John “Jack” Lira, Jr

John “Jack” Lira, Jr

Birth
El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Death 28 Aug 1978 (aged 25)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA
Memorial ID 44604129 · View Source
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JACK LIRA was one of Harvey Milk's string of young boy friends. Jack had an alcohol problem and many considered him an embarassment to Harvey's image. In January 1978, he accompanied Harvey as he led a procession of supporters from Castro Street to his ceremonial swearing-in ceremony on the steps of City Hall.

Harvey took Jack Lira with him when he moved to Henry Street in 1978 after a huge rent increase on his Castro Street store and his residence above it. Shortly after the move, it became obvious to Harvey that he had to break off his relationship with Jack because Jack was becoming a liability to his job as San Francisco Supervisor. A few weeks later, Harvey came home to his Henry Street flat to find that Jack Lira had committed suicide by hanging himself on the back porch


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  • Created by: Shawn Arthur Wells
  • Added: 20 Nov 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 44604129
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John “Jack” Lira, Jr (5 May 1953–28 Aug 1978), Find a Grave Memorial no. 44604129, citing Odd Fellows Cemetery, Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA ; Maintained by Shawn Arthur Wells (contributor 1423901) .