Rick Cuevas

Feb. 3, 1939 – Oct. 13, 1994

Rick Cuevas died recently from AIDS complications and is probably shrieking from the other side now that his true age has been published.

A well-known figure in San Francisco gay deaf community, Rick was a former president of the SF Club for the Deaf and a member of the Rainbow Deaf Society. Fiercely independent, he had a long career as an upholsterer before his declining health forced him to retire.

His nickname, “Tempest Storm,” was a metaphor for both his love of burlesque and his fiery Latin temperament. Meeting the real “Tempest” was one of the high points of his life.

One of 15 children, Rick is survived by his “sister-niece,” Chris; his sisters, Sherry, Peg, Rita, Cecelia, Mary, Marge, Grace and Delores; his brothers, Bictor, Paul and Robert; close friends, Sam, Jim and Dick; former lover, Bruce; and by a host of others whose Sunday afternoons just won’t be the same.

A memorial potluck in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, November 19, at the SF Club for the Deaf, 530 Valencia (between 15th and 17th) at 1 p.m. Please join us. 

Source: Bay Area Reporter via Darol Nance | Submitted by Meredith Peruzzi | Transcribed by Nanette Edwards

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