Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The day the Hells Angels buried a Harley

On Jan. 15, 1977, Harry “the Horse” Flamburis, president of the San Francisco chapter of the Hells Angels, was laid to rest at Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma days after being killed in his Daly City home with his girlfriend. Three months after the funeral, his beloved Harley-Davidson was buried with him.
Flamburis was a charismatic leader. More than 175 members formed a lengthy procession down Dolores Street on the way to his funeral. But the Hells Angels weren’t done.

A Chronicle reporter; “Five Angels and two ‘mamas’ were passing bottles of wine and smokes as they dismantled and laid to rest the black Harley-Davidson that had been the favorite mount of the slain president of the outlaw club’s Frisco branch.”
A bystander summed it up ... “What they’re doing is silly,” she said, “but if it means something to them, OK. It’s a funny world.”