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Fredy Gonzalez

Fredy Gonzalez

October 12, 1956 - September 3, 2020

My father leaves behind his wife Maria Gracia Gonzalez and his daughter Jessica Gonzalez.  My father was a Master electrician and he enjoyed teaching math to his coworkers and myself to get my bachelor's degree from UH.  He will be deeply missed, he was a great role model and he will no longer suffer from the deteriorating disease known as Parkinson's. He is now resting in peace and rejoicing with the angels.  God bless his soul, he was an honorable father.

Service: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

J Leal Funeral Home
11123 Katy Fwy
Houston, TX 77079

Time: 9 am to 12 pm

Mass: St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church 09/09/20

Time: 2 pm

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Parkinson's Resource Organization.

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Terry Daniels

Terry Daniels

May 11, 1946 - September 1, 2020

Daniels was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, a product of his years as a boxer, in the early ’90s.

An undated archive promo photo of Terry Daniels vs Joe Frazier fight.

Terry Daniels, an SMU student who took up boxing on the side, ultimately fighting Joe Frazier for the world heavyweight title in New Orleans the night before the Cowboys won their first Super Bowl at Tulane Stadium in 1972, died last week at 74 after a long illness.

Daniels was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, a product of his years as a boxer, in the early ’90s. He’d lived in Willoughby, Ohio, since 2004, when one of his brothers moved him from Houston back to his hometown.

Daniels, an honor student in high school who played football and baseball at SMU before a knee injury ended those athletic pursuits, started boxing at Dallas' Pike Park Gym to stay in shape. He won three city championships and a state title before turning pro in 1969.

He’d compiled a modest record of 28-4-1 and was ranked ninth in the world when his promoter, Doug Lord of Dallas, finagled a shot at the title. Lord sold Frazier’s management team on a couple of marketing concepts.

“I told them I’ve got a white kid from Dallas,” Lord told The Dallas Morning News in 2004, "and he’s friends with the Dallas Cowboys, and everybody knows they’re going to the Super Bowl.

“And they bought it.”

Muhammad Ali, who’d lost the heavyweight title to Frazier 10 months earlier, did his best to help the hype.

“Outside of me,” the former champ said, motioning toward Daniels, “he’s the prettiest boxer around.”

More than 20 pounds lighter than Frazier, Daniels was also the biggest underdog in a heavyweight fight in 15 years. Frazier knocked him down three times before the referee stopped the fight in the fourth.

Daniels later said he felt like shaking the referee’s hand. He’d never faced anyone as imposing as Frazier.

“I hit him a couple times,” Daniels told The News in 2004. "Hit him pretty good, and he just stood there, lookin' at me like nothin' happened.

“It was pretty scary.”

Just the same, Daniels was smitten with his newfound fame. The day after the big fight, he sat at midfield to watch the Cowboys beat the Dolphins, 24-3. He lost four more fights that year before graduating from SMU in December with a degree in political science.

Lord advised him to quit, telling him he’d never get another big payday. He was smart and came from a wealthy family. But Daniels liked boxing, even when he lost. He retired in 1981 with a record of 35-30-1.

He subsequently became partners with his former trainer in a court-reporting business and moved to Houston. He married and divorced twice before the Parkinson’s diagnosis.

He outlived the prognosis of one doctor who told him he’d be dead before he was 60, but he knew it was only a matter of time. Not that it seemed to bother him much. Daniels, who leaves three sons and eight grandchildren, had no regrets.

“I’d do it again,” he said in 2004. "You can find lots of boxers that didn’t get hurt. I’m glad I did it.

“It was a wild ride.”

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Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver

November 17, 1944 - August 31, 2020

Tom Seaver was the legendary Hall of Fame pitcher who won 3 Cy Young Awards and led the 1969 “Miracle Mets” to a World Series championship win.  Died at the age of 75 from Lewy body dementia and complications of Covid-19. “Terrific” Tom Seaver made the Mets as a starting pitcher in 1967 and won 16 games and the National League Rookie of the Year award. In 1969, he helped lead the underdog “Miracle Mets” to a World Series win over the Baltimore Orioles. Seaver pitched a 10-inning complete-game win in game 4 of the series. After a dispute in contract negotiations before the 1977 season, Seaver was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in a trade called the “Midnight Massacre.” He returned to the Mets in a trade for the 1983 season and then pitched for the White Sox from 1984 until the middle of 1986, finishing the season and his career that year with the Red Sox. Seaver won three Cy Young Awards, won 311 games, and had 3,640 strikeouts. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992 with almost a 100 percent yes vote.  

On finally pitching a no-hitter in 1978 while with the Reds; “A no-hitter is momentary,” he said afterward. “You enjoy the moment. But nothing can ever compare to winning a World Series.” – New York Daily News

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Uli Stein

Uli Stein

December 26, 1946 - August 28, 2020

One of Germany's most famous cartoonist, whose career spanned 40 years, has died unexpectedly. The artist was known worldwide for his drawings of animals and people with huge noses as well as his cheeky humor.

The cartoonist, famous for his animal and human characters with big, bulbous noses, had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, but his death was considered sudden, according to Seifert.   

He was buried according to his wishes at a ceremony attended by his closest friends, Katja Seifert, head of the Uli Stein Foundation for Animals in Need, said.

Born on December 26, 1946, in Hanover, Stein left to pursue his studies in Berlin and worked as a freelance photographer and a copywriter for local newspapers. 

He then dropped out of his studies to become a full-time journalist. Since the late 1970s, Stein devoted the rest of his career to drawing.

His drawing style typically featured bulgy-eyed and bulbous-nosed animal and human characters including cats, dogs, mice, and penguins.

Stein published his first postcards in 1982, followed by his first books in 1984.

Over his 40-year long career, his works featured in more than 13 million books and almost 200 million postcards across Europe, where he became known for his cheeky sense of humor. 

"I want to give people some fun, entertain them and give them nice moments in bad times or in good times," Stein said in an interview in 2009.

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Alexander Zale

Alexander Zale

March 18, 1931 - August 28, 2020

On August 28, Alexander Zale, an actor who had a long and illustrious career on New York, European, and regional stages, as well as roles in several iconic movies and TV shows, died peacefully at home in Los Angeles of complications from Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Jennifer Donohue Zakkai, his brother Victor Zakkay, as well as several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews with whom he remained very close throughout his life.

Alex Zale was born Jamil Zakkai in Baghdad, Iraq on March 18, 1931, into a Jewish family. Shortly after a pogrom in 1941, during which hundreds of Jews were slaughtered, he and his entire family fled to Bombay (now Mumbai), India. He emigrated to the United States at age 18 and graduated from Hofstra University. He served in the U.S. Navy, before making his way as an actor in New York City.

Jamil, as he was still called, soon found great success on the New York stage. He appeared in The Connection with The Living Theatre, and joined the company on a European tour. He stayed in Italy to work with Vittorio Gassman's company, Teatro Popolare Italiano, traveling with it to the Aldwych Theatre in London.

Back in New York, he triumphed in the title role of Agamemnon at Lincoln Center, following it with another title role in La Mama's production of Faust, about which the New York Times wrote: "Jamil Zakkai, last summer's 'Agamemnon,' in Central Park, retains his grandeur as Faust. In his haunted eyes, we can sense the man's dilemma-the amazement and curiosity with which he greets Mephistopheles's machinations, the guilt that he feels when he is forced to kill his love's brother." Other theater projects in New York included Andrei Serban's Medea at La Mama and The Public Theater's productions of The Golem, The Dybbuk, and Henry V opposite Kevin Kline.

To pursue work in Los Angeles, he changed his name to Alexander Zale. He was featured in several popular TV shows, including Cagney & Lacy, The Incredible Hulk, Matlock, Tracey Takes On, NYPD Blue, and 24. Films include Francis starring Jessica Lange, Invasion U.S.A. opposite Chuck Norris, Mike Nichols' Postcards From The Edge starring Meryl Streep, Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls, and Robin Swicord's Wakefield with Bryan Cranston.

Regional theaters in which he worked include the Baltimore Center Stage, Seattle RepSouth Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA, and, in Los Angeles, Pacific Resident Theater, as well as the Mark Taper Forum, where he appeared in The Cherry Orchard with Annette BeningAlfred Molina, and Sarah Paulson.  

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Jerry Petitt

Jerry Petitt

March 21, 1953 - August 26, 2020

Gerard “Jerry” Petitt, a life-long resident of Long Beach, CA passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Jerry was born at the 32nd Street Naval Base in San Diego, CA. He was born on March 21, 1953 to Jack and Gloria Petitt. He attended school at Carver, St. Cornelius, St. Anthony's and graduated from Millikan High School in 1971.

Most of Jerry's professional life was spent as the owner and operator of a small business called Petitt’s Plumbing. He was adored by many of his customers and often offered services free of charge because of his big heart. He ran the business for 25 years until he was forced into an early retirement after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

Jerry was an amazing athlete. He competed on the US surfing team and raced motorcycles (even appearing in the original film “Gone In 60 Seconds”). He covered miles and miles of Long Beach on his skateboard and even once rode down Signal Hill backward on a bike! He played softball and racquetball for many years and was a hobby enthusiast. He enjoyed betting on horses at the Los Alamitos racetrack where he took his wife, Paula, on their first date. He married Paula in February of 1991 and became a step-father to Emily and Elizabeth.

Jerry loved animals, the desert, music, the ocean, 7Eleven coffee, and his family. Jerry was a good listener and was kind to all. There will never be another Jerry Petitt. We will miss him so very, very much.

Jerry is survived and adored by his wife Paula of 29 years, his children Emily (Kevin) Roden and Elizabeth (David) Barnard, his seven grand-children - Rosie, Luke, Abigail, Frank, Pearl, James Dixon, and Benjamin, and his sister Dianne Petitt (Lesley McBride), and his brother Jack (Debi) Petitt.

A service will be held to celebrate Jerry's life at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Details will be forthcoming.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jerry’s name to Parkinson’s Resource at

Luyben Dilday Mortuary (562) 425-6401

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Nancy Gorr

Nancy Gorr

April 25, 1934 - August 22, 2020

Nancy Gorr left her mark on the town of Peterborough, making history as the first female president of the Rotary, and a long-time leader of the Chamber of Commerce and the Parent Guidance Center.

Gorr, 86, a resident of Summerhill Assisted Living, passed away Aug. 22 after a period of failing health related to her ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Gorr was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and came by her civic-mindedness, helping her father tend the family “victory garden.”

She and her husband, Arthur Gorr, raised four children together. When her children chose to attend colleges in New England, Gorr began to look for a home in the area. When she walked into what would become her Pine Street home for the first time, she knew immediately it was the right fit.

“She turned to the real estate agent and said, ‘This is it. This is the house,’” her daughter, Ellen Gorr of Harrisville said. And from that moment, Gorr was all in as a member of the Peterborough community.

Though a transplant who landed in Peterborough in 1982, the Pennsylvania native lost no time in putting her civic-mindedness to work in her new hometown.

“She was always on a committee,” said Ellen. “If you were out in public with her, she knew everybody in town.”

Gorr jumped in with both feet into several town committees and charitable boards, as well as joining the Rotary Club, where she would eventually become the club’s first woman president.

In 1986, she became the Executive Director of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, a post she held for nearly 10 years. In 1995, she was recognized as Peterborough’s Citizen of the Year for her work at the Chamber. But her “retirement” wasn’t to last. The next year, she became the executive director of the Parent Guidance Center, the organization that would eventually become The River Center. She held that position for another five years.

But she wasn’t only involved with civic and charitable endeavors. Gorr was a fixture in Peterborough, and could often be found at the Peterborough Diner or Nonie’s, singing with the Monadnock Chorus, among the audience at the Summer Lyceum series, or volunteering at the Union Congregational Church.

And she always had time for the people in her life.

Her grandson, Seth Blake, and his mother lived with Gorr for most of his childhood, he said in an interview Friday. And though his grandmother was always busy with one thing or another, she always had time for a conversation.

“She drove me to school, picked me up – she always had time for me, which was amazing,” Blake said. “As a little kid, you don’t think so much about it, but in retrospect, knowing how busy and active she was, it’s remarkable.”

Gorr had a personality that made it easy to open up to her.

“She was very warm, and very much made people feel comfortable,” Blake said. “She had a gentle sense of humor. She was very jovial and quick to laugh.”

“She was very accepting of all people,” said Ellen Gorr. “She really liked meeting people and building relationships.”

Gorr was a strong believer in supporting the local economy, and would eat out multiple times a week, with several “favorite” spots.

“People should know – if there was any doubt – that she was who she appeared to be, which was just an incredibly passionate and compassionate person,” Blake said. “She loved this town, was uncynical in her civic life and causes. She’s the kind of person who devoted herself to making life, and society, in her own small way, better for everybody. She had a devotion to service and volunteerism, and trying to leave the world a better place than she found it.”

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Trinidad "Trini" López III

Trinidad "Trini" López III

May 15, 1937 - August 11, 2020

Parkinson’s Resource Organization lost a friend. The world lost a legend, a philanthropist, an enormous talent of which we will be hard-pressed to find again. He was an honorary Board member of Parkinson's Resource Organization since 2005, he was Jo Rosen’s winning dance partner in Dancing With Our Stars in 2006, he created, donated, and performed the concert at PRO's 20th-Anniversary Gala 10 years ago. He appeared at each of our three Mitch's Pitches PRO events at Mitch's on El Paseo- took pictures with our guests and signed autographs, he came to the Don Cavanaugh day at the Blue Coyote Grill Palm Springs to remember Don Cavanaugh who died of Parkinson's. We are forever touched by his graciousness and generosity of self. To his family, personal and extended, we send our deepest condolences.

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Reyn Parke

Reyn Parke

July 8, 1931 - July 19, 2020

On Sunday July 19th our community lost one of its finest citizens. Samuel Reynolds Parke III passed away peacefully due to complications from Parkinsons disease. He was the son of Samuel Reynolds Parke and Elizabeth Lauck and a brother to Ned, and sisters Kay, Pollyanne, and Elizabeth. In his early years, he attended Lawrenceville School where he excelled in Varsity football, basketball and baseball and earned the nickname, ""Herky"" for his Herculean talents on the sports fields. But it was his intellect that allowed him to attend Princeton University where he graduated in 1953. Next for Reyn was the US Navy where he spent three years aboard the USS destroyer Manuel as a lieutenant. It was during that time that his desire and passion for travel took hold. Upon being discharged, he spent the summer traveling throughout Europe on a motor scooter before heading back to the states to attend Wharton School of Business, graduating in 1958. He had sales jobs at high profile advertising firms like McCann Erickson, Doyle, Dane, Bernbach, and ABC television which led to a position of Vice President of Specials at the network. The fast paced New York lifestyle fulfilled him until 1970 when he moved to Los Angeles to work as an agent with Creative Management Associates.

While living at the Marina City Club where he was an avid tennis player, he met the love of his life, Patty. They married and relocated to Manhattan Beach where they raised their daughter Shannon. In the mid 1970's, Reyn re-invented himself at Shorewood Realtors where he became one of the top performing and well respected agents in the South Bay. For close to 40 years, Reyn was a giant in the industry and a tireless advocate for community causes. He was respected and looked up to by so many for his legendary work ethic, professionalism, integrity, and unconditional selflessness. He was a competitor and a mentor, an adversary and advisor, a trend setter and a traditionalist, but most of all, Reyn was a friend.

Patty and Reyn continued their travels throughout the world, and eventually split time between Manhattan Beach and La Quinta. Reyn loved fine wines, classical music, reading, collecting history books, the Lakers, walking on the Strand, excellent dinners and conversations with friends, successfully closed escrows, and continually mastering the art of learning.
Reyn is survived by those he loved the most, his wife Patty, his daughter Shannon Shelton, his son-in-law Jeremy Shelton, his grandchildren Parker and Kendall, his brother-in-law Peter Smith and his wife Patti and his many nieces and nephews. His radiant smile will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

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Sandra Weiner "Elena" Hoffman

Sandra Weiner "Elena" Hoffman

August 30, 1935 - July 10, 2020

On July 10, 2020, Sandra "Elena" Weiner Hoffman said goodbye to her loved ones and to Parkinson's. She is survived by her three loving daughters, Kimberly Hoffman, Debra Hoffman and Diana Hoffman-Richmond, as well as by her adored grandson, Ethan Finn Hoffman-Mithra, and her sons-in-law, Greg Richmond and Eric Bergel. She was born to Dorothy Harris Weiner and Morris Weiner and grew up with her brother Burt in Minneapolis before eventually settling in Los Angeles. She is forever in our hearts.

Published in Los Angeles Times from Jul. 12 to Jul. 20, 2020.

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