Larry Holmes passed away Tuesday evening, August 2, if AIDS complications. He was 47 years old. A sweet-natured man, Larry knew how to enjoy a diverse life, He filled his life with much music, travel, playing the piano, and entertaining friends with gourmet dinners.
For 13 years, Larry worked for the Levi Strauss Company, retiring as manager of the Office Service-Purchasing Department in February '93. Larry took pride in being physically fit and in being sober. At one rime or another, he had competed in dancing and figure-skating, taught ballroom dancing, been a proud member of the 101st Army Airborne Division, and spent three years on the performance tea, of the Foggy City Dancers.
Among those who selflessly assisted Larry during his last difficult months were his love of the last 4 1/2 years, Gordon R. Wright; Larry's sisters, Deborah and Pamela Holmes; Tricia Kelly; and Marilyn Johnson. They and other dear friends said their farewells at sunset on August 6 at the Fort Point anchorage of the Holden Gate Bridge. As they scattered the ashes, a flock of birds took off in formation. Thus was surely a sign that Larry's loving spirit was set free.
At Northstar Promenade, 1990
- Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco, CA) Thursday, 15 Aug 1994