The Philadelphia Tribune looks back at some of the deaths this year of notable people who made strides in art, business, community activism, education, entertainment, governmental agencies, religion and sports.
Here’s a roll call of some notable people who died in 2019:
Thomas Anderson Jr., 83, was the former associate vice president for community relations, Temple University. He died on Oct. 21, 2019.
Alfoncie Austin, 94, was a pioneer of vegan cuisine in Philadelphia. She died on July 23, 2019.
Chris Cotton, 32, was a Philadelphia comedian who hosted programs on Comedy Central. He died on Dec. 11, 2019.
Dustin V. Felder, 39, was a renowned acting coach and entrepreneur. He died on Oct. 4, 2019.
Bishop Andrew J. Ford II, 66, was the senior pastor of Ford Memorial Temple, Inc. He died on July 19, 2019.
Bernard J. Thornton, 87, was an accomplished artist. He died on Jan. 5, 2019.
Audrey Johnson-Thornton, 93, was the president emeritus of the Belmont Mansion and founder of the American Women’s Heritage Society. She died on April 8, 2019.
Lydia Pelzer Kirkland, 93, was the owner of Lydia Pelzer-Kirkland Funeral Home, Inc.. She died on July 28, 2019.
Murvin Lackey, 77, was the former chair of Philabundance. He died on June 26, 2019.
Arthur Lewis, 89, was the first African American deputy interim director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. He died on Aug. 18, 2019.
Ronald C. Lewis, 84, was the first African- American chief of the Richmond Fire Department. He died on Feb. 23, 2019.
Bishop James McNeal, 80, was nationally known as “The Godfather of Fellowship.” He died on Sept. 10, 2019.
Willie “The Worm” Monroe, 73, was a Philadelphia boxing legend. He died on June 22, 2019.
William B. Richardson Sr., 81, was the former owner of the Rose Flower Shop. He died on Oct. 12, 2019.