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In a hastily planned but enthusiastically attended drive-by ceremony, friends and admirers of Hecky Powell met at the Morton Civic Center on the afternoon of May 24. With a police escort, dozens of cars drove past Mr. Powell’s home, honking and waving at his widow, Cheryl Judice. Quarantined by COVID-19 but so far asymptomatic, she sat alone in her yard to observe the procession.
Mr. Powell died on Friday from COVID-19. A memorial service is planned for next May.