Saturday, August 11, 2012

Lee Cline

"I loved Lee. He was a man of integrity, he served his community and its people with truth and transparency even after his years on the Council. I'm honored to have called him a friend for 20 years." - MaryAnn MacGillivray to the Star News

There is a great article about Lee today in the Pasadena Star News (click here). The writer who penned it, James Figueroa, pretty much captured the spirit of Lee Cline in this passage:

For about two months last year, former City Councilman Lee Cline took a dove under his wing.

The bird had an injured wing, but had the good fortune of landing in Cline's backyard. Cline kept watch as the bird struggled, and finally managed to catch it. He then devoted his time to nursing the bird back to health.

"He would go out and sit with this bird every day and have his coffee, and talk to it," Cline's daughter Joan Annas said. "Finally when the bird was ready ... he released the dove. About a month later the dove came and landed next to my father as he was sitting outside."

"He said it came back to thank him."

Lee, as I am not at all certain you know, contributed quite a bit of content to this blog over the last several years. He was the keeper of an extraordinary amount of Sierra Madre governmental history, and his ability to organize information for me so that I could better make a point we both believed in was uncanny.

Lee's passion for preserving Sierra Madre was strong, and his knowledge on the topic was deep. He was also a very patient man, and often took the time to carefully write things out for me that he wasn't sure that I completely got.

Lee Cline will be missed. He will always be a part of what made Sierra Madre great.

Funeral services are at 11 AM this morning at the Arcadia Congregational United Church of Christ. The address is 2607 S. Santa Anita Avenue.

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14 comments:

  1. Thank you for honoring this great man.

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  2. Unbelievably, there are no comments yet this a.m. Let me be the first, then, to agree wholeheartedly with you. Lee's death is a great loss to the residents of Sierra Madre; few in this town have been so dedicated to preservation of what most of us have come to love dearly: its small-town ambience, moderate building, July 4 activities, Halloween on Alegria, hiking and running on Mt. Wilson Trail, Dr. White and the gang on Saturday mornings at the Richardson House...there is much beauty to be found in town and much to be retained, despite the press in the last 20 years to redevelop. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, eh? Lee was an intelligent and compassionate man who understood the need to protect his and his neigbors' home here without resorting to spiteful, hateful methods to make his point. He will indeed be very greatly missed.

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    1. Lee cared more about Sierra Madre than anyone I know.

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  3. Sierra Madre has lost one of his true heroes. But not only that, we have also lost a man who practiced the kind of civic involvement that is quickly becoming a lost art in these diminished times. Lee was a man who practiced the virtues of a better era. We need to follow the great example he set.

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    1. You are right 8:47. Lee Cline was a man of virtue.

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  4. Lee believed in the good of community. Those who opposed him only cared about narrow personal gain.

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  5. Truly a rare individual not often found in today's world of those who would serve the public interests. Everyone is lucky to have had his influence in the shaping of Sierra Madre as a community.

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  6. As the last members of the WWII generation pass on, taking with them the values of that era, I wonder if the self-centered, money-grubbing lawyers and developers will destroy what's left of the legacy that's been carefully nurtured in these small communities. There's no lie or manipulation that's too far beneath them to use.

    That's why they get away with it. Bunch of sociopaths that normal people can't understand. Matheson is just icing on that poisonous cake.

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    1. There were plenty of money-grubbing lawyers back during World War II. Nostalgia aside, that generation's values weren't too different than those of today.

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  7. I would like to thank Lee's wife Barbara and his children for sharing this wonderful man. Being involved in city goverment takes a lot of time and effort. Lee made it seem so simple and always worth the time. I feel that he helped me be a better member of our community.

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  8. He will be missed. Our condolences go out to his family.

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  9. The Cline family had a beautiful funeral for Lee in Arcadia, there were hundreds of people there.
    It was wonderful how they featured Lee's life at home with his family.
    Beutifully done.
    Lee was laid to rest in Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery. RIP Mr. Lee Cline.

    City councilmen, John Capoccia and Chris Koerber were in attendance as was former Mayors, MaryAnn MacGillivray and George Maurer.

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    1. Former Councilmember Don Watts was also in attendance.

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  10. Everyone has said it very eloquently. Please click on the link to the obituary in the Star News, if you haven't read it already. Sierra Madre has truly lost one of his treasures.

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