Remembering ‘O.G.’ the song and dance male with a smile for absolutely everyone

Ora Sawyers

Initial there was a handwritten indicator, taped to a utility pole at Mendocino Avenue and Steele Lane. It read: “R.I.P O.G. #1 Sign spinner & dancer.”

Then came the flowers.

A single pot.

Two pots.

Eight pots.

Anyone still left a black Star Wars baseball cap.

Then folks started out composing own messages on the sign.

“This male new (sic) how to function with pleasure in his coronary heart. A enjoyment to check out him! I’ll miss out on your enjoy of everyday living …”

Then one more.

“OG — A kind soul who labored really hard and beloved his audio! Relaxation in Peace!”

The developing memorial, and the accompanying heartbreak, was for O.G., a guy who spent his times dancing his heart out and spinning a signal promotion Canevari’s Delicatessen just up the street on Lewis Road.

He was the great ad guy. If O.G. was spinning, you could not overlook him. And you couldn’t get your eyes off him.

Some days he danced to songs pumping through his headphones. Some days he danced to music he belted out loud. Sweating, smiling, waving and spinning that sign.

And then he was long gone.

O.G. died Dec. 30 at Finley Park in Santa Rosa. At the time of his death he did not have a everlasting home and was not carrying identification, so there was some problems reaching his family.

Identification was constantly a challenging matter with O.G. He was a male who good friends explain as both ebullient and fun-loving, and exceedingly private. Close to the vest did not start out to explain how O.G. retained some facets of his life, they mentioned.

Situation in position: His many, many close friends called him O.G. but no one could say why.

His restricted interior circle, including Debra Sedeno, the mother of his 19-year-aged son Antonio, named him Terrelle.

But even that name had an air of thriller.

“Terrelle is not his name,” Sedeno said. “His actual name is Vincent.”

Sedeno experienced constantly assumed he just did not like the identify Vincent, so selected to go by his center title: Terrelle.

“Just not too long ago, at the funeral, come to uncover out it’s not even Terrelle. It is Travelle?” she mentioned, laughing a little.

The place did he get Terrelle?

“He just manufactured it up.”

And genesis of O.G.? She could not say.

“OG? It was afterwards that he took that identify,” she explained.

So O.G., the guy who had friends all about town, the male whose more substantial-than-existence personality was generally on display screen on that active Santa Rosa street corner, the man whose dancing and singing shouted “Look at me,” was a person who, in several strategies, hid from certainly currently being known.

“He was a male that everyone knows but no person realized,” longtime mate Heather Archer reported.

Searching for operate

In recent yrs, O.G. took to saying how several times, or months, or years he’d been sober to everyone who’d listen.

Lou Chambrone, owner of Canevari’s Deli, understood O.G. had dealt with addiction, but also knew him as very good worker with a superior heart.

For 10 yrs, O.G. had walked as a result of Chambrone’s door asking if any odd jobs essential undertaking, and for 10 yrs Chambrone put him to operate.

But a leg injury from many years back had been flaring up in the latest months, and O.G. informed Chambrone he could not spin for him. But he was eager to do something else.

“I stored him hectic,” he reported. Ordinarily performing dishes.

‘He was excellent for his word’

O.G. invested some of his cash and his time, at “Fatty’s Threads” a second hand retail outlet on Sebastopol Avenue operate by Dave Puccetti.

Gena Kingsley has worked there for several years and stated O.G. was a fixture and became a close friend.

“He’d ordinarily have to have a radio or a bike tire,” she explained. “He was tremendous awesome, actually perfectly regarded.”

From yet another counter, Puccetti chimed in: “He was always acquiring bouquets and balloons for women.”

O.G. would occasionally let his guard down a minimal and notify Kingsley his foot was really bothering him.

He told others that his blood force was getting a minimal substantial.

“But he wouldn’t go to the health care provider,” she mentioned.

O.G. arrived to the shop on Sebastopol Street a ton to socialize, but often it was to change things that experienced been stolen or misplaced. Occasionally he experienced dollars to fork out on the spot, sometimes not.

Puccetti and Kingsley trusted him.

“He would arrive back and pay back. He was fantastic for his phrase,” Kingsley stated.

‘He seemed fine’

David Jones allow O.G. continue to be with him in his apartment in Moorland for years.

Jones requested that O.G. chip in with the hire and enable with the chores. Occasionally he did, in some cases he didn’t.

But he was fantastic organization and a excellent pal, so Jones appeared the other way.

“Sometimes he had hassle (shelling out), but I let it slide,” he reported.

Jones wasn’t supposed to have long phrase attendees at his put, and O.G. currently being O.G., he got caught, Jones said.

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