Cellblock’s Roger Hickey

Roger Hickey

CHICAGO – The Chicago Den has just heard of the passing of Roger Hickey, former owner of Chicago’s Cellblock bar and a founder of Mr. International Rubber. Here’s the report from Mr. International Rubber:

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Roger Hickey one of the founders of Mr. International Rubber. Roger died on Friday July 13, 2012. Roger was the original owner of Cell Block Chicago, and the man who was approached in 1…995 about hosting the third Mr. Vulcan Contest.  The following year when Mr. Vulcan folded, he created the Mr. International Rubber contest which continues to this day. Roger owned MIR from 1996 – 2006 when he sold both the bar and the contest.  That year he served as a judge at MIR2007. We take this opportunity to celebrate the life of Roger Hickey and thank him for his support of the International Rubber Community.  If you are out and about in your gear tonight, lift a glass in his honor and have some good rubbery fun just as he would have wanted.
The Chicago Rubbermen will be having their anniversary party at Cellblock today (July 14). There will no doubt be a remembrance of Roger who for years was a major figure in Chicago’s gay leather community. Our condolences to his family.