Keith Pilopovich

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Obituary (Bay Area Reporter)

Keith Alan Pilopovich
12 May 1953 - 23 May 1991
Foggy City Dancers
Gold Rush
Midnight Squares


Early morning on March 23 a light dimmed here, only to relight and shine brightly in a better place beyond this mortality. Keith died as he lived, honorably and bravely.

Well known in the square dance community, Keith was a member of Foggy City Dance Club and Midnight Squares Dance Club. Keith was a talented chef who served his scrumptious fare at many parties and holiday dinners he cooked for friends as well as at several eateries in San Francisco, the last of which was the Cove Cafe in the Castro.

Keith was comforted throughout his illness by his mother, who was able to spend the last three weeks of his life with him. Keith is survived by his mother, Helen Pilopovich; his brothers, Victor Jr., Steven and David; his nieces and nephews; as well as numerous friends in the community.

Keith requested that donations in his memory be made to the Family Link and the AIDS Emergency Fund.[1]

Memories of Gold Rush

by Monte Raush circa 1996
Our other Keith, KEITH PILIPOVICH, was not able to dance with the group for long. The disease strikes everyone differently and for him, it was like a slow paralysis. He was bedridden for over six months. Never complained, but always wished to be able to dance again. He was a very shy, quiet man. Never a bad word about anyone! He was also a Teddy Bear. He loved to hug! But his biggest asset was his "Bedroom Eyes". Everyone mentioned that it always looked like he was just "waking up". Keith always gave it 100 percent. He would come to rehearsals with his work sheets in hand and study his parts while others were talking. He didn't want to make any mistakes - and took it hard when he did. Keith was one of those people who stayed in the background while helping others out. He was good with a thread and needle (always a bonus with this group), and came to the rescue many times. He was also a waiter at The Cove restaurant. This was another bonus - especially when Gold Rush needed to "borrow" kitchen items for Fund Raisers, Beer Busts, and other get togethers. We're still going strong down here, Keith, and I hope you're having a great time up there! HUGS!!!



  1. Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco, CA) Thursday, 04 Apr 1991