Celebration of the Life of Mike Lefiti

Forwarded from the Diamond Heights Neighborhood Association and Cameron Partridge, St. Aidan’s Church:

 

What: A Diamond Heights Neighborhood Celebration of the Life of Mike Lefiti
When: Saturday, August 19, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Where: St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive, corner of Diamond Heights Blvd and Gold Mine Drive.

The Diamond Heights neighborhood lost a dear friend in June when UPS driver Mike Lefiti died in a horrific shooting at the UPS facility in San Francisco. For weeks neighbors gathered outside Creighton’s Coffee Shop at the Diamond Heights Shopping Center, mourning Mike and sharing stories of how he impacted people’s lives in this neighborhood every day.

In conversation with Mike’s daughter Mercedes Lefiti, with Jeanette Oliver, and with others from around the community, we have scheduled a neighborhood-based gathering to honor Mike on Saturday, August 19.

The purpose of this service is to open a space of story-sharing, to connect with one another, and with Mike’s family, as Mike connected with us. At the conclusion of the service, we’ll walk to Mike’s memorial space in front of Creighton’s and bless two benches that are being given in his memory. Please come, and bring your stories.

For more information, call St. Aidan’s at 415-285-9540.

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Bruce Bonacker passed away on August 3, 2017

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Bruce Bonacker

By Michael Rice, past president, Glen Park Association

Bruce Bonacker, architect, community activist, historic preservation advocate, and long-time Glen Park resident, passed away on August 3, 2017, at age 69. Bruce had been in treatment for over a year for a rare form of cancer, but he was engaged in Glen Park Association work, in his usual insightful and vigorous way, until about a month ago, when I last spoke with him.

Bruce is survived by his sisters Jeanne Baum and Elizabeth Stevens, both in the Albany, New York area, as well as his four nephews and nieces and numerous grand-nephews and grand-nieces. His sisters were with him in San Francisco when he passed away.

I had the pleasure of working with Bruce on many Glen Park planning, housing, and historic resource issues. Bruce, in fact is one of the main reasons I became active in the Glen Park Association, about 15 years ago, when we debated different sides of a local issue. We served together on the GPA board all the way up to 2017. As I wrote in an interview with Bruce in the December 2016 Glen Park News:

“Bruce and I have sometimes disagreed on issues and strategies, but his opinions and counsel have been a big contribution to the Glen Park Association for many years. He twice served as GPA president, and is currently on the GPA Zoning and Planning Committee, and the Glen Park Greenway committee.”

[Please see this story for more about Bruce.

Bruce grew up in the Albany, NY area, completed an architecture degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, then served in VISTA, aiding migrant agricultural workers in upstate New York to develop their own homes.

He moved to San Francisco in the late 70’s, and came to Glen Park in 1980, buying a home on Van Buren Street. Along with his GPA efforts, I am still compiling a list of Bruce’s other committees and organizations he helped in San Francisco.

Bruce was a long-time board member, with a stint as president, of San Francisco Heritage, the architectural preservation organization. Donations in his memory can be made to San Francisco Heritage.

A memorial service is planned for later.

 

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Greenway Clean Up: Fennel Version

What: Glen Park Greenway Clean Up and Potluck
Tools provided. Bring water, sunscreen, and a potluck dish to share.
When: Saturday, August 12, 9 a.m. to noon
Where: On the Greenway behind St. John School, between Chilton and Burnside

Work as much or as little as you’d like. All help is appreciated!
Questions? Contact GPA VP and organizer Stephany Wilkes at stephany.wilkes@gmail.com.

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