Feb 13, 2020

Remembering Marvin Moss


It’s with a heavy heart that we share Marvin Moss passed away on Monday, Feb. 10, at age 73.

“Marvin was a tireless advocate who dedicated himself to improving the lives of people with disabilities,” said HCDDS Superintendent Alice Pavey. “His advocacy and friendship have shaped so many people, and we miss him dearly.”

Marvin was a pioneer in the disability advocacy community and followed in the footsteps of his mother, Dorothy Moss, who helped found The Arc of Ohio. Marvin was a founding member of People First of Hamilton County and the HCDDS Advocacy Leadership Network.

He fought for years to get his beloved brother, Leon, who also had a developmental disability, back in the community where he could live a life of dignity. When their mother died in the 1980s, Marvin became a co-guardian for Leon and was the first person with DD in Ohio to get shared guardianship of another person with a disability.

This advocacy sparked a lifelong passion for helping other people with disabilities and striving to make the community more inclusive for all. During his life, Marvin served on two national, six state, and ten local boards and committees, and he traveled the country educating people about disability rights.

In 2014, he received an award from Advocacy and Protective Services, Inc. (APSI) recognizing his lifetime achievement in advocacy. His journey has touched many lives, and Marvin’s story is part of the UC Berkeley Oral History Center and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., as part of StoryCorps.

“Anyone that had a chance to meet Marvin will miss his infectious smile, laugh, and sense of humor,” said Tricia Franke, SSA Team Lead for HCDDS.

Services are Sunday, Feb. 16 at Weil Kahn Funeral Home, 8350 Cornell Road, at noon. Visitation begins at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Envision Provider Agency, 3030 West Fork Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45211 would be appreciated.
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