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April 2015


Beloved Advocate Marty Sesmer Dies

Abraham “Marty” Sesmer died Friday, Feb. 27, at the age of 76 in Manhattan due to complications arising from a fractured hip.He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Dec. 18, 1937 to Louis and Mollie Sesmer. After unexpectedly losing his parents at the age of 10, he was raised by relatives in both Albany and the Lower East Side of Manhattan, before returning to Brooklyn to start a family.Sesmer worked in the dining room at the International Center for the Disabled (ICD) for many years. He will be remembered as an advocate for people with disabilities who gave freely of his time volunteering for Disabled in Action (DIA), the 504 Democratic Club and other organizations. He also served on the Board of Concepts of Independence, Inc. for many years.

“I also called him ‘the Mayor of Renwick Gardens’ (the building in which he lived) and ‘the Mayor of ICD’ because everyone in the disability community knew that if they had a problem, they knew that Marty would help,” said friend Marvin Wasserman. Sesmer was honored for his advocacy by former Mayors David
Dinkins and Michael Bloomberg. He was also actively involved in Overeaters Anonymous, where for many years he served as treasurer for the Moravian Church chapter.

“Marty was my partner in creating many years of Sandra Schnur Memorial Seders for the community,” said Wasserman. He would get the space in Renwick Gardens and heat and serve the meals with the help of his devoted and beloved caregivers, Mary and Sophia.”
“Marty was a loving, caring gentleman who always had a kind word and a kiss on the hand,” said Able Publisher Angela Melledy.
“My Dad’s passing has left a hole in the hearts of many people, but none so much as myself, my wife Barrie, my sister Stephanie Johanson and her husband Ronald, ” said son Laurence Sesmer.

Sesmer leaves six grandchildren – Cara, Joshua and Victoria Sesmer and Robyn, Zachary, and Nicholas Johanson and his great granddaughter Amaiyah.

A memorial service is planned for April 15, noon to 2 p.m. at Renwick Gardens, 332 East 29 St., Manhattan. RSVP required.

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