Michael B. Washington, 55, a housing rehabilitation coordinator for Delaware County and a longtime activist in North Philadelphia, died of cancer Saturday, June 21, at Lankenau Hospital.
He was the son of the Rev. Paul Washington, the well-known rector of the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia. Although not a clergyman, Mr. Washington became community leader like his late father, serving on the boards of the Advocate Community Development Corp. and the Paul and Christine Washington Community Center adjacent to the church.
"The folks in the neighborhood were real neighbors to Mike. On the street, the way folks would greet him was special," said the Rev. Isaac Miller, former pastor of the Church of the Advocate and interim priest at Calvary St. Augustine Episcopal Church in West Philadelphia. "Mike touched one heck of a lot of folks in the community in exactly the way you want to see happen."