November 17, 1923 – April 30, 2013
With great sadness and fondness we announce the passing of Alberto Diaz. His story seemed larger than life. He was an artist, chef, police officer, connoisseur of all the good things in life, and a faithful friend. Alberto died peacefully in his home in Pacific Heights at the age of 89. We will always remember his passion for life, champagne, and the limelight. Alberto was a spirited pioneer, being gay in an unfriendly era. He served in both World War II and the Korean War. Later he became an iconic member of San Francisco's police force. He loved animals, diamonds, and music, especially opera and Broadway. You could always count on Alberto to break out in a song for every occasion. His love of theater and adventure took him around the world from Cannes to China. Alberto was the life of the party, fearless, kind, and greatly loved. We miss him sorely.
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