Gay UK Business Owners Pass; One Of An Illness And One Of A Broken Heart

A UK man literally died of a broken heart after his husband died.

The community in Devon, UK are grieving after the death of a gay couple had a sad but romantic end.

Gay couple Steven Collyer and Jason Roe were pillars in multiple communities because of their entrepreneurial spirit. Steven opened the first WOW gay venue in the 1990s in Cardiff, ran the Koolers Nightclub, and manned Club Cardiff.

After that, the couple moved to Devon where they opened Torquay’s Shiphay Chippy fish and chop bar, but now the two have unfortunately passed away, according to DevonLive.

It was Jason Roe who passed first from an illness just six weeks ago. Then, Steven Collyer sadly joined him on September 4. His death was caused by what’s being reported as a “broken heart.”

Now, the community of Devon and specifically Paignton, where the couple had moved to after Jason first became sick, are mourning and honoring the couple.

Collyer's Facebook page has received several condolences and messages of love. In addition, flowers have shown up outside the Shiphay Chippy.

Steven’s sister Vicky Roffi spoke to DevonLive to say:

"Steven was an amazing man, amazing friend but most of all he was loved by so many people. I for one will greatly miss him.”

"Wherever they went Steven and Jason made a massive impact. They were very outgoing - especially Steven. He loves a party."

Former Devon councilor Darren Cowell also spoke on the recently departed Collyer, "I know so many people have had many a meal from him. Very sad news and my thoughts are with his family and friends."

Funeral arrangements are being made and is planned to be held in Wales. That said, there will be a similar event in Devon for the friends and customers who wish to pay their respects.

As for the Shiphay Chippy, it’s been announced that the establishment will now go up for sale.

h/t: DevonLive

Golden Age Of Hollywood Star Tab Hunter Died At 86

We're sad to share with you that 1950s heartthrob Tab Hunter died Sunday night, according to TMZ and his Facebook page.

Tab Hunter, born Arthur Andrew Kelm, was known for his roles in Damn Yankees and The Burning Hill. He’s also known for opening up about being a closeted talent in Hollywood in his 2005 autobiography titled Tab Hunter Confidential, which then was turned into documentary.

In that autobiography, Hunter reveals that his public relationship with Natalie Wood was a cover for his private relationship with Anthony Perkins. Hollywood director J.J. Abrams has also announced that he’s working on a film titled Tab & Tony about the secret relationship between these two Hollywood stars.

As for how Hunter died, the Facebook post didn’t reveal any details. It simply stated:

“Tab passed away tonight three days shy of his 87th birthday. Please honor his memory by saying a prayer on his behalf. He would have liked that.”

May He Rest In Peace.

This Gay Couple Were Among the Victims of the FIU Bridge Collapse

When partners Alberto Arias, 53, and Osvaldo Gonzalez, 57, spent the day helping Arias’ mother move, no one would expect that they’d be two of the six victims to lose their life in the collapse of the pedestrian bridge near Florida International University (FIU). The Cuban couple had been together for 21 years and were in the process of running errands during the move, says the Miami Herald. The couple died instantly when the bridge collapse on their truck as they went under.

During a press conference, Alberto’s nephew, Luis Arias, shared that Arias and Gonzalez were ‘soul mates’ and ‘full of life and joy’:

21 years. Traveled together, had their ups and downs together. Were the support system for each other. The two people that I know who were selfless, you know? Put everyone before them--through their business. Bringing joy to others with with their smiles. That’s who they were.

Four other victims were involved in the tragic accident that according to attorney Yesenia Collazo will take at least a year to investigate. Collazo is the attorney handling the case for the couple’s family. She assures the press that the family is out for answers.

Two civil suits have been against the Miami Dade County’s 11th Circuit Court on behalf of victims injured in the accident. The cause of the collapse is under investigation.

Arias and Gonzalez were laid to rest this week within minutes of each other. Together, just as they were always in this life. May they rest in peace.

h/t: Miami Herald

Major disrespect for this gay couple remembering their mother

In Dallas, Texas, another story of religious righteousness is plaguing a gay couple who recently lost their mother, Brenda Light. Barry Giles and John Gambill, who are married and have been together for 31 years, were heartbroken to learn that Gambill’s name been stricken from Giles’ mother’s obituary in a local newspaper in Olto.

The couple shared with Fox News 4 that they originally submitted the lines “those left to cherish her memory include her son, Barry Giles and his husband, John Gambill of Dallas” and were shocked to see Gambill’s name had been removed—as if he never existed.

But why? Well because the paper’s publisher, Phillip Hamilton, expressed that two gay men could NEVER be married—in God’s eyes. So in response, he removed that piece of writing because his paper couldn’t be tainted with that.

According to Raw Story, Hamilton shared:

It is my religious conviction that a male cannot have a husband. It is also my belief that to publish anything contrary to God’s Word on this issue would be to publish something in the newspaper that is not true. The newspaper respects the First Amendment rights of those who express such opinions. The newspaper’s decision to edit the obituary is both ethical and lawful. It would be unethical to publish a news item that is known by the editor to be false. Based on the truth found in the Word of God, I could not in good conscience identify Mr. Gambill as the husband of Mr. Giles.

What a damn, bitch! If they paid for the obituary, which they probably did because nothing is free with newspapers, they should take him to small claims court or at least get their money back.

How horribly offensive and disrespectful, especially to Giles’ mother who must have loved that Gambill for over three decades.

Here is the news report from Fox News 4: