One of Mayor Lee's first major political actions following his election in 2011 was to veto a last-minute Board of Supervisors resolution that targeted closing the San Francisco-owned public seaside links at Sharp Park, the early-1930’s public masterpiece of master architect Alister MacKenzie. That misguided resolution would have resulted in the giveaway of Sharp Park to the federal government. “When it counted, Mayor Lee stepped up for public golf and public golfers,” remarked San Francisco Public Golf Alliance co-founder Bo Links. “He knew from his own life how important golf can be to people. Public course golfers never had a better friend.”
The Mayor and his wife Anita are parents of two daughters -- Brianna and Tania. In 2014, Mayor Lee organized his Mayor’s Women’s Golf Council, with the stated purpose of making San Francisco the most golf-friendly major city in the County for women. Lyn Nelson, past Executive Director of the Northern California Golf Association, and President of the Women’s Golf Council, praised Mayor Lee saying: “His passion for sharing the game, growing participation, and preserving facilities for future players was monumental for golf... The women and men who are council members are committed to continue the Mayor’s vision to share the values of the game of golf and grow participation.”
Growing up in public housing, the son of Chinese immigrants, Ed Lee was an unlikely golfer and an even unlikelier big-city Mayor. Throughout his career, he found relaxation, companionship, and fun in golf, which he shared by rebuilding and defending San Francisco’s public courses and expanding the game to women, youth, and future generations. He was a Champion of San Francisco golf.
Well played, Mister Mayor.
Edwin Mah Lee, May 5, 1952 – December 12, 2017
Mayor Lee’s life was celebrated in a moving 90-minute memorial service Sunday, December 17, 2017 at San Francisco City Hall, with tributes from his daughters, Acting Mayor London Breed, Governor Jerry Brown, US Senator Diane Feinstein, US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and former mayors Gavin Newsom and Willie Brown. The memorial service can be viewed on SF Government TV
Mayor’s Lee’s family has established a charitable fund in his memory.
Donations may be made by check payable to “The San Francisco Foundation – Edwin M. Lee Community Fund” and mailed to:
The San Francisco Foundation,
Attn: Ruben Orduña
One Embarcadero Center #1400
San Francisco, CA. 94117