Whom do you remember?

An updated list is below:

I’m putting together a list of Central Florida theater folk whom we have lost, and I need your help.

I’m hoping that all of you will remember theater friends of yours, or local theater people you’ve admired, who’ve died in the past 25 years or so, and forward me their names (and when they died, if you remember that).

Seems like it would be good to put together our own wall of remembrance.

I’ll start with some from the last couple of years, and maybe you’ll chime in:

In memoriam:

  • Anne Walker, 2010
  • Terry Newby, 2010
  • Joe Pinckney, 2010
  • Skip Shulte, 2010
  • Dave Young, 2010
  • Joe Erwin, 2010
  • Julia Vatter, 2009
  • John Goring, 2009
  • Emily Dowdy, 2009
  • Bob Niemyer, 2009
  • Bruce Bowes, 2009
  • Paddy Blackwood, 2009
  • Peni Lotoza, 2009
  • Mark Priest, 2009
  • Mark Howard, 2009
  • Michael McLane, 2008
  • Sara Z. Daspin, 2008
  • Debbie Dean, 2008
  • Joe Monserrat, 2008
  • Jan Perez 2008
  • Susan Camlin, 2008
  • Walter Windsor, 2008
  • Larry Tackett, 2007
  • Bryan Hayes, 2007
  • Patrick Clark, 2007
  • Lowell Fenner, 2006
  • Tom Begley, 2006
  • Bryant Simms, 2005
  • Paul Wegman, 2004
  • Violet Currie, 2004
  • Jason Opsahl, 2002
  • Sumner Rand, 2002
  • John McCombs, 2001
  • Bob Bogdanoff, 2001
  • Robert Strow 1999
  • James Cali, 1996
  • Ray Clickner, 1996 (?)
  • Russ Oleson, 1995
  • Ted Mansfield, 1993
  • J. Paul Manenti, 1993
  • Burdett Bullock, 1993
  • Leonard Conner, 1992
  • Roger Dumas, 1989

Please help me out and add what you can. Thanks.

42 responses to “Whom do you remember?

  1. John Goring (March 2009). Joe Pinckney (April 2010). Peni Lotoza (October 2009).

    • Felicia Pinckney-Mims

      Joseph Pinckney Died March 6, 2010 in Lake Mary, Florida. He was my father. Thank You For This Website.

  2. Patrick Flick

    I was updating my phone list today for a new Iphone. I used a very old Palm Pilot for some of the addresses. I was shocked by how many people I’ve lost in the last ten years. From both my family, California friends and one or two from here. I could not bear to delete a couple of them. So they’ll remain in my Iphone until I make my final phone call. I might need those numbers some day. Is there a heavenly address list?

  3. John DiDonna

    Of course Paul Wegman, Larry Tackett, Paul Jordan (J Paul Minetti), Bryan Hayes, . . . .

  4. Bill Barnett

    John McCombs, April 2001. Mark Howard, 2009.

  5. darlin barry

    John McComb, 2000 or 2001?

  6. darlin barry

    Michael McLane, 2009

  7. Paul Wegman 2004
    Ms. P!

  8. Paul Wegman, John McCombs, Bob Bogdanoff (Celebrity dinner theatre), Mark Howard
    Sorry, I don’t know the years.

  9. Arleen Radner

    Robert Strow 1999
    John MacCombs
    Ted Mansfield
    Ray Clickner
    Joe Monserrat

  10. Michelle A Perry - Sanderson

    Jan Perez 2008

  11. Elizabeth.

    There was a casting director who worked out out by the 528 , named Herb ? Can’t remember his last name at the moment.

  12. Leonard Connor (around 1990?)
    Paul Wegman (around 2000?)

  13. Roger Dumas-1989 at age 43. He was one of our local area scenic scenic designers.

  14. Fletcher Bishop

    James Cali 1990s

  15. Sara Z. Daspin

  16. Elizabeth Dean

    Jim Cali (James Cali) Not sure what year.

  17. Elizabeth Dean

    Jim Cali August 1st, 1996 Age 33

  18. PAULA KEENAN

    VIOLET CURRIE 2004
    BRYANT SIMMS ?

  19. Sara Daspin.

  20. Russ Oleson. Terry Newby.

  21. Patrick Clark 2007 -less then a year after graduating from Rollins’s Dept. of Theatre and Dance

  22. Has no one mentioned Sara Daspin yet? She passed away in Aug. 2008.

  23. Wally Harper

    I’m sure some of these will be mentioned by others and I’m awful on dates:
    John McCombs, Mark Howard, Joe Erwin, Skip Shulte, Terry Newby, Russ Oleson, Joe Monserrat, Lowell Fenner, Paul Wegman. Jason Opsahl, Byrd Bullock from Channel 9 and a great fan of the arts.

  24. OK, here’s the list so far:

    Terry Newby, 2010
    Joe Pinckney, 2010
    Skip Shulte, 2010
    Dave Young, 2010
    Joe Erwin, 2010
    Julia Vatter, 2009
    John Goring, 2009
    Emily Dowdy, 2009
    Bob Niemyer, 2009
    Bruce Bowes, 2009
    Paddy Blackwood, 2009
    Peni Lotoza, 2009
    Mark Priest, 2009
    Mark Howard, 2009
    Michael McLane, 2008
    Sara Z. Daspin, 2008
    Debbie Dean, 2008
    Joe Monserrat, 2008
    Jan Perez 2008
    Larry Tackett, 2007
    Bryan Hayes, 2007
    Patrick Clark, 2007
    Lowell Fenner, 2006
    Bryant Simms, 2005 (?)
    Paul Wegman, 2004
    Violet Currie, 2004
    Jason Opsahl, 2002
    John McCombs, 2001
    Bob Bogdanoff, 2001
    Robert Strow 1999
    James Cali, 1996
    Ray Clickner, 1996 (?)
    Russ Oleson, 1995
    Ted Mansfield, 1993
    J. Paul Manenti, 1993
    Burdett Bullock, 1993
    Leonard Conner, 1992
    Roger Dumas, 1989

    If you all have anybody to add, please let me know.

  25. John DiDonna

    What a sobering list. So many that we have known, and sadly so many that until that list was posted many probably did not remember or even know. Elizabeth, thank you so much. We must keep this and honor it. Sadly I am sure more names we are not remembering right now will be added to this list. I am currently looking for he last name of an actor who worked with me on a number of shows – including the AIDS docudrama years ago – who passed away a few years back. Once I have it I will add.

  26. Debbie Dean (March 30, 2008) Stage Manager/Box Office Manager of Orlando Rep

    Tom Begley (2007?) Professor at UCF Theatre

  27. Stephanie Kuzicki

    Susan Camlin from the Ice House — 2008 or 9

  28. Thank you so much for doing this. I seriously have wanted to do something like this for quite some time. YOU ROCK!

  29. Wally Harper

    Two others I just thought about: Sumner Rand and Walter Windsor.

  30. Katrina Ploof

    Elizabeth, I can’t think of the last name, but “Luke” was TD at the old Civic and then at Shakes? Such a sweet funny man. Does anyone know who I’m talking about?

  31. Wally Harper

    Do you mean Ryszard “Luke” Lukaszewicz who was the TD at the Civic when we did “Into the Woods” in Sept. ’92?

  32. John DiDonna

    Elizabeth,
    There is a plaque I think in the dressing room of the Orlando Shakes. Luke was great -one of the first people in theatre I came across when I moved here.

  33. Patti Heenie, 2010. Once upon a time, the Costume Shop Manager for Rollins College. A very artistically vibrant and inspiring human being. My mentor and friend. She is missed.