Owner of Atlanta gay bar Oscar’s dies at 65
Edward J. Akers, owner of Midtown Atlanta gay bar Oscar’s, passed away on May 10 at the age of 65.
Akers is survived by his partner of 19 years, Chris McDonald, who co-owns the popular Ansley Square bar.
“The Oscar’s family is hurting today. We have lost one of our own in the early morning hours. Ed has passed on to a better place,” a message posted on the bar’s Facebook page said on the day of Akers’ death, leading to numerous tributes form customers, family and friends.
“A lovely man who lit up the room when he entered,” one read.
“Ed was such a sweet man with a great personality to match,” read another.
“This man never failed to greet me with a hug and a smile,” read another, echoing similar sentiments throughout the thread.
A memorial service was held at the bar on May 20.
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