Ellwood Autuori was a proud gay sober man. Born on January 6, 1941 in Bridgeport Connecticut where he grew up, and worked in Greenwich as a specialist for children with learning disabilities. He received many awards throughout his career and his picture still hangs in the main lobby of the board of education building. He retired early went on to sell real estate, then antiques in Maine, becoming a snow bird in Florida. He enjoyed Florida and eventually there moved full time, remaining very active.
Ellwood was a compassionate man, who would reach out his hand to everyone he met. He was a teacher, an inspiration, a therapist, a counselor, a shoulder to cry on. He had the innate ability of making someone laugh when they no longer thought that was possible.
He belonged to and participated in many groups that meet at the lambda clubhouse and the pride center.
He is survived by his husband Dan Mehler, he has an extensive family through the country consisting of, cousins, nephews, nieces and in laws of many generations, here in Florida he leaves behind Tom Gifford, Ken Baublitz, Tim Krajewski, Ryan Hanson, Brian Greenwood and TJ Fells, as well as a number of other friends. Family and friends are invited to a social gathering at the Church of the Holy SPIRITSONG (located behind the PRIDE Center) at 2038 North Dixie Highway, Suite 102 Wilton Manors, Florida 33305 on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 12-2:00pm. A formal service will begin at 2:00pm with Rev. Leslie A. Rutland-Tipton, presiding. Friends are invited to come and share stories, fellowship and enjoy refreshments, allowing Dan and the other relatives to know how Ellwood touched each and every one of his many friends. In lieu of flowers donations in Ellwood's memory may be made to Lambda South 1231 E. Las Olas Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale 33301 orThe Pride Center, 2040 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, 33305.