SAN DIEGO – John McCusker's spirit lives on. McCusker, a beloved local business owner and leader in the San Diego LGBT community died on March 13, 2005 – nine years ago today.
McCusker, who owned 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 2005, and many posted sentiments online in his memory.
The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation still maintains a fund in McCusker’s honor, which provides scholarships to students pursuing higher education opportunities. PFLAG San Diego grants this award each year through its student scholarship program.
Since his passing, friends of McCusker continue to celebrate his life each year on this day.
Michael B. Mack remembered McCusker today in a short Facebook post that summed up how so many remember him: “Love, life, laughter!”