When Brian Yohe lost his battle with liver disease on Monday, his friends and family made sure to keep his memory alive.

Yohe suffered from primary sclerosing cholangitis, a disease that affects the liver's bile ducts. His friends set up a fundraising page in his honor that raised more than $6,300 in December.

Initially intended to help Yohe with expenses while he was waiting for a liver transplant, the fund will now help his family cover memorial costs.

Friends and fundraiser organizers have described the 47-year-old West York resident as a kind, selfless person who would do anything for anybody.

For Bryan Tate, a friend of Yohe's since sixth grade, his passing came too soon -- but there is a way to remember him forever.

A memorial fund in Yohe's honor has been started at the York County Community Foundation, where Tate is vice president of philanthropy. The foundation distributes grants to local nonprofit organizations.

Through that fund, Yohe, who had no children, will leave a legacy, he said.

"I just think it's a wonderful way for someone like him to live forever, and I think it's a way for his friends and family to help him live forever," Tate said.

To donate to the fundraiser, visit www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/6gk3. To give to the memorial fund, visit YCCF.org.

-- Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.

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Obituary: Brian Joseph Yohe

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