Services are scheduled Monday for Earl J. Gage Jr., who became San Francisco’s first black firefighter in the 1950s.In his role as the director of community services, he helped recruit and integrate the department.Mr. Gage’s hiring opened the door for others — including the city’s first black fire chief, Robert Demmons, decades later, said John William Templeton, a historian specializing in African Americans in California and co-founder of National Black Business Month.During his time with the city, Mr. Gage pushed for increased diversity — even calling at one point in 1969 for a change in hiring practices so that minorities could better represented in the force.In November, family, friends, and city officials — including Hayes-White — attended Mr. Gage’s 90th birthday party at the African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco.After retiring from the department, Mr. Gage became a real estate broker.The devoted family man is survived by his physician daughter, Blondell Chism; a sister, Earline Daniels; a brother, Thomas Gage, and numerous grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, 1399 McAllister St. The Rev. Amos Brown will be officiating while Hayes-White and Kevin Smith, president of the city’s black firefighters association, will offer special tributes.Hamed Aleaziz is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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