A Simple Goodbye

9 Feb

A scholarship fund is being set up in memory of Eric Debusk, who would have been 36 this Friday, February 12th.  The fund has been set up by Eric’s partner of nearly 12 years David Ewing:

“He loved music. He loved performing. That was his big thing.”

Eric passed away last month from an unnamed illness which forced him out of performing as a cruise ship entertainer. The scholarship fund will fully fund the participation of five recipients in the Gay Mens Chorus of Miami, in which Eric performed for three years:

Chorus board president Keith Hart said “we’re very thankful that his partner has pledged to start the Eric DeBusk memorial fund.” Members must each pay $180 a year to cover chorus costs, fees and other expenses.

Hart said the chorus will dedicate its second annual choral festival — featuring eight different South Florida singing groups — to DeBusk. The festival will be held 7 p.m., Feb. 26, at Trinity Cathedral, 464 NE 16th St., Miami.

This story might seem unremarkable.  It isn’t. What touched me about this story is what’s missing; No controversy, no pickets, and seemingly no whitewashing of his life and love.  Since we are trying to bring about a world where this is even possible it’s important to highlight it and celebrate it whenever we can.

This is how a person should be loved and remembered.  Our hearts go out to David and Eric’s family.

One Response to “A Simple Goodbye”


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