Timothy Jay Oviatt

  • Wednesday May 17, 2017
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Timothy Jay Oviatt died of natural causes during the week of April 17, 2017 in his apartment. He was best known in San Francisco as the owner of All American Boy on Castro Street from 1988 to 2009. His store was an anchor on Castro Street for years, attracting shoppers, gay and straight, who wanted something more creative and stylish than mass merchandiser products. He always participated in charitable activities along Castro Street.

He moved to San Francisco from Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1972 when he came out and lived in the Bay Area ever since. He is survived by his only sibling and younger brother, Michael, who is writing this. In the past year Tim told me, "It's been a life well lived." He survived hard times since 2009 yet he still was able to laugh at the irony, absurdities, and contradictions of what he endured. He loved dogs, cooking, interior decorating, and gardening. A celebration of life was held at the Mix in the Castro on April 30. In honor of Tim, please make donations to the AIDS Emergency Fund, 12 Grace Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.