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The Passing of Woody Baldwin

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It is with a heavy heart that I relay the news of the passing of our founder, Woody Baldwin. Woody passed away quietly on the evening of Thursday, April 21 in Austin, Texas. He had been in declining health for some months. He had recently celebrated his 96th birthday.

We ask that members come forward with stories and remembrances of Woody. Please click here to share your own experiences with this extraordinary man. If you wish to provide a photo, please send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Woody was not only our founder; he was our leader; he was our teacher; he was our mentor and without him this wonderful organization would have never come about. He took a giant step in 1987 when he created Prime Timers in Boston. It was at a time when the senior gay male population was mostly ignored by society. He made a place and a reason for us to come together. Our handshake logo stands as visual evidence of how we join with one another in coming together in camaraderie and friendship and support and respect.

Woody's partner of 37 years, Sean O'Neill, preceded Woody in death on August 24, 2003. Our friends in Woody's home chapter of Austin, Texas, tell us that Woody did not want a memorial service but, instead, a celebration of his life. This will be held in early June in Austin and we will inform you of the details when they become available.


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