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July 20, 2014
Johnny, and family, I was sorry to read of your family loss. I remember stopping to talk to the Captain on his dog walks in the Potrero district, he would always end with "if you need anything just call me"
July 19, 2014
A man of honor and true gentleman, who exemplified the kind of old-time American values that are, sadly, harder to find these days. Frank Syme was part of a generation of Americans — and San Franciscans — who made our country and our City what it is today. Through his work in the San Francisco Police Department, he no doubt influenced many younger officers under his leadership. Frank was a straight shooter, who never forgot his Potrero neighborhood roots, who liked a good cup of tea, and who would not hesitate to tell you how he felt. In my 20+ years of knowing him through renting space in the waterfront property where he grew up, I found that he was always extremely fair in his dealings. His word was his bond. He was humble, trust-worthy, and put the needs of others before himself. He was wise and well read and spoke with a linguistic elegance that I always appreciated. Frank didn't need a lot of attention, but he always had mine. I am honored to have known Frank Syme, and appreciate what he did for me in my life. My condolences to the Syme family. May Frank rest in peace.
July 18, 2014
A gentleman, a leader, a man of honor. I remember Francis Syme as the citywide Night Supervising Captain. At the beginning of my shift, at the old Southeast Station, he could be found waiting for the 22 Filmore to take him to the Hall of Justice. An offer to give him a ride to The Hall was always met with a refusal "you boys have police work to do". You had to make up a story to get him in the radio-car and bring him to 850 Bryant St. He was always the best friend of the working cop. Rest in Peace Captain, my condolences to your family.
July 17, 2014
I was lucky to serve under Francis Syme while I was assigned to Potrero Station from 1971 to 1981. He was my Lieetenant. He was a true gentleman who always put his troops first. I remember on one ocassion when I asked for a day off to go to a family funtion that happened to be on the weekend and we were short handed he said to me "That's fine officer if I have to I'll handle the runs myself". He was a no nonsense gentleman.
My condolences to his family. He will surely be missed.We need more supervisors like him.He was one of a kind.

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