San Mateo Mourns Loss of Former Mayor John Lee

Lee, who served 13 years on the San Mateo City Council, died after battling cancer.

The city of San Mateo has announced the of former mayor John Lee, who died after a battle with cancer.

In a on San Mateo Patch, Deputy Mayor David Lim highlighted Lee's many accomplishments in his terms on the San Mateo City Council, including the building of the Century 12 Downtown San Mateo movie theatres, the state-of-the-art San Mateo Public Library and the San Mateo Police Department.

Lee served 13 years on the San Mateo City Council, from 1998 through 2011, when he retired due to term limits. Lee served as mayor to the City of San Mateo three times, most recently in 2010.

Did you know John Lee or remember his time on the city council? Leave a comment below or post a photo on this page.


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Denise Nelson May 08, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Not only did John serve selflessly for his community, he was equally as caring for the individuals around him. In particular, I remember he & Jan bringing home made soup over the house after I had surgery. Also he attended a volunteer dinner for my group in place of family that couldn't make it. Small things but things that take time for someone to give from their personal life for a person they work with in a small way. But that was John Lee. Caring, straight forward, sincere his wish to better his community. A loss for us all. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
Lenny Vagt May 08, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I worked for John Lee at Telogy and he always a go-to Individual. I was never afraid to go into his office and close the door and tell him how I felt about things that were going on. John and I would put down the good and bad things on how something would effect me. He was one of the Founders of our Company. Just last week I visited him at Stanford Oncology Unit and John wasn't the same person. It took a few minutes to recognize who I was. He was already going to the Other Side. I gave him a Get Well card and a copy of all of the tweets people who I worked for had posted and his Son read them to him. All of us have lost a GIANT in the Test & Measurement World. You could always sit down and talk Football and about Politics with him. A lot of People would never know but John was Die-Hard Republican and he had choice words about that Individual who is in the White House. God Bless his Soul and My Prayers are with his Family and I will sorely miss him. Leonard j. Vagt
Al Boe May 08, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Lee back in October at a youth event. Although we didn't speak for more than an hour, it felt like I had gotten to know him very well. He was a great man, and a great leader in San Mateo. RIP
robin rennells May 09, 2012 at 03:24 PM
John Lee was my mother's brother. He was a person who would light up a room with his presence and make you glad you just spoke with him. My impression of him was that he was a sincere person who was the same in or out of the spotlight. His community and family was blessed to have him in thier lives. Robin Rennells/Arizona
Laura Dudnick May 09, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Hi all, thank you for your comments. If anyone would like to be interviewed for a follow-up story about John Lee, please e-mail me at laura.dudnick@patch.com before 2 p.m. today. Thanks, Laura Dudnick, Editor, San Mateo Patch


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