Garry George Bowie, Executive Director of Being Alive Los Angeles, respected community leader and advocate, and devoted family man, died April 7, 2020, from complications related to COVID-19.
Garry dedicated his life to compassionate advocacy for those living with HIV/AIDS and for the local homeless community. He served as a founding board member and executive director of the Long Beach AIDS Foundation in 2004. He was named 2008 “Man of the Year” by the Long …
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Met Garry in 1980 when I came out he was a sweet man. We met at rumour Hazitin garden grove . He worked at toys r us . He is the reason I met my husband of 35 yrs ... Garry I’ll miss u , u r good memory’s.
After going on disability, I wanted to volunteer...to give back and since I was a volunteer down in San Diego for Being Alive it seemed a natural decision to volunteer here in Los Angeles. From the moment I met Garry it was easy to liked him. I don't think I've ever saw him, without a smile. What really won me over though was when I needed help with a particular difficult legal dilema that most were afraid to give me advice on, he pulled me aside and told me if I would ask him about an imaginary story and then he winked and paused to say I might be able to give you an ending to that story...and he did. I always felt important there even though I only work one day a week and part of that was being thanked by Garry for my service...I can't tell you how many times. You will be missed Garry and thank YOU for your service!