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Bishop S. F. Makalani-MaHee

07-05-1972  -  11-20-2017

Obituary

Bishop SF Makalani-MaHee, age 45 of Oakland Park, Florida passed into Glory surrounded by a small but close group of friends and family. Bishop was born on July 5, 1972 to Barbara MaHee and Adisa Makalani.   

As a young child filled with talent everyone knew that Bishop would touch lives, although no one knew to what extent.  In his early life, Bishop had his first church solo at the age of 4.  Many of his Sundays were spent in church serenading the congregation with wonderful gospel renditions such as one of his favorites, “Jesus Can Work It Out.”    His school years found him obtaining an education at the Julia Richman High School, which touted such alumni as Gene Anthony Ray and Lauren Bacall. It was here, a love of Broadway was birthed. It was that love of Broadway that brought him to meet producer Cheryl Weisenfeld, who cast Bishop in a number of shows, such as “Grease.”

After moving to Atlanta with family, Bishop began teaching theater classes and courses, as well as lecturing. This afforded him opportunities at Georgia State University, Soapstone Center for the Performing Arts and Spelman and Morehouse Colleges, respectively. He quickly became immersed and active in LGBTQ community. Bishop also founded a youth theater troupe, Heart Theater, which performed its inaugural piece, “Journeys” an HIV/AIDS educational play conceived and directed by him. 

After becoming the youngest commissioned Pastor in Unity Fellowship Church history, life called him away from Atlanta in 1997. He relocated to South Florida and it was here he found his tribe; his purpose, his congregation. It was here that Bishop became most free and was happiest. He continued his work as an activist in the LGBTQ community, working at the PRIDE Center in Wilton Manors as well as head-spinning a number of other not-for profits. He founded Black Gay Pride South Florida and co-founded BLACKOUT, South Florida’s first African-American LGBTQ Film Festival. Bishop was also an active member of the Dolphin Democrats, taking a job at the Broward Democratic Party office. He was also a former board member on the Broward Human Rights Board.

Employed at the Broward County Department of Health at the time of his untimely passing, Bishop SF Makalani-Mahee was the Coordinator of the Transgender Program, advocating for those like himself. A Trans man who would be facing similar struggles.  Bishop SF was a man who spent his life loving so many others unconditionally. He will forever be remembered as a man loved by so many. We love you, we miss you. Continue walking in your light, redefining our faith and living your life in the rhythm. 

Bishop SF Makalani-Mahee is survived by: mother, Barbara; brothers, Darcy, Jeffrey and Justin; sister,  Marsha; several nephews; Juan Carlos, Desiree, and his extended NYC and Atlanta network of friends; his South Florida friends with whom he identified as his family: Mitch, Sybil, Lisa, Jules, Rachel, Grace, Donnell, Stephen, Lonzo, “The Pack”, Saul, Rajee, Sheen, Paige, Pam, as well as Western New York friends, Cleveland friends and everyone who was touched by that contagious smile of his; there are to many to name them all. Bishop was loved and cared for by so many including the countless families that took him in as their own. Bishop fought a great fight and will forever be remembered as a true leader and activist. Rest now our brother. Rest.

A public service for The Bishop will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:00pm at the Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315.  An elaborate and colorful program to honor The Bishop is slated to include Rev. Anne R. Atwell, Rev. Leslie A. Rutland-Tipton, Pastor Anita Porter, Rev. Joel Slotnick, Rajee Narinesingh, Michael Rajner, George W. Castrataro, Donnell Morris, Mitch Herman, Lisa Lipman and US Congresswoman and former Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman-Shultz to name a few.


  Life Celebration

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:00pm

1480 SW 9th Ave Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315

Sunshine Cathedral, Fort Lauderdale

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Lavi McArthur

My Brother - You will never know how much you meant to me. I tried to follow your example of showing love, but we all know there is no one better at that than you! I will miss your smile, your laugh, our daily talks, and, most of all, those rib-crusher hugs. However, I know that this is not the end. I know they we will see each other again, but until then, I know you are my angel. You are, and always be, a integral part of my life. I love you, My Friend. Rest well!

 Posted December 4, 2017 - 10:12am
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David Shamer

A truly wondiful person. I will miss him.

 Posted December 1, 2017 - 9:44pm
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Lori Cardona

My dear sweet little brother, I love you. I will miss you so very much. You are, and have always been, an angel .

 Posted December 1, 2017 - 9:30am
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Lori Cardona

My dear sweet little brother, I love you. I will miss you so very much. You are, and have always been, an angel .

 Posted December 1, 2017 - 9:30am
L
Lori Cardona

My dear sweet little brother, I love you and I will miss you so much. You are, and always have been, an angel in my life.

 Posted December 1, 2017 - 9:30am
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Charles E. Hughes Jr.

To you my friend infinite hugs!

 Posted November 30, 2017 - 10:51am
C
Charles E. Hughes Jr.

To you my friend a infinite hug!

 Posted November 30, 2017 - 10:48am
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Row Iliescu

It's hard to believe---Bishop was sooo full of life. My new office used to be his, and I will think about him everyday and hope to bring to others just a small measure of the hope, succor, joy as did Bishop.

 Posted November 29, 2017 - 6:05pm
A
AJ Bosman

You will be dearly missed my brother. Thank you for being you!

 Posted November 28, 2017 - 2:33am
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Keith Spruill

I did not know Bishop very well but he was clearly loved by everyone. He always greeted everyone with a bright smile. My prays go out to his family and close friends. Sorry for your pain.

 Posted November 27, 2017 - 1:20pm
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Emily Cohen

It is truly impossible to explain the impact you had on my life. My dear friend, you will live forever in the faces and hearts of the people you reached with your love, kindness, compassion, and hugs! We will never stop building on the foundation you created. Rest in power!

 Posted November 27, 2017 - 7:23am
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Vickie Schwisberg

You always had a smile on your face and a hug to share. You will be dearly missed. May you rest in peace.

 Posted November 26, 2017 - 10:36pm
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Rev. Joel S. Slotnick

You are embedded in the hearts and souls of so many whose lives you have touched. Your smile & infectious laugh will live on within all of us.

Rest peacefully, my friend. See you again on the next journey.

 Posted November 26, 2017 - 9:05pm
D
Dawn Hebert

His loss is a big loss for so many. He will be missed but always remember. He did affect my heart in many ways that I cannot explain. With much sadness I say goodbye.

 Posted November 26, 2017 - 8:59pm
J
Jodi Reichman

My wonderful friend ,confidant and colleague I cherish our time together over the years and thankful for your gift of undying friendship soar with the angels Bishop to life everlasting.
you are loved and will not be forgotten Sleep warm and wake up smiling...until we meet again.

 Posted November 26, 2017 - 6:26pm
J
Jodi Reichman

To my wonderful friend and confidant we have held it together for many years each bring a rock for each other thrubtrisl and tribulations. May you soar with the angels into a life everlasting until we meet again. Our arms are around you on your journey sleep warm and wake up smiling

 Posted November 26, 2017 - 6:13pm
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Deanna Muniz

There are no words to describe our loss here on earth without you ! You were a mentor, friend and a part of our extended family. Gone too soon but we will never forget you ! I will never forget your bright smile and warm embrace ! I will miss our deep conversations about life !
We love you may you fly with Angels!
Love Deanna Muniz your Sis
Natali and Jakey

 Posted November 26, 2017 - 5:55pm

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Bishop S. F. Makalani-MaHee

July 5, 1972  -  November 20, 2017

Bishop S. F. Makalani-MaHee

July 5, 1972  -  November 20, 2017

Obituary

Bishop SF Makalani-MaHee, age 45 of Oakland Park, Florida passed into Glory surrounded by a small but close group of friends and family. Bishop was born on July 5, 1972 to Barbara MaHee and Adisa Makalani.   

As a young child filled with talent everyone knew that Bishop would touch lives, although no one knew to what extent.  In his early life, Bishop had his first church solo at the age of 4.  Many of his Sundays were spent in church serenading the congregation with wonderful gospel renditions such as one of his favorites, “Jesus Can Work It Out.”    His school years found him obtaining an education at the Julia Richman High School, which touted such alumni as Gene Anthony Ray and Lauren Bacall. It was here, a love of Broadway was birthed. It was that love of Broadway that brought him to meet producer Cheryl Weisenfeld, who cast Bishop in a number of shows, such as “Grease.”

After moving to Atlanta with family, Bishop began teaching theater classes and courses, as well as lecturing. This afforded him opportunities at Georgia State University, Soapstone Center for the Performing Arts and Spelman and Morehouse Colleges, respectively. He quickly became immersed and active in LGBTQ community. Bishop also founded a youth theater troupe, Heart Theater, which performed its inaugural piece, “Journeys” an HIV/AIDS educational play conceived and directed by him. 

After becoming the youngest commissioned Pastor in Unity Fellowship Church history, life called him away from Atlanta in 1997. He relocated to South Florida and it was here he found his tribe; his purpose, his congregation. It was here that Bishop became most free and was happiest. He continued his work as an activist in the LGBTQ community, working at the PRIDE Center in Wilton Manors as well as head-spinning a number of other not-for profits. He founded Black Gay Pride South Florida and co-founded BLACKOUT, South Florida’s first African-American LGBTQ Film Festival. Bishop was also an active member of the Dolphin Democrats, taking a job at the Broward Democratic Party office. He was also a former board member on the Broward Human Rights Board.

Employed at the Broward County Department of Health at the time of his untimely passing, Bishop SF Makalani-Mahee was the Coordinator of the Transgender Program, advocating for those like himself. A Trans man who would be facing similar struggles.  Bishop SF was a man who spent his life loving so many others unconditionally. He will forever be remembered as a man loved by so many. We love you, we miss you. Continue walking in your light, redefining our faith and living your life in the rhythm. 

Bishop SF Makalani-Mahee is survived by: mother, Barbara; brothers, Darcy, Jeffrey and Justin; sister,  Marsha; several nephews; Juan Carlos, Desiree, and his extended NYC and Atlanta network of friends; his South Florida friends with whom he identified as his family: Mitch, Sybil, Lisa, Jules, Rachel, Grace, Donnell, Stephen, Lonzo, “The Pack”, Saul, Rajee, Sheen, Paige, Pam, as well as Western New York friends, Cleveland friends and everyone who was touched by that contagious smile of his; there are to many to name them all. Bishop was loved and cared for by so many including the countless families that took him in as their own. Bishop fought a great fight and will forever be remembered as a true leader and activist. Rest now our brother. Rest.

A public service for The Bishop will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:00pm at the Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315.  An elaborate and colorful program to honor The Bishop is slated to include Rev. Anne R. Atwell, Rev. Leslie A. Rutland-Tipton, Pastor Anita Porter, Rev. Joel Slotnick, Rajee Narinesingh, Michael Rajner, George W. Castrataro, Donnell Morris, Mitch Herman, Lisa Lipman and US Congresswoman and former Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman-Shultz to name a few.


  Life Celebration

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:00pm

1480 SW 9th Ave Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315

Sunshine Cathedral, Fort Lauderdale

Online Condolences

Comments

Add new comment

L
Lavi McArthur

My Brother - You will never know how much you meant to me. I tried to follow your example of showing love, but we all know there is no one better at that than you! I will miss your smile, your laugh, our daily talks, and, most of all, those rib-crusher hugs. However, I know that this is not the end. I know they we will see each other again, but until then, I know you are my angel. You are, and always be, a integral part of my life. I love you, My Friend. Rest well!

 Posted December 4, 2017 - 10:12am
D
David Shamer

A truly wondiful person. I will miss him.

 Posted December 1, 2017 - 9:44pm
L
Lori Cardona

My dear sweet little brother, I love you. I will miss you so very much. You are, and have always been, an angel .

 Posted December 1, 2017 - 9:30am
L
Lori Cardona

My dear sweet little brother, I love you. I will miss you so very much. You are, and have always been, an angel .

 Posted December 1, 2017 - 9:30am
L
Lori Cardona

My dear sweet little brother, I love you and I will miss you so much. You are, and always have been, an angel in my life.

 Posted December 1, 2017 - 9:30am
C
Charles E. Hughes Jr.

To you my friend infinite hugs!

 Posted November 30, 2017 - 10:51am
C
Charles E. Hughes Jr.

To you my friend a infinite hug!

 Posted November 30, 2017 - 10:48am
R
Row Iliescu

It's hard to believe---Bishop was sooo full of life. My new office used to be his, and I will think about him everyday and hope to bring to others just a small measure of the hope, succor, joy as did Bishop.

 Posted November 29, 2017 - 6:05pm
A
AJ Bosman

You will be dearly missed my brother. Thank you for being you!

 Posted November 28, 2017 - 2:33am
K
Keith Spruill

I did not know Bishop very well but he was clearly loved by everyone. He always greeted everyone with a bright smile. My prays go out to his family and close friends. Sorry for your pain.

 Posted November 27, 2017 - 1:20pm
E
Emily Cohen

It is truly impossible to explain the impact you had on my life. My dear friend, you will live forever in the faces and hearts of the people you reached with your love, kindness, compassion, and hugs! We will never stop building on the foundation you created. Rest in power!

 Posted November 27, 2017 - 7:23am
V
Vickie Schwisberg

You always had a smile on your face and a hug to share. You will be dearly missed. May you rest in peace.

 Posted November 26, 2017 - 10:36pm
R
Rev. Joel S. Slotnick

You are embedded in the hearts and souls of so many whose lives you have touched. Your smile & infectious laugh will live on within all of us.

Rest peacefully, my friend. See you again on the next journey.

 Posted November 26, 2017 - 9:05pm
D
Dawn Hebert

His loss is a big loss for so many. He will be missed but always remember. He did affect my heart in many ways that I cannot explain. With much sadness I say goodbye.

 Posted November 26, 2017 - 8:59pm
J
Jodi Reichman

My wonderful friend ,confidant and colleague I cherish our time together over the years and thankful for your gift of undying friendship soar with the angels Bishop to life everlasting.
you are loved and will not be forgotten Sleep warm and wake up smiling...until we meet again.

 Posted November 26, 2017 - 6:26pm
J
Jodi Reichman

To my wonderful friend and confidant we have held it together for many years each bring a rock for each other thrubtrisl and tribulations. May you soar with the angels into a life everlasting until we meet again. Our arms are around you on your journey sleep warm and wake up smiling

 Posted November 26, 2017 - 6:13pm
D
Deanna Muniz

There are no words to describe our loss here on earth without you ! You were a mentor, friend and a part of our extended family. Gone too soon but we will never forget you ! I will never forget your bright smile and warm embrace ! I will miss our deep conversations about life !
We love you may you fly with Angels!
Love Deanna Muniz your Sis
Natali and Jakey

 Posted November 26, 2017 - 5:55pm

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