Obituaries

 

By all accounts, Barbra Casbar Siperstein was funny, smart and unafraid.

She was a champion of transgender rights and a towering figure in local trans history. Everyone called her “Babs.”

Siperstein died Feb. 3 of cancer at RWJBarnabas Health in New Brunswick, N.J., announced Garden State Equality. She was 76.

On an early Sunday evening, with the sun still shining brightly outside her door, a small crowd gathers around mixologist Ashley Coleman’s bar at Tavern at Camac.

As people wander into the Tavern’s dark glow, the bar’s sleekly shined piano and stool — one of TOC’s most famous elements — sit empty.

Stephen Wade Elkins, who spent a quarter-century working to make Rehoboth Beach, Del. a more open and positive place, died March 15 from lymphoma. He was 67.

Steve approached his illness as he did his life: with a sense of humor and resolve. But it was cancer. And it was determined.

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