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I was saddened the other day when one of the local listservs had a posting about the spelling of Calle Stirling Dickinson without any mention that that street was named after a man whom the city administration was so very much indebted to that, for the first and only time, a San Miguel street was named after a gringo. Were it not for Stirling, 99% (or even more) of us would most probably not live here today. A fuller tribute to, and a marvelous article about, Stirling and who and what he was can be found at personalities in an article written by Mary Elmendorf.
The above was sufficient reason but it became coupled with a more recent passing of the irreplaceable Elena Shoemaker (who among so many other contributions, often corrected the misspelling of Stirling's name), suggests the need for (at very least) a listing of "those who came before us". For reasons I no longer remember, I started such a list many years ago (there are at least 154 people that I knew here in town who are no longer alive) and you may see this memorial list below (and learn how -at the bottom of this page- to add missing names to it). Every one of the original 154 people on the list has made a significant contribution to what I believe too many of us take for granted now. And, although obviously subjective, I appended the title (SMACE) next to each person I personally knew to be a San Miguel Allende, Contributor Extraordinaire.
For those of you who are even more interested in updating this page or any other page of this free (and containing no advertising) SMA online newsmagazine, see write to & for us and contribute whatever you wish.
This list on the SMA online newsmagazine should never have been necessary. This is just one more example of what Atencion could have but never would do in its constant pandering to the tourist and the local real estate interests, coupled with their blatant lack of interest in the welfare of the expats actually living here.
Following is a list of Gringos whose deaths have been brought to our attention. As of April 6, 2012, this page includes only the names of those 154 gringos whose life here was both known by us and known to have died. Most probably, others who died elsewhere or whose death was not made known to us should have been listed. As of today, this page will attempt to correct that problem as we publicly ask for the names of those who should not be forgotten here. Names (deaths) added subsequent to April 6, 2012, have not been verified.
LET US NOT FORGET:
Objectives of this page:
1- as this community hosts many part-time recurring visitors, we often are saddened to hear of the passing of both part-time recurring visitors and full-time residents, well after their actual death. If for no other reason then to fill a void that should have been filled by Atencion and thereby record the passage of such people, this section is available.
2- this section will contain all notices of "deaths" of local people that meet the criteria described in Instructions . All names will be listed in alphabetical order.
3 - we have another page for obituaries and eulogies for those survivors who wish to make known their feelings regarding those who have passed away. click on obituaries
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