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In Memory of Adonis Reddick

Adonis Reddick: 1970-2016

Adonis was more than merely a member at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. He was a fixture on the Saint Louis chess scene.

Adonis played chess back when Saint Louis Chess was a small community of sidewalk players in the Loop in University City. When he became a member of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, his infectious smile and laugh was an instant connection with all our members. While his smile and laugh were always present, so was his determination and confidence to play anyone and beat them.

His passion for chess was second to his advocacy for the rights of the disabled. He was the founder of the Association of Spanish Lake Advocates, an organization promoting disability rights, a member of the leadership team for the Coalition for Truth in Independence, and a member of the St. Louis Arc’s Social Justice and Human Rights Committee. In 2015 he won the Catalyst Award’s Self Advocate of the Year.

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis and all of the Saint Louis Community lost a treasure of a man.

Please join us in remembering Adonis Reddick and celebrating his life on Thursday, May 19, 2016. The visitation is Thursday at 10:00 a.m. and will be followed by the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at Radiant Life in Christ Church located at 8646 Jennings Station Road.

There will be a gathering of family and friends back at the St. Louis Arc office at 1177 N. Warson Road immediately following the funeral in the Family Training Room at 2:30 p.m.

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