John Bradfield Carufel, who persevered with his operatic singing career after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, died July 12 in Seattle of the progressive nervous system disease. He was 69.
Carufel, a baritone, was diagnosed in 1954 after landing a lead role in a musical while attending Seattle U. Undeterred, he moved to San Francisco in 1960 to take advanced voice lessons and landed a spot in the San Francisco Opera chorus.
He moved back to the Seattle area in 1966 and kept singing until 1977, spending several years as choir director at Holy Family Catholic Church in Kirkland.
He had to quit working entirely in 1986 due to his disease.