Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-03-03
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  IDENTITY

PASSAGES George S. Martinez
2009-10-01

This article shared 4966 times since Thu Oct 1, 2009
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


George S. Martinez—a Chicagoan who was a beloved community activist and patient advocate—passed away June 14 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was 56.

Martinez was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, where he held the position of Melchizedek priesthood. He went on missions and was devoted to his beliefs. He was a kind gentleman who was open-minded about life, people and cultures. He was a patient and loving man who was perpetually optimistic and was admired, respected and loved by all who knew him; he will be deeply missed. He maintained his keen interest in his family and friends even in the last days before his death, deprecating his own routine as humdrum and not worth discussing, but curious to know what everyone else was up to.

As a child, Martinez had polio and was in an iron lung for a while. He courageously faced this serious illness and a number of serious health problems throughout his lifetime and triumphed over them. He had been living with hepatitis B for many years; then he was a liver recipient in May 2004, after which he devoted much of his time helping others. He was instrumental in helping in the landmark legislation to expand organ transplant options for people with HIV/AIDS: by his working with then-State Rep. Larry McKeon, D-Chicago, on passage of the Illinois HIV Organ Donation Law ( 2004 ) and the Hepatitis Education/Awareness and Screening Law ( 2005 ) .

Martinez was an advocate in taking the Illinois HIV Organ Donation law to the federal level by going to Washington, D.C. While there Martinez talked to then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., about AIDS care.

He was very active on the National Institutes of Health, Steering Committee and Community Advisory board for the "Multisite Study on Transplantation with HIV," and was part of the HIV Prevention and Planning Group ( HPPG ) , CDPH Hepatitis C Task Force, EASE Caucus, Northside HIV/AIDS Health Coalition, AIDS Foundation Advocacy/Policy Committee, TPAN, TORCH, Vital Bridges ( working with activist Lori Cannon ) and other community groups.

Through his work with Kraft General Foods, Martinez was able to travel throughout the world. He visited such countries in South America as Brazil, Argentina and Chile; in Europe, he visited France, Italy, England, Greece and Germany. He also traveled to Australia, Mexico and many major cities in the U.S.

Martinez graduated from Purdue University with the degrees of the Degree of Bachelor of Arts 1976 and the Degree of Bachelor of Science 1982.

He won several awards, including the Kraft General Foods: Technology Center, Special Accomplishment Award ( 1994 ) ; American Liver Foundation, Illinois Chapter, Patient Honoree at Northwestern Memorial Hospital ( 2005 ) ; the Chicago Area HIV/AIDS Caucus Long-Term Survivor Award, EASE ( 2005 ) ; the Westside HIV/AIDS Regional Planning Council's Bennet Williams Award ( 2005 ) ; and the Chicago Department of Public Health's Award of Appreciation, The HIV Prevention Planning Group ( 2007 ) .

Martinez was preceded in death by his parents, Estanislado Martinez and Camila ( Garza ) Martinez, his son Richard Geoffrey Martinez ( Deceased at age 20 ) and his two brothers: Richard and Manuel; and two sisters: Irma and Cynthia Martinez. He is survived by one daughter Erin ( Martinez ) Holman, grandfather of Anabel, Richard, and Emberlii; two sisters, Rachael and Lydia; a brother, Carlos; sisters—in-law Delia and Carolyn; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces and godchildren; caregivers Michael Wall and Steve Stoddard; Richard J. Elia, a loving companion ( of 18 years ) ; and many friends.

Burial services were held privately with family at Ridgelawn Cemetery, 4401 West Ridge, Gary, Ind., 46408.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Vital Bridges, North Side Grocery Center, 5543 N. Broadway, Chicago, Ill., 60640.

A remembrance meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, 12-2 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted ( www.CenterOnHalsted.org ) .


This article shared 4966 times since Thu Oct 1, 2009
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

PASSAGES Maya Kali Evans dies at 53 2021-02-19
- Maya Kali Evans (formerly Curtis O. Love)—a tattoo artist and caregiver who resided in Newark, Illinois, and who previously lived in Chicago and Philadelphia—passed away peacefully Feb. 18, 2021, at home in Newark. She was 53. ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Dr. Gary B. Beringer, epidemiologist, dies at 70 2021-02-17
- Epidemiologist Gary B. Beringer, Dr. P.H., age 70, passed away suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 27 at his home in Chicago, IL. Gary, an only child, is survived by his wife, Nancy M. Abbate, who worked closely with ...


Gay News

Queer musician Ari Gold dies at 47 2021-02-14
- New York City-based dance artist Ari Gold has died at age 47 after a long battle with cancer, according to out.com. Gold—who was also known as Sir Ari and GoldNation— released seven albums as a part ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Robert Thomas Cichocki, J.D. dies at 70 2021-02-11
- Robert Thomas Cichocki, J.D., passed away peacefully at home in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood on Feb. 5. He was 70. After earning his B.A. from Wayne State University and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Gordon Keith Richardson 2021-02-08
- Gordon Keith Richardson of Washington, D.C., passed away on Feb. 4, 2021, at the age of 60 from complications of COVID-19. Keith was born in Leadville, CO, and raised primarily in St. Charles, Missouri. He graduated ...


Gay News

Former CTU President Karen Lewis dies at 67 2021-02-08
- Former Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis has died at age 67, The Chicago Tribune reported. She led a seven-day strike in 2012 (the first in a quarter-century) and was a one-time mayoral hopeful who ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Elzie Bates 2021-01-28
- Elzie Bates was born at home April 6, 1931, in McComb, Mississippi. His birth was never officially recorded so for most of his adult life, his many friends celebrated his birthday on the day of Elzie's ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Carmen Vazquez, social justice activist 2021-01-28
--From press releases - The National LGBTQ Task Force: The National LGBTQ Task Force is deeply saddened to announce the death of Carmen Vàzquez, long-time LGBTQ+ and social justice activist. Carmen died on Jan. 27, 2021 of COVID related complications. ...


Gay News

Pioneering AIDS researcher Dr. Joseph Sonnabend dead at 88 2021-01-24
--From a media release by HIVPlusMagazine - Pioneering AIDS researcher and clinician Joseph Sonnabend, 88, died Jan. 24, 2021 at the Wellington Hospital in London, after suffering a heart attack on Jan.3, 2021. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to a physician mother and ...


Gay News

Broadcasting legend Larry King dies at 87 2021-01-23
- Broadcasting icon Larry King has died at age 87, CNN.com reported. King died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Ora Media, the studio and network he co-founded, tweeted. No cause of death was given, but ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Kevin McCarthy 2021-01-19
- Kevin Creedon McCarthy, of Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, passed away after a brief illness on Jan. 11. He was 53. Raised in Arlington Heights, Kevin studied communications at the University of Missouri before embarking on a long ...


Gay News

PASSAGES George H. Gibson 2021-01-06
- George Horner Gibson died at his home in Chicago on Jan. 3, 2021. He was 88. Gibson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Furman University with bachelor's ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Chicago activist Benny Montgomery dies 2020-12-29
- Benny M. Montgomery Jr.—a longtime Chicago-based LGBTQ-rights activist who had worked as a constituent services administrator for U.S. Rep. Danny Davis and former Congresswoman Cardiss Collins, among other politicians—passed away ...


Gay News

Chicago trans woman Eshay Key, 25, dies in Christmas shooting 2020-12-28
Column by Sue Kerr - Just a week after writing about the ugly shooting death of a 19-year-old Black gender nonconforming young adult while they were at a Christmas party, I was hopeful there would be no more deaths to cover ...


Gay News

'Party Monster' killer Michael Alig dies at 54 2020-12-26
- Michael Alig who was at the center of the LGBTQ "club kids" scene in late 1980s and early '90s Manhattan, and whose involvement in the murder and dismemberment of his drug dealer was chronicled in the 2003 film Party Monster died Dec. 25th ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.