Remembering Mayor Ed Lee

The entire Bay Area was shocked and saddened by the news this morning that San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee had died from an apparent heart attack. He was 65.  Edwin M. Lee was an affordable housing advocate and technocrat who became the first Asian-American to be elected as mayor of San Francisco.  He is survived by his wife, Anita, and his two daughters, Tania and Brianna.  I had the opportunity to meet Mayor Ed Lee in 2013 at a luncheon at Harding Park before the Charles Schwab Cup. He said a few words on how proud he was that San Francisco was hosting the event and commented on how much hard work had gone into getting the course ready for the tournament. Then, much to my surprise, he sat next to me to eat lunch. We talked about our love of golf and how we both didn’t have enough time to play as we would like to. He also told me about how important The First Tee Program was to him and how he envisioned making Golden Gate Park Golf Course a place where inter-city boys and girls could not only learn to play golf, but also work in the pro shop and snack shack,  learning real life skills that they may not otherwise get.  I’m not sure Ed Lee’s dream of seeing the city back his plan ever happen the way he wanted, but I decided that day to help out with my local chapter of The First Tee because the passionate way Mayor Lee had spoken about the program. Mayor Ed Lee certainly will be missed.

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