David Betley

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February 25, 1951 – October 7, 1996

Redford resident David Ross Betley grew up in Beverly Hills and graduated in 1969 from Groves High School in Birmingham.  Betley was employed as an assistant manager with Budget Rent-A-Car and, together with his companion Brian Carmody, belonged to the Motor City Organ Society.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 45.

Cruise, October 16, 1996

Danny Lightcap

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April 3, 1962 – October 19, 1989

Daniel Patrick “Danny” Lightcap was born in Pontiac and was active in the drama club at Pontiac Northern High School, where he graduated with the class of 1980.  Lightcap worked a waiter at the Woodward Lounge in Detroit and at the time of his passing was pursuing a B.A. in creative writing at Wayne State.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 27.

Cruise, October 25, 1989

Sandino Ciccarelli

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March 18, 1943 – August 16, 1990

Born in Dearborn and a graduate of Fordson High School, Sandino “Sandy” Ciccarelli established Sandino’s Flowers in Redford with business partner Ron Huddleston in the mid-1960s.  Together with Keith Foster, Ciccarelli opened the Timesquare dance club in downtown Detroit in 1989.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 47.

Cruise. August 22, 1990

Ten Percent, September 1990

Stephen Korzetz

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July 15, 1968 – February 4, 1996

AIDS activist Steven Martin Korzetz graduated from Anderson High School in Southgate.  He went on to earn a Bachelor’s in business from Wayne State University and later worked in the hotel industry in Dearborn.  Given six months to live in 1992, Korzetz left his job and traveled to more than 40 countries.  He became involved in Wellness Networks as well.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 27.

Detroit Free Press, February 7, 1995

Stephen Korzetz Papers at the Bentley Historical Library

William Thompson

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March 27, 1938 – September 21, 1994

Native Detroiter William John Thompson served in the Army, earned a Master’s from Wayne State, taught public school, and worked in advertising.  He was active in multiple organizations, including ASP, MOHR, Dignity, BWMT, and MAPP.  Thompson was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Detroit area Pride Banquet in 1993.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 56.

Between The Lines, November 1994

Cruise, November 9, 1994

Darin Huff

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November 21, 1967 – October 10, 1994

Born in Lincoln Park, Darin Travis Huff graduated with the class of 1986 from John F. Kennedy High School in Taylor and performed with the Taylor Ballet Company.  Huff came out at age 16 and for many years worked as a go-go dancer at the Gold Coast, was active in the Performer’s Awards of Detroit, and was also a Mr. Gas Station titleholder.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 26.

No known obituary

Mark Manhoff

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August 20, 1946 – January 1, 1990

Mark David Manhoff was born in Detroit, where he graduated from Mumford High School.  He attended Eastern Michigan University and later worked as an accountant.  In the late 1980s Manhoff and his life partner Burton Fogelman served on the board of the Motor City Business Forum.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 43.

Detroit Free Press, January 3, 1990

Scott Sweeney

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September 21, 1963 – March 22, 1994

Born in Pontiac, Scott Russell Sweeney of Bloomfield Hills earned his bachelor’s in communications from Michigan State University in 1985 and later pursued studies at the University of London in the UK.  Sweeney enjoyed a rich career as a public affairs manager within the auto industry, overseeing the rollout of the Ford Mustang and the F150 Lightning.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 30.

Detroit Free Press, March 24, 1994

Adrian Travelle Davis

August 18, 1972 – December 19, 1994

Adrian Travelle Davis of Detroit performed at the Peach Bowl with his middle school band and later directed the Murray Wright High School band and the a cappella quartet Gifted.  Davis graduated from Cody High School in 1994 with plans to attend Ferris State University.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 22.

Detroit Free Press, December 22, 1994

Robert Crane

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January 5, 1946 – February 27, 1991

Garden City native Robert Joel Crane graduated from Cody High School in Detroit and earned his B.A. in art education at Eastern Michigan University.  He went on to teach at the elementary level in the Southfield Public Schools.  Crane and his lover James Anderson shared a home in Livonia.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 45.

Cruise, March 13, 1991