Mayor Lee’s Statement on Passing of San Francisco Icon Wilkes Bashford
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on the passing of San Francisco icon and civic leader Wilkes Bashford who lost his battle with cancer:
“San Francisco is deeply heartbroken by the sudden passing of Wilkes Bashford, the dapper business and civic leader that represented the best of our City.
I have great respect for Wilkes in creating the renowned world class Wilkes Bashford Company that started in downtown San Francisco in 1966 and has grown in success over the last five decades.
But it was also his lifelong dedication to our communities and our City that I admire the most. As President of the War Memorial Board of Trustees, Wilkes oversaw our City’s treasured performing arts venues and recently presided over the reopening and rededication of the War Memorial Veterans Building after a historic multi-year safety renovation. We were fortunate to have called him a true friend of our City.
San Francisco will not be the same without Wilkes Bashford. Our thoughts and prayers remain with his family and friends at this time of mourning and sadness. ”