and we were always doing silly stuff like that with her. So that when we learned that her funeral was to be in Ohio, we proposed to the family that if they'd like to do something locally here in Wilton Manors in her memory we'd be honored to make it happen.

    If you understand what George Kessinger and his family did for Wilton Manors, including his mother, almost single-handely turning a run-down, shuttered, red-neck trailer park town into the rebuilt, world-famous gay mecca it is today, you will know why this had to be done.

    Lois Kessinger wasn't just "someone" but a dear friend, a local institution, and part of a family that created today's Wilton Manors. It was no decision on our part, but an obligation.
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    Feb 06, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    Sorry this is a bit late, but we had to go directly to a musical soiree tonight, just got back.

    The Kessinger family came over to our place earlier today, and were pleased with what we had arranged. So our modest memorial for Lois remains on tract for tomorrow, Sunday, Feb 6, 1 to 3 PM in Wilton Manors. The details & directions are in the OP above.

    Thanks for the several private replies I've received in RJ e-mail, including some regrets due to unavoidable conflicts and being out of town. I look forward to some local RJ members joining us for this gathering.
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    Feb 07, 2011 2:36 AM GMT
    Epilogue: We had it today, went beautifully. Several hundred people there. For South Florida locals, look for pics in Hot Spots, taken by our friend, gay social photographer Pompano Bill. Not sure if they'll make this Thursday's weekly edition (Feb 10), but if not then it'll the next on the 17th. I'll post here when I see. And Bill usually e-mails pics directly that I can upload.