In Remembrance:

Tangelo Isaac Whitaker Pando

Tangelo Isaac Whitaker Pando, gay rights activist, was born on July 14, 1990 to Sherry Pando and Melvin Sykes in Newark, New Jersey. Growing up, Tangelo was a fan of comic books and anime, fashion, and his all-time favorite singer, Brandy. He was a proud vocal major at Arts High School, then later attended Barringer High (Newark) and Westview High (Phoenix, AZ). Tangelo was heavily involved in community programs like the All Stars Project and Project WOW at North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI), and even worked alongside his father at Newark Pop-Up Shop. As the founder of PLUG (People Living Underground), he advocated for creatives and provided opportunities for them to showcase, network, and celebrate each other. 

On July 3, 2018, Tangelo transitioned into eternal splendor surrounded by close family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sherry Pando; his maternal grandmother, Hyacinth Cherry Pando; his paternal grandfather; Melvin Joseph Sykes; and his paternal grandmother, Mary Jane Sykes. He leaves to cherish his memories his father, Melvin Sykes; his sister, Maria Murray; his aunts, Pam Malone (Tracy) and Daphne Jones (Larry); his uncles, John Sykes (Naqueen) and Craig Sykes (Julia); his nephews, Micah and Makai Warren; his niece, Kassidy Murray; his close companion, Alonzo S. Blalock; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Tangelo’s homegoing celebration was held on Tuesday, July 17 at 1:00 p.m. at Cotton Funeral Home, located at 1025 Bergen Street in Newark, New Jersey.