"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.