Errol Rizzuto, a long-time beloved fixture in the New Orleans LGBT community, passed away on October 29.
Rizzuto, along with his good friend Robin Malta, was a co-founder of Café Lafitte in Exile’s annual Red Party, which raises money for local charities. Rizzuto also served as the Grand Marshal of Southern Decadence in 1999. In recent years, Rizzuto became very involved in the Krewe of Amon-Ra. He was the krewe’s Captain at the time of his passing.
Word of his death sent shockwaves throughout the community. Those who knew him, both well and casually, flooded social media with fond memories, the universal sentiment being that he was kind and generous. More than a few posts described him as a “prince among men.”
Rizzuto will be remembered for his cheery disposition and his love of life, as well as for being the epitome of selflessness.
The following obituary was published in the Times-Picayune:
Errol Charles Rizzuto passed away on October 29, 2017 at the age of 57. He was the beloved son of the late Jack Rizzuto Sr. and Rosemary Bremerman Rizzuto. Loving brother of Jack Rizzuto Jr., Margaret Rizzuto, Carey Rizzuto (Mary Ann), Bobbi Rizzuto, Dennis Rizzuto and Terri English. Also survived and fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Errol had an unmatched zest for life that was surpassed only by his love for Mardi Gras. He will be forever remembered and deeply missed by his family and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation to be held at ST. BERNARD MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 10:00 AM 12:00 PM. A memorial service will begin at 12:00 PM. Inurnment will follow in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens.
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