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The Memorial Wall

Honoring Those Who Have Gone Before Us

The Parkinson’s Resource Organization Memorial Wall is dedicated as a tribute to those who lost their battle with Parkinson’s disease.

This special way of remembering the loved ones in our Parkinson's community arose from the requests of families and friends asking us to design a place for healing of those who were left behind.

The purpose of the Parkinson’s Resource Organization Memorial Wall is a virtual place to 

- hold the memory of someone who lived with Parkinson’s and/or their family members
- memorialize families who were touched by Parkinson’s
- maintain the memory of others who suffered from the same or similar conditions
- allow family and friends to grieve and heal from the loss of someone they now can only remember
- bring greater awareness of the passing of Parkinson's sufferers than can otherwise be accomplished through print publications
- acknowledge and appreciate those who have made a donation and posted sentiments in memory of someone’s loved one
- provide a place for the living to visit so they can gain solace and understanding around the battle of a loved one with Parkinson’s, or a similar disease
- establish a memorial event honoring the legacy of the decedent and family
- serve as a memorial when the family prefers donations in lieu of flowers or tributes at anniversaries or other significant dates.

If you wish to honor your loved one and share your memories in a public fashion or establish a memorial event, such as a golf tournament, tennis tournament, or special award presentation in the name of the family or decedent, please contact us at info@parkinsonsresource.org

 

Donations made to the Memorial Fund go towards funding Parkinson's Resource Organization activities globally.

Recent Memorial Wall Additions

Dr. Joseph C. Howarth

Dr. Joseph C. Howarth

August 28, 1920 - August 16, 2021

As a young man growing up in England, he knew some hardships and much family love, but he was driven to craft his own best life. First becoming the youngest graduate of his medical school at Manchester University and then in WWII wartime service as a Royal Army Medic, Dr. Howarth went on to develop his practice as a nationally-known Neurosurgeon in the United States. He again chose to serve, this time in the U S Air Force, rising to the rank of Colonel as a medical officer prior to relocating to help patients at the Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara. Teaming up with his wife, Peggy, a RN, Dr. Howarth also provided care and support to those most in need internationally through Doctors Without Borders, before retiring at the age of 75.

His passion for travel and adventure took him all around the world, and this year alone he zestfully enjoyed resorts in Anza Borrego, Scottsdale, and Temecula. Art, music, and literature were equally important interests alongside science and research, and his familiar advice of doing it right the first time was always supported with loving forgiveness and guidance.

Dr J. C. Howarth would no doubt recognize his most important contribution as the leader of our family: wife Peggy Hughes Howarth, daughters Barbara Howarth Hancey, Jayne Howarth, Emily Howarth, Jennifer Howarth, and sons Joseph C. Howarth, Jr. and John Howarth along with five grandchildren and extended family in Canada. His fierce spirit, sharp wit, brilliant mind, and true love for life will be missed wholeheartedly.

 

DR. JOSEPH C. HOWARTH CELEBRATES HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY

Remembering Dr. Joseph C. Howarth

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Myron Thielman

Myron Thielman

January 2, 1940 - July 15, 2021

Myron Thielman, of Palm Desert, CA, passed away July 15th following a struggle with Parkinson's. He was born 80 years ago in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Myron leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Mary Sue (Hall) Thielman, his son, Mike, daughter-in-law Laura, and granddaughters Natalie and Jackie of Laguna Niguel, CA, and his daughter Sarah, son-in-law Chris Flanagan, and grandsons Aidan and Brendan of Dallas, TX.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Evelyn and Norbert Thielman, and 4 brothers, Norbert, LeRoy, John, and Louis. Surviving siblings include Marcy, Daniel, Leo, and David.

He was a graduate of Cathedral High School, St. John's University, and St. Louis University. He was an English teacher, a school counselor, and eventually, Myron moved into administration and served as principal in the Palm Springs Unified School District from 1979 to 2000. Throughout his professional career spanning decades and multiple states, he guided young people to make good choices in life. Locally, he was principal at Nelly Coffman, Della Lindley, and St. Theresa's. His life's work impacted many students, teachers, and friends. He was respected, well-loved, and will be greatly missed.

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Emilio Campos Jr

Emilio Campos Jr

October 10, 1945 - September 7, 2021

Emilio Campos Jr., 75, of Bradenton, Florida died September 7th, 2021, after a hard-fought war with a thief known as Parkinson's disease. His 20-year battle ended on a Tuesday afternoon, when the man known as Emil surrendered, peacefully and painlessly, to the will of his body—a betrayer and longtime co-conspirator of the thief.

Emilio was born October 10th, 1945, to Emilio Campos Sr. and Mary Campos in Sharon, Pennsylvania, and was big brother to four younger siblings. Born into a proud line of Spaniards who were deeply passionate about food and family, it should come as no surprise that the majority of Emilio's youth and adult life were spent walking (dare we say strutting?) the halls of restaurants. He could be washing dishes, scrubbing potatoes, filling maraschino cherries at the bar, manning the door, cooking, plating, putting out fires (both literal and metaphorical), or enjoying playful banter with guests. Whatever the task at hand, here was a man who poured himself fully into every aspect of what we mortals might call the dining experience. He was proud and relentless in his pursuit of greatness in the field, culminating in his crowning professional achievement: the Cité Grille. Alongside his partner and wife of nearly 28 years, Pamela Campos, Emilio fed the emotional, intellectual and physical appetites of many at what grew to be the epicurean heartbeat of Canton, Ohio for 15 years (1991 to 2006). Emilio—while dad to two, Jason and Mercedes—was a father to many. A lifelong sounding board to all who needed consult, direction, empathy, mentorship, love or strength. During his long tenure in the restaurant business, hundreds of people worked with him, and he impacted them all. Emilio is not a forgettable man. He had this uncanny ability to see clearly into the hearts of others and encouraged all to be their best and live their truth, sometimes yielding lifelong friendships gained, or less often, friendships lost. It is said that you can't make an omelet without cracking a few eggs, and if you knew and loved the man, it's likely that you've been on the receiving end of a swift, well-deserved "crack," or one hell of a life-changing omelet. More than likely, you were lucky enough to experience both.

His kids remember fondly the road trips, adventures and great meals they shared as a family. Where Harry Chapin, Neil Diamond and Louis Armstrong seemed to play on repeat. Where the extraordinary nature of God's creation in Yosemite brought tears to a grown man's eyes. Where often strangers became his friends, whether a homeless man seeking help, a server who got a tip they didn't know they needed, or two elderly women out for a girls' night delighted in the admiration and respect of a longtime feminist. Where a Goofy character at Disney World made a man laugh harder than we thought possible. Where dinner time was not just a meal, but an opportunity to teach a lesson, whether the proper handshake, the power of looking someone in the eye, or how to tie a cherry stem in a knot with your tongue (a lesson we've still yet to master). The same man, who could stare awestruck at a breathtaking valley, would find equal emotional timbre at a piece of silverware not polished properly. He was equal parts heart, ambition, curiosity and critic. Ever seeking perfection in all that he did. And perhaps the last man who could buy a cocktail for a female stranger at the end of the bar, without getting a face full of Cosmo.

Emilio, a proud Marine Veteran, is predeceased by his brother, José Campos. He is survived by his loving wife Pamela; his children Jason Campos and Mercedes Hashimura; his son-in-law Taro Hashimura; his son's partner Becky Nissel; his granddaughter Indigo Hashimura; his three sisters Cynthia Tellier (Tom), Maryann Svarckopf (George) and April Stein; and a motley crew of family, friends, collaborators, co-conspirators, and let's be honest… a worthy nemesis or two.

'Done Too Soon' by Neil Diamond was a favorite of Emilio's. Never were three words more apt. Done too soon, Emilio will be missed every single day. He rests now a dignified man.

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Franklin Griffith Drake

Franklin Griffith Drake

March 22, 1928 - September 13, 2021

Beloved husband of Harriet Bouvy Drake, loving father of Amy Drake Reeves (Tom), Matthew Bouvy Drake (Amanda) and Andrea Eve Hull (David) and proud grandfather of six grandchildren, McKenzie Marie Brooks (Hunter), Jason Andrew Hull, Ryan Drake Hull, Samuel Tavin Hull, Tyler Julia Drake and Jaime Mandeville Drake. Franklin celebrated living in the Pacific Northwest and sharing time together with his friends and family in homes on the Oregon coast, first in Cannon Beach and later in Gearhart. When his children were young, he enjoyed many winter weekends at the mountain cabin he built with his father and brothers in Government Camp, Ore.


Franklin attended Lincoln High School, graduating from Menlo Junior College and the University of Michigan (Engineering) in 1950. After his father passed away Franklin returned to Portland and joined his brothers Donald G. and Mitchell G. Drake to run their father's construction company. Much of his business experience involved working in the outdoors. From 1960-1995 he was President and CEO of Donald M. Drake Company, one of the Northwest's largest construction firms with numerous construction projects in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, and Michigan. More noteworthy projects in Portland included the Benjamin Franklin Building, the KOIN Tower, Lloyd Center, Portland Towers, the Stadium Freeway, Vista Ridge Tunnels, the East and West approaches to the Fremont Bridge, the Rose Garden Arena (now Moda Center) and in the San Francisco Oakland Bay Area, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) underground stations on Montgomery and 19th Streets and aerial links between El Cerrito and Richmond.


In 1966, Franklin and his brothers Donald and Mitchell entered a competitive bid with the US Forest Service for the proposed development of Mt. Hood Meadows, on the southeast face of Mt. Hood. His investment group won the award from the US Forest Service and Franklin remained CEO developing and managing the ski resort until turning it over to his son Matthew, upon his retirement in 2006. Preferring to keep a low profile, Franklin enjoyed working with a team of highly experienced professionals and always attributed much of his companies' successes to them. He viewed these team members as extensions of his own family.
His sense of community and business skills resulted in multiple years, serving on several Boards, including the Board of Directors of US Bancorp and its predecessor, US National Bank, Portland General Electric, and the Portland Chamber of Commerce. He was also a United Fund Group Leader and Urban Land Institute Council Executive Member. Additionally, Franklin served as Trustee of the Oregon State District Council of Laborers Pension Fund and was elected President of the Multnomah Athletic Club in 1963. Franklin challenged himself and inspired others to share his sense of adventure and his drive to succeed. Today, Franklin's legacy lives on in his children and grandchildren, as well as in the memories of those who loved him and those who worked alongside him to build many of Oregon's lasting landmarks.


The Drake family would like to express their everlasting gratitude for the compassionate and loving care given to Franklin by several Caregivers, including his youngest daughter and especially Khaden Jee, Tonya Worth, Grace Caraan and Rachel Stanton who allowed Franklin's zeal for life to continue until his last breath.

In response to the COVID 19 Pandemic, a small private funeral will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.
For more information, please contact River View Cemetery Funeral Home. A grand celebration of life will be held at a future TBD date. Thank you for your understanding.

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Charlotte Maria Offlow Johnson Wahl

Charlotte Maria Offlow Johnson Wahl

May 29, 1942 - September 13, 2021

Charlotte Johnson Wahl was the mother of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the former MP Jo Johnson, the journalist Rachel Johnson, and the entrepreneur Leo Johnson. She and Stanley Johnson divorced in 1979. Johnson Wahl then married American professor Nicholas Wahl in 1988 but was widowed in 1996. She was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at the age of 40.

In 2015, the Evening Standard referred to Johnson Wahl as "Left-wing", with her daughter Rachel stating that her father Stanley "tends to marry socialists." Rachel noted that her mother was "the only red in the village when we lived on Exmoor".

During Boris Johnson's speech at the Conservative Party conference in October 2019, he disclosed that his mother voted for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum.

Wahl died at the age of 79 on 13 September 2021 at a hospital in London, according to her family.

The mother of the Prime Minister was a respected artist who had met Mr. Johnson's father when she was 18, but the couple later divorced in 1979.

She was the first female undergraduate to study at Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford.

Mr. Johnson had previously described his mother as the "supreme authority" in his family.

She had married Stanley Johnson in 1963 and the couple went on to have four children together: Boris, Rachel, a journalist, Jo, a former Tory MP, and Leo, a filmmaker, and businessman.

She married Nicholas Wahl in 1988 but was widowed eight years later.

At the age of 40, Mrs. Johnson Wahl was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and campaigned in favor of Parkinson's nurses.

In 2008, she told the Telegraph: "I try to paint every day if I possibly can, though I have to go to the hospital a lot.

"I still manage to paint, though my arm will suddenly do a movement which is completely unintentional, and that almost brings me to tears."

Her exact cause of death has not been revealed by the family.

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Updated: August 16, 2017