Obituaries: Richard F. Allen

  • by BAR staff
  • Wednesday March 15, 2023
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Richard F. Allen
Richard F. Allen

January 18, 1938 — January 14, 2023

Richard (Dick) Allen passed away in the early morning hours on January 14, 2023, after a brief illness and only four days before his 85th birthday. Born and raised on the East Coast, Dick came to California in the early 1970s and immediately became involved in the gay liberation movement. After receiving his nursing degree from City College of San Francisco, he went to work at California Pacific Medical Center and became a charge nurse on the AIDS unit throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

He lived in the Castro for many years. He made numerous friends through walking his dog Pepper, playing and teaching bridge, as well as enjoying happy hour at Twin Peaks Tavern. He was an excellent chef and loved traveling, musical theater, and going to the movies.

He will be sorely missed by his chosen family and his many friends in his beloved Castro neighborhood.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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