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    In Memoriam

    Edward “Eddie” Munoz

    A former staff member at Glide Memorial Church and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Munoz volunteered for many benefits supporting the LGBTQ community. He bravely fought several illnesses recently, including cancer for which he underwent multiple rounds of chemotherapy, all while remaining upbeat and supportive of friends and family. After his passing on October 12, a GoFundMe page was created to help with funeral expenses ( ). As of this writing, they are short of the modest goal ($2500), so please consider helping out.

    Jan Zobel

    Recognized nationally for her expertise as a financial advisor and tax consultant for small businesses and the self-employed, Zobel was an author, 

    advisor and leader of workshops who helped countless others, and particularly LGBTQ, minority and women businesses owners. Her book Minding Her Own Business, published in 2005, is considered a vital resource, especially for self-employed women and independent contractors seeking to navigate the steps of starting their own business. Frequently quoted as a tax expert in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal and by Microsoft, Charles Schwab and more, Zobel received the Small Business Administration’s Accountant Advocate of the Year Award. It is not surprising that one of her clients wrote: “Is it strange that I love my accountant?” Many readers of the San Francisco Bay Times knew Zobel through vacations spent at her property in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii; her role as co-host of an annual East Bay Hanukkah Party for LGBTQ women; her support for, and participation in, the Bay Times SF Pride Parade contingent and much more. She is also remembered for her debates with anti-LGBT advocates during the campaign to defeat the Briggs Initiative in 1978. She was profiled by The San Francisco Chronicle for her courage as a novice competitor in mountain biking at the 2002 Gay Games in Sydney, Australia, where she won a gold medal. In 2003, she was recognized for her decades of philanthropy by the Astraea Foundation. Zobel died at her home in Oakland after a long illness.

    Norman Tanner

    Black Brothers Esteem co-founder Norman Tanner passed away on October 5, the victim of a hit-and-run accident in San Francisco at Oak and Baker Streets. Beloved for his work in establishing support resources for gay and bisexual African American men, he was nicknamed “Stormin’ Norman” by friends and colleagues who knew him and observed his tireless volunteering, including for sobriety advocacy. Tanner was active as a volunteer in programs of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Glide Memorial Church. He was also known for mentoring jail inmates who were struggling with addictions. Plans for a memorial service are underway. For more information, contact Tony Bradford:



    Jim L. Manges, Jr. 

    The popular Cinch bar on Polk Street was the site of a large gathering on Saturday, October 13, when friends and family gathered to celebrate the life of popular bartender Manges. Known for his love of food, friendship with the late renowned chef Julia Child (he cooked with Child at her home), and support of the Pittsburgh Steelers (he often wore black and gold attire, and was frequently greeted with: “Hey, Pittsburgh!”), Manges passed on August 30 after a lengthy illness. The celebration of his life included a display of his impressive collection of cookbooks, hats and candid snapshots, as well as many food items. As reported in The Tribune-Review based near Pittsburg, Manges served as a congressional page in the U.S. House of Representatives and completed high school in the page program at the Library of Congress, giving his senior class graduation speech in the Rose Garden of the White House. He attended Georgetown University and initially worked as a paralegal after settling in San Francisco. Upon retiring from that work, Manges decided to pursue his interest in bartending. Donations in his honor can be made to Maitri Compassionate Care:

    John Tomlins

    A former registered nurse at Stanford Health Care, Tomlins helped to fundraise for AIDS Emergency Fund (AEF) and Positive Resource Center (PRC), among numerous other local organizations. He was memorably featured as Mr. April in the 2016 Bare Chest Calendar. On Sunday, October 14, “Remembering John Tomlins” took place at the SF Eagle. As friend Ray Tilton shared at Facebook, “Many charities benefited from John’s overall community involvement and support, but it is most fitting to donate to PRC.” To make a donation to PRC dedicated in Tomlins’ name or that of another loved one, please go to: