Friday, August 31, 2007

Celebration of Life

John Henry Rew, III of Chelsea, passed away on August 23rd to the shock of all who knew and loved him. An accident within his eighth avenue apartment took this beloved spirit away from the world. John Henry was an infectious light who is best remembered by his engaging smile, captivating laugh and open loving heart. He traveled far and reached many with his available friendship and generosity. His endeavors included the Gay Games, the Mavericks softball team, judging beauty contests, MC'ing events, dancing in musicals and on television with Club MTV, promoting parties, including RAH!, Fluid, A la MODE, The DYNASTY, Pop Rocks, Thursday Night at Duvet and his memorable fetes at home. John Henry Rew made NYC an even better place to be and we all owe a generous recognition of thank you to this benevolent red-haired friend. John Henry, wherever you are, please put me on the VIP-list and save me a drink ticket.” – Thanks to singer John Tedeschi and Patric Zabatta for providing this for all of us with email blasts to send it out.
It's been sad and difficult for myself and others to hear of this terrible news. John has always been such a warm, fun and valued person that myself and countless others were honored to have in our lives. On August 30, his New York City friends had a huge Celebration of his life where we wore Orange, his favorite color and the color of his hair and his infamous orange sarong. His friend and Drag hostess and performer at most of his event, Nomi DeMilo performed "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" at the end of the service as a tribute to him. Others who attended the memorial tribute included Michael Musto of Village Voice, Will Clark, John Tedeschi, Mark Schulte, Joe Fiore, Melissa Sklarz, Scott Talbolt and many friends, family and members of the Maverick Baseball team of the Big Apple Baseball League.