Paul Espenschied, a long time business owner and supporter of the gay community, passed away Sept. 6. He was 89.
Paul was born in Summit County Ohio, and grew up in Stark County Ohio. His business interest was in the hospitality industry, and his major start began when he managed, and became part owner, of Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge of Monroe, MI, beginning in the 1970s’ through the late 1980s.
He became the co-owner of the Scaramouche Bar, in Toledo during the 1970s until the mid 1980s’. He then co-owned Menjo’s in Detroit, one of the premier gay dance clubs of Detroit, starting in the early 1980s to the late 1990s’.
Paul participated in gay rights demonstrations in Lansing and Washington D.C. He also supported AIDS fundraisers and Human Rights Campaign fundraisers. He would often charter buses for his Menjo’s crowd, to get to these events. He was an outspoken person when supporting the human rights of others, and helped many people along the way; listening to their stories about life, and giving back what he had learned from life.
He loved to travel the world and was a lover of animals of all kinds. Donations in his memory may be made to Equality Michigan, 19641 W. Seven Mile Rd., Detroit MI 48219.