Ed Lee, San Francisco mayor, remembered at ‘celebration of life’

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San Francisco mayor Ed Lee dead at 65

No cause of death reported for the city’s 43rd mayor.

San Francisco mayor Ed Lee has a smile for Sunday, in his humility, integrity, and contagious during a public celebration of his life at the town hall, accompanied by family members, former employees, politicians, and citizens.

Lee, died last week at the age of 65 years, had a love of life and dedication to public service, said Gov. Jerry Brown, one of several prominent Democrats, spoke at the ceremony.

“I never saw him down,” said Brown. “Every time you saw him, he was happy, he was the expression of a very positive attitude.”

Lee, also a Democrat, was San Francisco’s first Asian-American mayor and a former civil rights lawyer who led the city out of recession and into economic recovery, driven by the technology sector.

He died in the beginning of Dec. 12 after the collapse of the night before you go to a grocery store. The medical examiner’s office has not released a cause of death.

Acting mayor London breed recalled the enthusiastic reception Lee received in the framework of an official visit to China, where his parents were born.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke at the service celebrating the life of mayor Ed Lee at the San Francisco City Hall.

(Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool)

“He was like a superstar. A Symbol,” she said. “Everywhere we went and everyone we met, Lee was like BeyoncΘ with a mustache.”

Lee’s coffin was not present, as it was on Friday, when his body lay in rest in the rotunda of City Hall.

His daughters, Tania Lee and Brianna Lee, shared the microphone and remembered her father for his boundless energy when it came to serve San Francisco, be it by talking, stuffing envelopes, or to Wake up early on the weekend to paint over graffiti.

“It was the absolute love for the city that held him, will said,” Brianna Lee.

The women announced the formation of the Edmund M. Lee-Community-Fund, continue to ask the important for the deceased former mayor, including care for the homeless and the fight against discrimination.

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and sen Dianne Feinstein, both from San Francisco, including the price of Lee.

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, center, react during the service celebrating the life of mayor Ed Lee at the San Francisco City Hall.

(Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool)

Local celebrities, government, workers, and residents came to bid farewell to Lee on Friday. Many were currently in front of his closed coffin, which was draped in an American flag, and behind velvet rope. Some bowed or prayed, saluted, or cried, before she could write to a place on the page where you condolences.

Outside the building, bouquets of flowers and hand-written notes, half of the steps filled. A message on a piece of Batik cloth to the San Francisco Bay Area-based Grateful Dead, and his late guitarist Jerry Garcia.

“RIP. ‘What a long strange trip it is.’ P. S. say Hello to Jerry,” read it.

San Francisco resident Calvin Yee said he knew the mayor, but identified with Lee, who is also a second generation Chinese American. Yee wants his two sons, a college student and a college to emulate a graduate, Lee dedication in the public service.

“I want you to know that the public service is a valued and important part of our daily life and you can serve other people, and that is how you are to me, true happiness,” said Yee.

Edwin Mah Lee was born 5. In may 1952, in Seattle to immigrants from Toisan, a rural village in China’s southern Guangdong province. His father was a chef, and his mother a seamstress. She raised Lee and his five siblings in public housing.

Lee was city administrator when he was appointed to serve the remainder of former mayor Gavin Newsom’s term of office in 2011. He was elected to the position elected later this year, and he was again in 2015.

Supporters say Lee fought homelessness, and built affordable housing is different than all of San Francisco’s mayor in front of him.

Critics accused him, for a modern San Francisco, where the jobs are, but the real estate prices are among America’s highest.

But opponents and supporters praised him as a friendly, courteous man, whose pun is omitted.

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