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In Memoriam: Teig Hogan & Tom Dukes

Our community lost two beautiful souls this week. Teig Hogan and Thomas Dukes were community members, volunteers, and friends.

“Dukes” was a faithful volunteer who could always be found in the kitchen preparing our daily community meals and helping with our Friday Lunch Restaurant and fundraising events. He was also a caring friend, opening his home and sharing unconditional love with those who struggled to make it. City Councilman Chris Jones shared, “He was kind to me. The way he looked at me made me feel accepted. There are few older African American men in our community. I needed his face. God blessed me with his face and his acknowledgment of my existence.”

Teig was present in our community from the beginning, generously sharing his expertise as an electrician during the early renovation and whenever we needed help keeping the lights on. He also had a sharp wit and enjoyed “messing” with you with a twinkle in his eye. He often boasted of his winning ping pong record back in the days when there were constant tournaments happening in the big room.

OCP will have an informal memorial service for Tom and Teig on Wednesday, October 3. This will be an opportunity to celebrate their lives, mourn their loss, and for anyone to share thoughts and reflections. As always, all are welcome.