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Robert Washington’s memorial service planned for Monday

A memorial service will be held Monday evening in New York City for original Static co-writer Robert L. Washington III, who passed away June 6 at age 47.

Upon learning that Washington, who had been homeless a few times and only sporadically employed in recent years, faced indigent burial in an unmarked grave on Hart Island, former classmates and colleagues joined with The Hero Initiative to raise money for a funeral and interment. According to Craig Hicks, who attended school with Washington from fifth through eighth grades and helped to spearhead the fund-raising campaign, that goal has been reached.

“Thanks to the efforts of many generous fans and friends — and loads of support from the Hero Initiative — Robert Washington’s remains will now get a proper burial,” Hicks wrote last night in a comment on Robot 6.

Fans, friends and colleagues are invited to the memorial service Monday at 7 p.m. at Ross-Roden Funeral Home, 725 E. Gun Hill Road, Bronx, New York City. Those unable to attend can sign the guest book, or send flowers or sympathy cards, through the funeral home’s website.

Comic Book Resources last week published Washington’s final interview, in which the writer discussed his comics work, receiving assistance from The Hero Initiative, and contributing a story to the organization’s 2012 anthology.

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Hi, all, thanks to the efforts of many generous fans and friends — and loads of support from the Hero Initiative — Robert Washington’s remains will now get a proper burial.

If you would like to attend his memorial service, it is planned for 7pm Monday, June 25th at the Ross-Roden Funeral Home, 725 E. Gun Hill Road, Bronx, New York 10467.

If you are unable to attend can sign the guest book, or send flowers or sympathy cards, through the funeral home’s website, http://www.rossroden.com/sitemaker/sites/RossRo1/obit.cgi?user=654287WashingtonIII

Also, it’s not to late to honor Robert’s memory by considering further donations to the Hero Initiative in Robert’s name. These will go to help comic book creators like Robert who are in desperate need.

To donate, go to the Hero Initiative home page (www.heroinitiative.org) and click the yellow “Donate” button at the top right. This will take you to PayPal, where you can login and make your contribution.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you click the button that says “add special instructions to seller” and type “Robert Washington” before you submit your donation.

Charles Ranier

June 24, 2012 at 9:16 am

whoops, the link points to the Swedish manga porn case, not the Hero Initiative link.

Charles Ranier

June 24, 2012 at 9:17 am

oh, my bad, I see the little link underneath the main story for the fundraiser. Carry on with your day.

Thanks once again for spreading the word. Also, a reminder to Robot 6 readers: it’s not to late to honor Robert’s memory by considering further donations to the Hero Initiative in his name. These will go to help comic book creators like Robert who are in desperate need.

To donate, go to the Hero Initiative home page (www.heroinitiative.org) and click the yellow “Donate” button at the top right. This will take you to PayPal, where you can login and make your contribution.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you click the button that says “add special instructions to seller” and type “Robert Washington” before you submit your donation.

I am glad to hear that Mr. Washington will be reciving a propper burial.

Thanks to everyone who joined the effort to honor Robert’s memory and help other comic book creators in need. The Hero Initiative was able to use all of your donations to pay for the service and provide Robert’s mother and two of his sisters with the means to travel from Detroit, Michigan to New York and give him a proper funeral.

More from the Hero Initiative website: http://www.heroinitiative.org/newsdetail.asp?n=295&ti=Robert+Washington+Laid+to+Rest

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