LANG, Shawn Age 65, of Hartford, CT (formerly from Norfolk, MA), a proud mother, passionate advocate for justice, and lover of friends, music and Boston sports teams, passed away unexpectedly on October 17, 2021. She was born in Norfolk, MA, on February 5, 1956, the daughter of Herbie and Pat (Cashen) Lang. Shawn graduated King Philip in 1974. Shawn spent her entire career as an advocate for persons living with HIV and AIDS, the LGBTQ community, as well as those with opioid addictions, survivors of domestic violence, and those experiencing housing insecurity. As a staff person and volunteer, she worked tirelessly for programs, policies, and state and federal legislation that provided services and protections for persons in need. For the past thirty years, Shawn worked as the Deputy Director of Advancing CT Together (ACT). She was a board member of the National AIDS Housing Coalition and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University. She sat on the CT Alcohol and Drug Policy Council and founded the Statewide Opiate Overdose Prevention Workgroup. In 2017, Shawn was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for Advancing Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. When she wasn't advocating in the halls of the State Capitol and Congress, Shawn could be found socializing with family and her many friends, playing guitar on First Friday music nights, cheering for her Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots and UConn Huskies, and vacationing in P-Town. But her dedication to the causes of justice and equality was only exceeded by her boundless dedication to her son, Corbett Lang, of Hartford, CT. He brought her the greatest of love, joy and pride, and Shawn treasured their time together. In addition to her son, Corbett, Shawn is survived by her siblings Heidi Cronin and her husband Mike of Norfolk MA, Gretchen Lang of Margate, FL, and Tiger Lang of Bennington, VT, Tricia Barry and her husband Charles of Wrentham, MA and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Shawn's family is deeply and forever grateful to Shawn's many friends, co-workers and fellow advocates who provided her with love and support during her remarkable and impactful life, and who shared her commitment to justice and equality. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at the Horse & Carriage, 210 Dedham Street, Norfolk, MA from 11:00-3:00 pm. Vaccinations encouraged. Shawn Lang-approved attire welcome - i.e. Red Sox or any NE sports team, jeans, khaki shorts, political t-shirts. Donations in memory of Shawn and her work may be sent to Advancing CT Together at 110 Bartholomew Avenue, Suite 3050, Hartford, CT 06106, [email protected] View the online memorial for Shawn LANG
Published by Boston Globe from Oct. 25 to Oct. 27, 2021.