Written by The New Pittsburgh Courier
The losses in 2012 were few but severe as we mourned the deaths of Sylvester Pace, Rev. Delano Paige, Rev. Jerome Stevenson and Leroy Wofford.
NEED head Pace, 58, mourned
His passion and dedication to unlocking the power of education for disadvantaged minority students seeking higher education, along with his overall commitment to helping the community and the youth within it, are just a few of the reasons why Sylvester Pace will be missed, but never forgotten. Pace, 58, of Penn Hills, died June 8 after a reported battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Pace, a beacon in the community, spent more than 10 years as president and CEO of NEED, the oldest community-based, nonprofit, minority higher education program in Pennsylvania, which provides pathways for youth looking to further their education in college.
Rev. Paige dies at 75
A dynamic preacher, mentor, leader and friend, but most importantly a true man of God, are just a few of the expressions used by many to describe Rev. Delano Roosevelt Paige. As a longtime leader of one of the most well-known churches in Pittsburgh, Rev. Paige was dedicated to his ministries, his followers and his community, but on June 22, he was unexpectedly called home to receive his crown. He was 75 years old.
Hundreds celebrate Wofford
More than 80 local musicians joined friends and family of blues singer Leroy Wofford at the James Street Gastropub to celebrate his life and to raise funds to help with his funeral expenses. Wofford was shot by two men at his home Sept. 8 and died the following day at UPMC Presbyterian. Pittsburgh police are still investigating.
“Everyone helping get my father put to rest, and your condolences, I really appreciate it,” said daughter Charmaine Kelly. “My father was a good man and didn’t deserve this.”
But he did deserve the send off he received from Pittsburgh’s jazz and blues artists.
Rev. Stevenson mourned
The Allegheny Union Baptist Association of Pittsburgh, Clairton’s Morning Star Baptist Church, and the communities of Clairton and Braddock are mourning the loss of Rev. Dr. Jerome Stevenson. Stevenson served as the Moderator of the Pittsburgh branch of the AUBA and was in the midst of his second term in office before his death in late January. He would have completed that second term July of this year. Stevenson died Jan. 25. He was 64 years old. Raised in Braddock, he graduated from Braddock High School and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Geneva College in Community Ministry.