Many of you have already heard about the sudden passing of Milestone writer Robert Washington. Below, an urgent message from Craig Hicks, who was Robert’s schoolmate, as was the Maestro himself. Please read it and give generously to Hero Initiative in Robert’s memory.
I went to school with Robert Washington in the Detroit area from 5th to 8th grade. Like many of Robert’s school friends, and sadly, his family, I had not been in touch with him for many years. But when I heard about his death and learned more about his financial and family situation, I immediately became concerned that his remains might end up on Hart Island. The island is New York City’s location for indigent burials. The dead here are buried in pine coffins, stacked in unmarked trenches, by Riker’s Island inmates. There are no services or ceremonies.
A small group of Robert’s former classmates and colleagues have joined forces to ensure this doesn’t happen. We’ve been in touch with the city medical examiner’s office and after some serious sleuthing made contact with one of his relatives. And we’ve started raising funds to pay for a modest funeral.
If you knew Robert, were a fan of his work or just are interested in lending a hand, here’s how you can help.The Hero Initiative — a not-for-profit, 503(c) charitable organization that helps comic book creators in need — has agreed to act as our vehicle for contributing to Robert’s funeral arrangements.
The money we contribute goes to the Hero Initiative, but can be directed toward specific purposes, in this case Robert’s funeral. Any money over and above the cost of the funeral will be applied in Robert’s name toward helping other comic book creators make ends meet.
To donate, go to the Hero Initiative home page and click the yellow “Donate” button at the top right. This will take you to PayPal, where you can login and make your contribution.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you click the button that says “add special instructions to seller” and type “Robert Washington” before you submit your donation.
Whether you contribute or not, thanks for taking time to read about our effort to honor Robert.