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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

Herbert M. Newman

Herbert M. Newman

August 5, 1922 - April 6, 2006

NEWMAN-Herbert M. Newman, born in Seattle, WA Aug. 5, 1922, passed away April 6, 2006, at home in West Covina, after a brave battle with Parkinson's disease. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy (1943) as both a line & executive officer (navigator) in the Pacific aboard a patrol craft escort; Honorably discharged in 1946, he returned to the University of WA, & received a degree in Ceramic Engineering ('48). He then worked in So. America in construction engineering. In Peru, he met his future wife, Livia, marrying in 1954. They settled in West Covina raising 3 children. For 29 yrs. he worked for Southwestern Portland Cement, as a technical service & sales engineer; & was active in the American Concrete Inst. & Structural Engineer's Assoc. of CA. He used his professional knowledge to help many worthy causes, including the renovation & expansion of his temple, Temple Shalom. He was an active Boy Scout leader & baseball coach for his sons. He enjoyed salt/freshwater fishing, golfing, photography, travel, and being a "do-it-yourselfer". He is survived by his loving wife Livia Newman; sons David (Ellene) & Sam Newman (Judie); daughter Jeannette Velez (Victor); 7 grandchildren: Hallel, Shemarya, Justin, Sarah, Janelle, Sammy Jr. & Andrew; and brother Paul (Lila). He is missed dearly.

Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the Parkinson's Resource Organization 74-090 El Paseo, Suite 104, Palm Desert CA 92260.

Remembering Herbert M. Newman

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David John Gabay

David John Gabay

December 9, 1942 - September 26, 2016

David was born on December 9, 1942 and passed away on September 26, 2016. David was a resident of La Verne, CA.

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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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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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Nancy Gorr

Nancy Gorr

- 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.”

Remembering Nancy Gorr

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Updated: August 16, 2017