People With AIDS Foundation (PWA), joined by many voices at ACAS and within
the broader community, mourn the loss of Nitto Marquez, cherished friend and
It is great
sadness that we share the passing of Nitto Marquez, cherished friend and
colleague. Nitto died April 29 th, 2008 with his partner and sister present.
community leadership included co-founding the Gay Asians Toronto in 1980 and
co-founding the Toronto Chapter of the Sister of Perpetual Indulgence
dedicated to the “promulgation of joy and expiation of guilt”.
HIV+ diagnosis in 1996, Nitto looked for information and support from ACAS.
His natural leadership, insight and passion for supporting others resulted in
his involvement on the ACAS Board of Directors followed by 3 years as Chair.
joined the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation in 2001, working in several
roles including Intake Worker, Speakers Bureau Coordinator and Benefits &
Assistance Case Manager. Throughout his community involvement, he touched
many people and impacted HIV awareness by sharing his story publicly and in
following quote from Nitto’s story, shared in the ACAS 10 th Anniversary
Book, captures Nitto’s passionate commitment to helping others, “As time went
on, my attitude of defeat and helplessness turned into one of empowerment
against this disease, and into a definite resolve to help others who are
facing the same health situation.”
passion, perhaps more than anything else will define our memory of Nitto and
the huge loss to our community.
be an open funeral mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral, on Monday, May 5th
at 10am. All are welcome to attend. In addition, Nitto’s lifelong partner
Bill will be planning a community celebration of life within the next few
months. Nitto’s wishes were that no flowers be sent.