VIEW MORE PHOTOS | Dale Larimer Memorial Service @ H.M Patterson
Friends, family, Sisters and Possums filled the chapel of a Midtown funeral home on Wednesday, gathered to wish a fond farewell to Dale Larimer and celebrate his animated personality and life.
Larimer, also known as Atlanta Sister Della Catessen, died on April 22 from an apparent heart attack while traveling in Florida with his partner, Richard Munn. On Wednesday, friends and family joined together at H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill Chapel to move past the shock of Larimer’s sudden death and enjoy the lives he touched. Mourners signed a guest book and left personal massages on a sign board near an entrance to the chapel (top photo). They enjoyed photos and a video collage of images in an anteroom.
“[Dale] was just one of those people that whatever needed to be done, she did it. She just did it,” Rick Westbrook, a member of the Sisters, told Project Q Atlanta before the service. Friends sometimes called Larimer “Momma.”
“The Flaming Sugarbakers just have a huge void now. That’s Momma in a nutshell. She was the life of the party and it’s a huge loss in the community,” adds Westbrook, who like Larimer, was also a member of the East Point Possums.
Attendees at the memorial service included members of the Atlanta Sisters, dressed in their traditional garb (second photo), along with other drag personalities and friends marking the occasion with bits of makeup and wigs. Flowers surrounded the casket, which was open for the two-hour visitation prior to the memorial service.
Larimer was from Summerville, S.C.; his partner, Munn, is from Orlando and greeted guests as they entered the chapel before the service (third photo).
Art Davenport, also known as Sister Ursula Polari, told Project Q ahead of the memorial service that Larimer provided a unique bridge between two disparate LGBT communities – drag performers and bears.
“He enjoyed living and has a taste for life and enjoyed every bit of it that he could,” Davenport says. “I can not think of a soul that would say anything negative about him. He is just one of those people that goes through life sort of bringing joy to it. He linked any number of communities. It’s not often that the bear community and the drag community overlap, but they did in his case.”