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The Oregonian: Funeral set for Melvin Bush, traveling barista
Author: James Mayer, The Oregonian
Posted: July 16, 2012

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MELVI.jpgMelvin Bush in 2003 

Melvin Bush, who sold coffee from his wheelchair around the Portland State University campus and downtown, has died from complications related to cerebral palsy. He was 64.

The funeral will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Omega Funeral Home, 223 S.E. 122nd Ave. The family suggests bringing a favorite photo to share. The family is putting together a photo board with lots of pictures from throughout his life. Seattle's Best Coffee on the Urban Plaza, which employed Bush, will also be putting together a photo board with letters related to his work.

In a 2003 story in The Oregonian, reporter Spencer Heinz described his daily routine this way:

"He works out of a wheelchair that he maneuvers with a joystick. It shifts into high with a silver toggle switch.

His chair is rigged with a wooden box for two pots of coffee, plus cups up front and a fastened-down clock. It times his daily circuit that others mark their mornings by. As downtown Portland's only traveling barista, at least as far as he can see, he delivers to the interiors of blocks where coffee otherwise is not. "