Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries

Hip-Hop minister Joel Stigale dies after lung transplant

Plantation-born Joel Stigale used his passion for hip-hop culture to reach at-risk youth through his founding of Catalyst Hip-Hop, a Miami Youth for Christ program, currently based in Miami Springs. The program applies Christian doctrine and outreach to youths through rap and breakdance and graffiti art performances and competitions.

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Educator, Coconut Grove community leader David White dies at 85

David Alphonso White was a teacher, counselor and principal with Miami-Dade Public Schools for 35 years and, honoring his Bahamian parents who settled in Coconut Grove, the lifelong Grove native developed programs in the community for children and adults, including director of the Coconut Grove Food Pantry and president of the Miami Goombay Festival.

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Miami adman who gave birth to the ‘Coppertone Cutie’ dies at 91

Bernie “Tommy” Thompson, an art director at Coral Gables ad agency Tally Embry in the 1950s, sketched an image of his 2-year-old daughter and the family dog. The drawing would be developed into the famed Coppertone sign that featured a young girl with bared botton, her frisky dog and tell-tale tan lines. The “Coppertone Cutie” sign has been a fixture in Miami since 1959 and the source of much debate.

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One of Miami’s first Hispanic heart transplant recipients dies at 69

Twenty-five years ago, Myriam Correa-Sherman received a donor’s heart at Miami’s Jackson Hospital. The gift of life made her a passionate advocate for organ donating. She traveled the nation to spread her message in English and Spanish that giving is life-affirming. “There is nothing more precious than the gift of life.” She died of cancer on Aug. 7 in Aventura.

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Special education teacher Debra Gaudet dies of ALS at 59

Debra Gaudet was a special education teacher for more than 35 years. She worked with developmentally disabled adults at The Log Cabin Nursery in Miami Beach and with disabled children at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in North Miami. After being diagnosed with ALS in 2012 she vowed to fight to the end. “Be excellent to each other,” a line from an ’80s comedy film, became her message.

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