A memorial will be held Saturday August 11th for Sister Boom Boom, aka Jack Fertig, who passed away on Sunday, August 4th from liver cancer.
Jack Fertig was a fixture within the Castro and the greater SF LGBT community for the last 30 years. One of the original sisters Jack used his habit to launch a campaign for Supervisor while now Sen. Diane Fienstien was Mayor in 1982. Using humor and Queer wit he urged everyone to vote for, 'Nun of the Above', which garnered him over 24,000 votes. His particular brand of campaigning and in your face confrontational style led to the SF Supervisors passing a law that states, "one must run under their legal name when running for SF office." Unapologetic and out about his own HIV positive status Jack helped organize the first AIDS benefit ever held in the City and enlisted the help of Oscar winner Shirley Maclaine to co-host. Jack continued to be a leader in multiple charities and never shied away from a fight and could argue with a rock. He was an astrologer, theological student, meditation expert, was a member of the Clean and Sober community for over two decades and devotee of Islam ever asserting that all religions and spiritual practices have room at the table for Queers.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will hold a service at Collingwood Park in the Castro at 7 p.m. In a press release, the goup wrote, “Family and community colleagues representing various aspects of Jack’s rich and wondrous life will offer eulogies. Please bring rose petals, glitter, banners, photographs, and flags to honor of one of our greatest."
The group asks for donations to Grateful Dogs Rescue or LYRIC for LGBTQ Youth in lieu of gifts or flowers.
RIP Jack and thank you for all your hard work on behalf of your people.