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“I was looking thru my stuff yesterday and came across obituaries of Jerry Mims and Raymond Crawford. They don’t get any better than those two does it. The creative energy and eternal optimism of Jerry was infectious. He never had a bad word for anyone and was always willing to help. Raymond, the thing I remember most about him was when he took up art. He exemplified the good heart of the staff at the fort. They bought some of his pieces despite him being the worst artist I have ever seen. He said it wasn’t so much the art U are selling as it is the personality. Is that good or what. I suffered a recent loss. A brother died two weeks ago from the corona at Chester. We go back to the sand box. He was down 50 years. His name is Al Joyner. He was a hell of a gentleman , even when we were kids, a kind and gentle soul. The world is less without him.”

-Harum Fox

“Peace B Unto U, I don’t know how I could think of fallen soldiers and not mention Lonnie Johnson. Lonnie mentored most of the long termers of Graterford. He fell in 1963. He was my old head. There was a poolroom in my neighborhood that was on the circuit. Lonnie used to B in there. He had a stick. We were kids but the owner used to let us run errants. I remember when Lonnie bought this brand new Desoto. It was a 1960. It looked like it was a block long. It was a white convertible with red guts. Every time he would come around we would beg for ride. Sometimes he would oblige. When we were allowed to where civilian clothes in prison we were mostly into jogging suits. Lonnie dressed like he was on set of the movie the”Mack”. He had Jerry curls that hung to his shoulder, high heel celebrity boots, black satin pants and shirt open to the waist with a chain with medallion hanging from his neck, long finger nails and the rap to go with it. Unbelievable! Guess what? He was well read, highly intelligent with a heart of gold.”

-Lonnie Johnson

“My condolences to all who knew Bro. Saleem/ Carl Cooper.  May Allah forgive him of his sins and grant him Paradise as our close and dear friend.  Let’s hold his memory in our hearts forever.”

-Andre Wright

“Commuted PA lifer and my dear friend, Bruce Norris passed away early on 1/31/21 from COVID-19 in a local Norristown, PA hospital.

I have known Bruce since 1989 when we worked together in the industries office and continued to work together when I clerked in the Activities Department. He was truly a good friend and possessed all the good qualities one would seek in a friend. He was a kind, honest and gentle person, always willing to help those in need. He tutored Villanova University students in Latin, sold Girl Scout Cookies for many years and was heavily involved with the Lifers, Inc. prisoner based organization. He was committed to the indoor/outdoor Volleyball Program and rose to League Commissioner. He was always honest, fair and defused heated volleyball games with his wise words and calm demeanor. A true gentleman.

We talked regularly about his plans to move in with his sister in NE Philly. Perry Lighty (Face) his son, had a car, phone and a bicycle for him. Bruce dreamed of a Sunday bicycle ride along the Schuylkill River on boat house row. He was so excited to go on a ride with his children. His smile filled his face in those moments. We planned our ride together, someday.
I looked forward speaking to him everyday which was easy as we lived on the same tier. I feel so bad for his loving family that always fought hard to get him home. He was only the Governor’s signature away from freedom. Society missed out on Bruce’s reentry. He would have shined brightly and given as much love as he received.

Bruce is included in the book, Doing Time by Howard Zehr. We’ll always have that lovely photo, memory and his words.
Be free my friend, you are dearly missed..”

-Stan Rosenthal

“Jerry Mims ( gone for some time now) was a dear friend and colleague who was loved and respected by everyone who knew and worked with him.  His legacy as the most dedicated and hard working Secretary of Lifers Inc. will never be forgotten.  Our memories of him are a blessing.”

-Craig Datesman

My Friend Gary (d. 2/14/19)

This is a tribute to a good man who died much too soon. In life, he did much for whatever community he spent his energy, brainpower, and dogged determination. Gary’s passing was also a big loss to his family, friends, and those that knew him.

We met in1988, when I asked if he would participate in the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanna. He replied, no, only because he filed an appeal and firmly believed he would be home before then. Since that initial meeting Gary dedicated a portion of each day in his struggle for freedom. He maintained the same mindset in every project, program or commitment he made. 

He wore so many hats I will do my best to portray the full extent of his life. First, Gary embraced Judaism, kept the Kosher dietary laws and even prepared these meals for all following this diet. Gary was an active congregant, and admirably served as Jewish Congregation Men’s Club president for over a decade. Gary interfaced with staff and volunteers on a daily basis to be certain our community remained current. This was no easy feat and often a thankless position. Gary was a professional in all interactions.

Gary’s compassion for others led him to volunteer in the Hospice Program. Having witnessed too many once vital men become terminally ill, marginalized, then castaway to the far reaches of the internal hospital or transferred far from home, Gary was determined to bring a better quality of life to these seriously men. Gary spent countless hours over 3 shifts tending to the needs of men no longer strong enough to care for themselves. Gary wrote letters, read letters, helped the guys eat or did whatever was necessary always without complaint. He respected the dignity of each person until the end came. 

Gary earned state certification as a Certified Peer Support, CPS and in hospice care in order to provide his best possible service. 

Gary also volunteered to administer his peer support expertise to the men residing on death row. Gary made certain these men received everything permitted by DOC policy. His hard work and dedication was appreciated and respected by every member of this group. This became widely known as once the men over turned their death sentences and joined us in population they continued to speak highly of Gary’s efforts on their behalf. Gary continued to help them once they entered population.

For the Lifers, Inc. prisoner organization, Gary did many things. One highlight  was his success in obtaining a grant  for this group whose money translated into a documentary advocating for changes in e commutation process. His last project was advocating for a more meaningful medical release law to become enacted. He was motivated by concern for others but ironically needed his own relief through the law as it now exists.

Also for the Lifers, Inc. Gary allocated his time and energy by trying to get our local legislators to pass a parole eligibility law for PA lifers. In Pa, a life sentence is the same as death by incarceration, DBI. Gary understood that after 31 years the pendulum has finally reversed and this may be our golden opportunity to have our plea for mercy to be heard. He channeled this energy to helping all 5500 PA sentenced lifers to be considered for parole. 

To honor Gary’s lifelong dedication of service to others may I humbly request you support one or more of his projects or causes, thus he would still be a force for good if his life was not taken so suddenly.

On a personal note, we shared many of the same passions. Both of us cared about maintaining our religious practice and I too held office in the synagogue. We shared a passion for Philly sports teams especially the Eagles and 76ers. We worked on compassionate release legislative reform, parole for lifers, exercise, yoga, and various programs. I admired his determination to gain his freedom and feel deeply saddened that Gary’s outcome could not have been as we hoped. 

His legacy will live on through a multitude of good acts he performed on a daily basis. Gary’s life had meaning for himself and was a role model to others. I miss my dear friend. Be at Peace!

Stan Rosenthal, AS0828

SCI Phoenix

Passed Lifers at SCI-Graterford -- 1991 - present

Sebastian Acevedo 
Eric Adams
Michael Adams
Alfred Albrecht
Wanzell Alford
Thomas Allen
Nathaniel Alston
Roland Alston
Robert Amoroso
Robert Anderson
Kevin Anderson
Ruben Andujar
Gerald Arbolaez
Lance Arrington
David Ash
Benjamin Bagby
Timothy Baily
Edward Bajkowsky
Sean Baldwin
Francis Ballem
Fred Bandy
William Banks
Steven Barbour
Joseph Barnwell
Ronald Baxter
Leslie Beasley
Robert Bell
Bennett Benson
Jorge Berrie
Jose Berrios
Eugene Bervine
Maurice Bey
Donald Billman
Rufus Black
Ronald Boelter
Shawn Bolden
Robert Bomberger
Thurman Bonner
Michael Borschell
Jerome (Jabar) Boyd
James Brabazon
Frank Bracero
William Bradfield
Sidney Brinkley
FRank Britt
Spencer Broaddus
Effin Broner
Joseph Brooks
Albert Brown
Larry Brown
Victor Bruch
Charles Bryant
Mervin Bullock
John Burgess
Jaime Burgos
Charles Burrus
Andre Burton
Keith Butler
Frank Calhoun
Thomas Campbell
Edward Canady
Ramon Canales
Alexander Cardona
Robert Carrol
Victor Cartegenia
Gregory Carter
Michael Carter
Kenneth Carter
Lexie Carter
Marco Chapelle
Nathan Chatman
William Chavis
John Chernak
Charles Christmann
Fred Cifelli
Miguel cintron
William Clark
James Coates
Henry Cole
Carlos Colon
Mark Conaway
Robert Conroy
Fred Conyers
Barry Cook
Daniel Cook
David Cook
Willard Cooper
Randy Cooper
Eugene Corbin
Joseph Cornelius
Richard Cortez
Douglas Cranny
Raymond Crawford
Abdon Cruz
Raul Cruz
Robert Davis
John Davis
Melvin DeBose
Angel DeJesus
Isaac DeJesus
John Devern
Elias Diaz
Fredrick Dickinson
Ezra Dobson
Walter Dobson
Robert douglas
Dorsey Downing
Albert Drymond
Richard Dunbar
Clinton Dupree
Oneal El-weathers
Carl Epps
Albert Espada
Carrol Eugene Kibler
Frederick Evans
Michael Falcone
Daniel Fell
David Felton
Edward Fields
Maurice Fitzgerald
Efrian Flecha
rockland fleming
David Fletcher
Larry Fluellen
Hubert Forbes
Derrick Frazier
Benjamin Frazier
Mark Frazier
Riley Freeman
Keith Fricker
C. Fruster
Donald Fultz
Kenneth Gainer
Christopher Galasso
Stephen Galloway
John Galus
Jerry Ganter
Mark Garrick
Narberth Gay
Christopher Gilchrist
Gharles Gimble
Sheldon Glasshofer
James Glover
Eddie Glover
Ernest Goldsmith
Ismael Gonzalez
Glen Graham
Glen Grahuz
Derrick Green
Reynard Gregory
Michael Hafner
Donald Hall
Henry Hall
Earl Hall, Jr.
Richard Hammock
Dexter Hampton
Earl Hanson
Eddie Hardison
Ulysses Harris
Christopher Harris
Joseph Harris
George Hashimbey
antonio Helton
Paul Helvey
Patrick Henry
Julio Hernandez
William Higgins
William Higgins
Jeffrey Hill
Ernest Hilton
Anthony Hodges
William Hollowell
Clarence Horn
Larry Horsey
Marcus Howell
Eric Hoye
Edwin Huertes
Eric Huffman
Geronimo Hurtado
Williams Ismail Glover
Douglas Jackson
Joseph jackson
Isaac James
Leon James
William Jamieson
Howard Jamieson
Alfredo Jasper
Linwood Jeffers
Gary Johnson
Bruce Johnson
David Johnson
Richard Johnson
Thomas Johnson
James Johnson
John Jones
Corry Jones
Walter Jones
George Jones
Anthony Jones
Gregory Jones
Gilbert Jones
Jesse Jones
Leroy Jones
Earl Jones
Eughinia Jones
Stuart Kaplan
Charles Kauffman
Andre Keaton
Curtis Kelly
Charles Kelly
Keith Kinard
Robert King
Ed Kishback
Edward Kisner
Harry` Klinger
George Knight
Ronald Knouse
Henry Knox
Gary Kretchmar
Gary Kretchmar
Richard Kroepil
Michael Kropilak
Marvin Landaverry
Herb Langnes
Fred Larry
Jeffrey Lawrence
Harry Lee Whitman
Todd Leighty
Joseph Levin
James Lewis
Jerome Lewis
Joseph Lizinsky
Thomas Lockwood
Charles London
Jack Lopinson
Joe Louis
Edward Lowrie
Raymond Ludwig
Juan Luis Lopez
Johnnie Maddox
William Mahoney
Dana Marcel Greene
Robert Marconi
Allan Marshall
John Martin
Thomas Martin
Howard Martin
Roberto martinez
Ray Martinez
Fred Maxwell
John Mays
floyd mccloud
Raymond McCloud
Larry McCoy
Lester McCray
Richard McGuire
Thomas McIntosh
Courtney McLeod
Gregory McNeal
Daniel McNeil
Thomas Mee
Robert Michael
Redding Michael
Todd Michael Rynard
Carl Miles
Edward Miller
Frank Miller
John Miller
Joseph Miller, Jr.
Jerry Mims
Marcellus Minnik
Fredrick Mitchell
Mario Mitchell
Charles Mobley
Vincent Monachelli
Theodore Montiero
Thomas Moore
Tyrone Moten
Wilbur Moyer
Tyrone Murphy
Michael Murphy
Anthony Murray
Paul Mutch
Victor Mutora
Donald Myers
Trent Myrick
Frank Nardozzi
Angel Negron
Larry Nelson
James Nero
Silverio Noland
John O’Niel
Wilfredo Ortiz
Armando Ortiz
James Pace
Jose Pagan
Henry Pagett
Ronald Paige
Anthony Palladino
Freeman Palmer
Pantelis Pantemis
Lorenzo Parker
Robert Parker
George Parr
P Payne
Mark Pearsall
Curry Perry
Ernest Phillips
Arthur Phillips
Steven Pindar
Kenneth Pinkett
Clifford Pinno
Samuel Piper
Alfredo Pizzo
Withers Ponton
Wallace Porter
Larry Potter
John Price
Morris Price
Darrel Prosser
Trenton Rebert
Robert Riebow
Bruce Riffel
James Rillstone
Miguel Rios
Ivan Rivera
Jose Rivera
Leon Rivers
Lonnie Roberts
Leon Robinson
Lance Robinson
Tyrone Robinson
Keith Robinson
Marvin Robinson
Marvin Robinson
Alfredo Rodriguez
Carlos Rodriguez
Jeffrey Roger Wells
David Romnelli
Jose Rosa
Salvador Rosales
John Ross
Artie Ross
Roberts Royster
Preston Ryan
Geraldo Sanchez
James Sandautah
Tyrone Sanders
Pablo Santiago-Santiago
John Satterwaite
Leon Scaglione
Julius Schulman
Frank Senk
Patrick Sesso
Robert Settles, Jr.
Jonathan Shakoor
Gene Shenk
Alexander Shields
Edward Shimko
Edward Siebor
Daniel Silfies
Samuel Singelton
Rocky Smith
George Smith
William Smith
Randy Smith
Thomas Smith
Al Smith
Kenneth Solt
Albert Sonet
William Sonny Gravely
Leroy Sorrell
Manuel Soto
Bernard Sparrow
William Spencer
Alvin Spering
Charles Stanford
Derrick Starks
Michael Steele
Melvin Steward
Micah Stewart
Phillip Stokes
John Stone
Clarence Stout
Bradley Strohm
James Stukes
Raymond Stull
Dennis Suggs
Jacob Sullivan
Charles Sumler
John Sumpter
Rudolph Sutton
Egbert Swakcerd
Michael Sweetman
Christopher Talbert
James Tarrant
Harvey Telford
Marvin Thomas
Troy Thompson
Thomas Tillinghast
John Toland
Francis Tomlinson
Anthony Torres
Gilberto Torres
George Torres
Stanley Upchurch
Roberto Valdez
Michael Valentine
Robert Vaughn
Jose Velazquez
Alton Wade
Thurman Walker
Marvin Wallace
Thomas Wallington
William Warren
Donald Washington
Brian Washington
Harry Waters
Robert Watson
Anthony Watts
Alonzo Watts
Elmer Weathers
William Webster
Eward Weeks
Arnold Wheeler
Fernando White
Richard Whitehall
James Whitehead
Thomas Whiting
Walter Whiting
Edward Williams
James Williams
Griffith Williams
Mark Williams
Milton Williams
Roy Williams
John Wilson
Fred Wilson
Zachary Wilson
Dean Winters
Leonard Womack
Anthony Woods
John Woodward
Russel Wright
Alexander Yankevich
Kurt Yeager
Augusta Young
Monroe Young