Celebration of Life held for Buff Carmichael

Springfield community members listen to memories of Buff Carmichael at the celebration of life on Saturday, July 3. Photo by Tom Wray

A celebration of life was held in Springfield for Buff Carmichael, a long time LGBTQ activist who passed away in March 2021.

About 75 people gathered at the AIDS Memorial Labyrinth in Lincoln Park for the service on Saturday, July 3. Carmichael had been one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the AIDS memorial.

Much of the celebration consisted of people speaking about their memories of Carmichael. Speakers included family members and community members like Windy City Times founder Tracy Baim.