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SDGLN remembers John McCusker 15 years after his death

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John McCusker, second from right in front row, pictured with a group at AIDS Walk San Diego.

Today marks 15 years since the passing of John McCusker, a beloved local business owner and leader in the San Diego LGBT community.

McCusker, who owned both Club Montage and ReBar, was well connected and always lent his support to numerous organizations and causes.

Passing away at just 31-years-old, he had achieved things in his short life that many could only dream of, even after their own decades-long careers.

McCusker opened Club Montage in the building that formerly housed the popular West Coast Production Company (WCPC) when he was only 21; but despite his young age and lack of experience, he grew the venue into one of the top nightspots in the nation.

His business successes allowed him to give much back to the community through various organizations, like the Harvey Milk/Tom Homman Student Scholarship, the Polinsky Center, GLBT Vote 2000, Ordinary Miracles, The Center, and numerous HIV/AIDS service providers.

McClusker's passing was a shock to the community in March of 2005, and sent waves through the community at that time. He continues to be missed dearly today by many of his friends, family, and loved ones.

The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) still maintains a fund in McCusker’s honor, which provides scholarships to students pursuing higher education opportunities. McCusker served on the board of SDHDF as vice president.

San Diego Gay & Lesbian News and many in the San Diego community continue to remember McCusker, his life, and the many contributions he made for the betterment of all LGBT people.