The local LGBT icon was involved with many causes including HIV/AIDS.
A historic figure in LGBT history Ben Dillingham III will be remembered in a Celebration of Life on January 20, 2018.
Dillingham passed away in November of last year. The 72-year-old was a key figure in local LGBT causes especially HIV/AIDS and the San Diego County Veterans Advisory Council.
The LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor at the San Diego LGBT Community Center is named after him and U.S. Army veteran Bridget Wilson.
Community leaders honored Dillingham upon hearing of his passing, calling him a "giant, a fierce force for justice" and "a dedicated, principled and driven man whose tireless work ethic was unmatched."
Nicole Murray Ramirez, co-founder San Diego Pride Parade said, "Ben Dillingham was a very patriotic American, proud Marine, caring Christian, always-giving philanthropist, a major GLBT leader, and true public servant, who I had the honor of being friends with for over 30 years. When the history of the San Diego GLBT community is written, Ben will go down as one of the trailblazers and heroes who was loved by all."
Ben F. Dillingham III Celebration of Life will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, January 20 at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral.
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral is located at 2728 Sixth Ave, San Diego, 92103.