Thousands of political luminaries and San Francisco residents packed City Hall to celebrate the life of Mayor Ed Lee on Sunday.
Lee was eulogized as a tireless, unassuming civil servant, who broke through a political ceiling by becoming the city's first Asian-American mayor.
"One of the great legacies of Ed’s life is that a new generation of Asian-Americans now know that an Asian-American can run and be successful in the highest office in this city," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Acting Mayor London Breed recalled a trip she took with Lee to Shanghai, San Francisco's sister city, a few years ago. She said Lee was treated like a rock star.
“He was like Beyonce with the mustache," Breed said.
Governors, mayors and members of Congress with centuries of collective time in public office all marveled at the dedication Lee poured into his own public service. Along with Feinstein and Breed, Gov. Jerry Brown, U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Chief of Protocol Charlotte Mailliard Shultz, former Secretary of State George Shultz and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown all spoke at the service.