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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


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

Recent Memorial Wall Additions

Donald G. Tober

Donald G. Tober

March 8, 1931 - January 16, 2021

Donald G., beloved husband, admired philanthropist and successful business executive, chose to end his life today after facing the increasingly debilitating effects of Parkinson's disease. He would have been 90 years old in March. Donald was Chairman of Sugar Foods Corporation, whose team he saw as a second family. He served as former Chairman of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, Vice Chairman of the Culinary Institute of America and as a board member of the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association. He was a patron of associations that serve to elevate the quality and appreciation of food and wine, including of the Commanderie de Bordeaux and the Chevaliers du Tastevin and the Culinary Institute of America (where he was Trustee Emeritus). He was a founder and Honorary Board member of the Citymeals-on-Wheels program in New York City. Donald's contributions positively impacted a tremendous range of institutions beyond the food business. He served on the board of the New York Landmarks Conservancy and was honored in 2019 along with his wife Barbara as Living Landmarks. He also served on the board of the Manhattan Institute, the American Austrian Foundation for Medical Scholarship, the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID), the National Dance Institute with Jacques d'Amboise, and was a long-time supporter of Lincoln Center, the Philodoroi and Amati Societies of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), and The Juilliard School, to name only a few. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School, Donald practiced law in New York City before joining Sugar Foods Corporation. In 1973 he married Barbara Maud Starkey. It was not the first marriage for either and proved an unusually happy enduring union for both. A funeral for family only is scheduled. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.  

Remembering Donald G. Tober

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Harry William Fleming

Harry William Fleming

November 7, 1946 - January 6, 2021

Harry Fleming … Husband, Father and Parkinson’s Fight Club Leader, Dies age 74

Harry William Fleming passed away at home on January 6, 2021, with his high school sweetheart and loving wife Carol by his side.  Harry had heart failure, a result of an existing condition, compromised by Parkinson’s and COVID.

Harry was born on November 7, 1946, to Joseph G. Fleming and Mildred Miller Fleming.  An only child, he used to joke… as he was so perfect, there was no need for more siblings.

Homecoming services will be at 2 p.m. today at Galilee Baptist Church, Gadsden, for Mr. Harry William Fleming, who died recently. The Rev. G.W. Robinson Sr., pastor, and the Rev. Hugh Trammell, officiating. West Gadsden Funeral Home directing.

He was united in holy matrimony to Trucilla Beason, and to this union, three sons and one daughter were born. He was a very loving husband and a wonderful father. Harry and Trucilla held this union together for 45 years. He was preceded in death by his father, Charlie Lewis Fleming.

He leaves to cherish his memory, dedicated and loving wife, Trucilla Fleming, Gadsden; mother, Mrs. Thomasina Bessie Fleming; four sons, Calvin (Laura) Fleming, Kalvin (Jaccie) Fleming, Dewayne Fleming, Jermaine Hayes, Atlanta, Ga.; five daughters, Harriett Fleming, Lisa Mosley, Doretha Mosley, all of Gadsden, Consuelo and Chiquita Hayes, Atlanta, Ga.; 31 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four brothers, Charles L. Fleming, William Fleming, Elbert Fleming and Gerome Wynn, all of Gadsden; three sisters-in-law, Ida (Joshua) Sawyer, Willie R. Beason and Cheryl (Charles) Coleman, all of Gadsden; a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives; special friends, Allen Oliver, Kenny Lackey and Mr. Sutton.  

Remembering Harry William Fleming

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Edward P. Beard

Edward P. Beard

January 20, 1940 - January 11, 2021

Congressman Edward P. Beard of Providence, passed away January 11, 2021 at the age of 80.

Known as “Eddie Beard” to fellow Rhode Islanders, born January 20, 1940 in Providence Rhode Island.

“Eddie” attended the Assumption Catholic elementary school in Providence and Hope high school in Providence. He served in the Rhode Island National Guard, completed high school as well as a college-level course in agriculture. He was a life-long devout Catholic. He was also an avid boxer and competed at a semi-pro level. Eddie could be found at the YMCA hitting the heavy bag when he wasn't jogging. He became interested in politics when, by chance, as a child he met Congressman John E. Fogarty. In the early 1960's he obtained a job as a house painter at the Rhode Island School of Design. While employed there he began his campaigning for State Representative. Eddie would be recognized for his iconic paint brush held in the breast pocket of his suit, a symbol of his blue-collar roots, as well as the holes in his dress shoes from walking door to door to hundreds of his soon-to-be constituents. He began his political career as a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives serving from 1972 to 1974. Elected as a democrat to the Ninety-Fourth Congress, he was reelected to the Ninety-Fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses. Eddie Beard served in the U. S. House of Representatives from January 3, 1975, to January 3, 1981, and was Chairman of the Labor Standards Committee and a member on several the House committees including; House Ways and Means, Elderly Affairs, Labor Standards, Education and Labor, Armed Forces, Foreign Affairs and Veterans' Affairs.

Eddie Beard is remembered for his relentless work on behalf of the blue-collar workers of America and the founder of the “Blue-Collar Caucus.” He was well known for his diligence on cracking down on abuse and neglect at nursing homes and institutions of mental health. He was the elderly and aged champion and gained national media attention for his legislation on “Unannounced Inspections.” He proposed several pieces of legislation that supported veterans' benefits throughout his career as a Congressman. He served as director of elderly affairs for the City of Providence, Rhode Island, from 1986 to 2002

He is survived by his son Edward P. Beard Jr, of PA, his daughter Diane Louise Brennan of RI, grandchildren; Destini, Dustin and Michael, his brother John Beard and a niece and nephew.

He is preceded in death by his father Thomas J. Beard and mother Anne “Fitzpatrick” Beard and siblings Anne and Thomas Jr.

Due to COVID restrictions, services will be private for family only.  A Celebration of his life for the citizens of RI who he served will be announced in the future once restrictions are lifted.

Remembering Edward P. Beard

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David Brun

David Brun

July 19, 1958 - January 9, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of David Brun January 9, 2021 at the age of 62 after a long brave battle with Parkinson's disease. David was born July 19, 1958 in Chicago but moved to Clearwater at the age of 10. He always considered himself a Florida native and enjoyed living and playing on the beautiful Gulf Coast. David graduated from Tampa College with a BA in Business Administration and Management. He worked at Eaton Cutler Hammer formerly Westinghouse from 1982 to 1999. He then worked for many years at Thasetronics in Clearwater. David is predeceased by his parents, Eleanor and Harold Brun and his brothers, Hal and Rick. He is survived by and will be sadly missed by the love of his life wife, Trina Brun and his sister, Barbara Brun of Chicago. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Remembering David Brun

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Alan F. Cohn

Alan F. Cohn

March 6, 1932 - September 5, 2007

COHN, M.D., ALAN F. Dr. Alan F. Cohn passed away peacefully at home on September 5, 2007 at the age of 75 with his wife, Bonnie, at his side. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Louise Huff McClure, M.D.; and brother, Bertram Cohn, M.D. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he graduated from Boys' High, Columbia University and the Universite de Geneve Medical School in Switzerland. Interning at Cedars Sinai Hospital, he completed a residency in internal medicine at Harbor General Hospital. At age 55, he completed a fellowship in cardiology at St. Mary's Hospital in Long Beach, CA. Beloved and appreciated by his many patients, Dr. Cohn practiced internal medicine and cardiology in the South Bay for over 40 years and was active on the medical staff at Torrance Memorial Hospital and Little Company of Mary Hospital. A long-time resident of Hermosa Beach, CA, he loved sailing in the Caribbean and New England as well as to Catalina Island. He was well known for his dry sense of humor and wide grin, and after retirement was a familiar sight walking on The Strand. Family and friends were central to his life. His robust health and energy were seriously compromised during the last seven years of his life due to Parkinsons' disease. Dr. Cohn is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie Mercer Cohn; a brother, David Cohn, of Santa Fe, New Mexico; his daughter, Deborah Cohn Hoshide, of Capt. Cook, Hawaii; and his eldest son, Aaron Cohn, M.D., of Harlingen, Texas. He took great pleasure visiting his second son, Joel Cohn, M.D., and daughter-in-law, Karen, of Okemos, Michigan; and Nicholas, Emily and Rachel, his treasured grandchildren. A private cremation and celebration of his life are planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Parkinson's Resource Organization, 74090 El Paseo, Suite, 102, Palm Desert, CA 92260 ( Please go to the mortuary's website, to send the family a message or to share a memory. Rice Mortuary Torrance, CA 310-792-7599

Remembering Alan F. Cohn

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74090 El Paseo #104
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Updated: August 16, 2017