tributes & memorials
At AIDS Partnership Michigan, we have inevitably seen the
devastation of HIV. We will never get used to it. We take every
loss personally. This page is for the people who have passed on
from AIDS. May their lives not be forgotten. And may their faces
remind us every day of the urgency of our mission.
Douglas Pizzala, 1951 - 2009
Tireless worker, Broadway afficionado and a true wit
Memorialized by: Barbara Murray
Doug was a dedicated staffer at APM for many years, where he was
our administrative director. A lover of music, we were often
“treated” to Broadway tunes blasting out of his office. Doug was
equally enthusiastic about films; he rarely missed a movie opening
and was a frequent viewer of Turner Classic movies. Well-known
for his wry sense of humor, Doug often made us smile when we
needed it most. In fact, I am smiling right now, just thinking of
him. I will never forget his courage and dignity in fighting AIDS.
He is still greatly missed in this office. Not a day goes by that I do
not think of Doug and wish that he were still with us. Friend, lover
of life -- you will always be remembered.