and Critic, Has Died
Very sad report from longtime gay and HIV activist veteran Jay Blotcher this afternoon. We've lost another brother - Robert Hilferty.
My cherished comrades:Of course, I knew Robert and appear in his movie about ACT UP's infamous action inside St. Patrick's cathedral in 1989, and I'm sorry to read of his passing. He fought the good fight. May he rest in peace.
An ACT UP comrade has fallen.
On July 24, 2009, our friend and colleague Robert Hilferty, died suddenly. I just learned of this a few hours ago.
Robert was a filmmaker (the documentary Stop the Church about the ACT UP 1989 demo at St. Patrick's) and longtime film critic; he was erudite, delightful, pugnacious and wistful. Farewell!
Comrades... This is the original info I received this afternoon and, sadly, I know nothing more:
From: Aleba Gartner [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2009 2:09 PM
To: Aleba Gartner
Subject: Robert Hilferty 1959-2009
On July 24, 2009, our friend and colleague Robert Hilferty, died suddenly. Our shock and sadness are almost beyond words. He was a remarkably buoyant and brilliant man—and for many of us, a wonderful loving friend. It’s hard to accept this loss, but we are comforted by the many memories of his wit, boundless supply of opinions, and beautiful smile.
Condolences may be sent to
411 East 6th St., Apt 2C,
New York, NY 10009
Love to all of you...
From Jay Blotcher:
My cherished comrades:And Jay also sent this along:
Sometimes in lifeyou seek the truth and are even more saddened by what you learn.
Robert's lover and widower Fabio Toblini sent me the following message this evening:
> From: "F.T." <email@example.com>
> Date: July 27, 2009 11:11:43 PM EDT
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Hi Jay
> Aleba forwarded me your e-mail.
> Robert was hit on the head by the door of the trunk of a cab in > Savannah GA earlier this year. The injury caused a variety of post > concussion symptoms that worsened in the following months. He > hastily decided to end his suffering in a moment of extreme anxiety.
> I was with him until the last seconds of his life.
> I am in disbelief myself.
> From: Conyers Thompson <email@example.com>
> Date: July 28, 2009 12:12:55 AM EDT
> To: Fay Blotcher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: FW: Robert
> Jim Wagner sent this link, which maybe you've by now seen:
> > From: email@example.com
> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Subject: Robert
> > Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2009 23:55:12 -0400
> > lovely to see him so happy:
> > http://lerterland.blogspot.com/2009/07/remembering-robert.html