Citizens of the Bay Area awoke Tuesday morning to read the news that Ed Lee, who served as the mayor of San Francisco since taking over for Gavin Newsom in 2011, had passed away after a heart attack at just 65 years old.
In addition to serving the city as mayor, Lee was also a big Giants fan. The team took time out to issue its heartfelt condolences to Lee's family and friends:
We were deeply saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden passing of Mayor Ed Lee. He was a true San Franciscan who devoted his life to serving our great city and to supporting those most in need. He was the Giants' number one fan (con'd) pic.twitter.com/G2a3dHXmzV- San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) December 12, 2017
We are blessed to have shared so many wonderful memories together. He will be dearly missed by everyone in our organization. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mayor Lee's wife Anita, his daughters Brianna and Tania and his entire family during this tragic and difficult time.- San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) December 12, 2017
Hunter Pence and Christian Arroyo did as well:
My thoughts and prayers are with Mayor Lee and his family. We've always appreciated your great support and passion. pic.twitter.com/Ioks0ECpt6- Hunter Pence (@hunterpence) December 12, 2017
Extremely saddened to hear about the passing of Mayor Ed Lee. Had the privilege of speaking with him in June of 2013 on my first visit to AT&T. One of the most genuine humans I have ever met. Rest easy, you will be missed.- Christian Arroyo (@arroyo_c) December 12, 2017
As did Giants great Orlando Cepeda:
So very sad to hear of Mayor Lee's untimely passing this morning.Prayers and thoughts to his family.(earlier this year my son and grandson) pic.twitter.com/I2EyCKLQfn- Orlando Cepeda (@OrlandoCepeda30) December 12, 2017
It was Lee who delivered an enthusiastic speech at City Hall after the Giants' World Series parade in 2014:
And, three years before that, he threw out a ceremonial first pitch at AT&T Park:
Clearly, the bond between Lee and the Giants went a step beyond. May he rest in peace.