Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti was a poet who co-founded and owned the famed City Lights bookstore in San Francisco and championed Beat poets including Allen Ginsberg.

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Published in Daily Local News on Feb. 24, 2021.
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March 19, 2021
The man was a prince.
Bill English
March 11, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort the family during this difficult period.
March 8, 2021
I met Lawrence at a writer’s conference in New Orleans. His generosity and love of the written word has, since then, and before, inspired me. His legacy survives him.
Gary McCarty
Acquaintance
March 3, 2021
Sympathy to the Ferlinghetti for your loss. May the God of tender mercy comfort you at this time of sorrow.
March 2, 2021

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and friends . While cherishing the beautiful memories you have shared, may you find comfort in God’s promise of “ A wonderful hope of seeing your loved ones again”.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Ezeko & Rossy
March 1, 2021
Matthew McGuire
March 1, 2021
Started reading his poetry in high school and college, mid to late 60's. Very much identified with "I Am Waiting" as guide to my younger universe. One of the great Beat Poets. He may be gone physically, but his legacy will live as long as people read.
Charley from Lost Gatos Ashram
February 28, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family. May you find comfort
in your treasured memories of Your loved one and May God continue to comfort you in the days, months and years ahead.
February 28, 2021
I shouted "The World is a Beautiful Place to be Born Into . . ." to the accompaniment of jazz in high school English class in 1966. "Coney Island of the Mind" has been a beloved book ever since. Lawrence Ferlinghetti was one of my heroes and will be until the day I die. Thank you for being pure and honest, Mr. Ferlinghetti.
Patricio Cordova
February 28, 2021
I loved Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poetry, and shared a selection from PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD with a class while in high school during the 1960s. He was an original. Thank you for the reality and beauty of your poems. RIP
Nancy Angsten
February 28, 2021
times condolences in the family. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family, doing these difficult times.
February 28, 2021
My condolences.
February 27, 2021
Great poetry and a great group of poets and writers. Met him only one time, but I remember him as an open and exciting person who invited me to visit him at his home.
Philip Massa
Friend
February 27, 2021
What an inspiration and support for so many, a talented poet. My sincere condolences to the Ferlinghetti family and friends, so very sorry for your loss.
February 27, 2021
My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
My father , James Bell "big Jim" was a frequent visitor to the "City Lights book store" back in the day. I have warm memories on our, (shared birthday) walking thru North Beach and stopping there, on our way over to " Vesuvios cafe". God bless.
Hope Bell
Acquaintance
February 27, 2021
Lawrence's life touched all of ours. May his memory find home in our hearts.
Michael Crowley
February 26, 2021
The best thing to do for Lawrence is to keep his Bookstore open for poetry. Good fighter. "rest before labour" W Blake, the first Beat. RIP
Robert Wheeler
Significant_other
February 26, 2021
Rest in Peace
February 26, 2021
My sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Lawrence Ferlinghetti. May his poetry remain his legacy , to continue to be enjoyed by all who read his works.
L. M.
February 26, 2021
Thank you for all your kind supervision over the decades . I will always remember our morning in the art gallery exhibit together. Fond memories to all .
H Bradley Larson
Acquaintance
February 26, 2021
Great poet and person. Had the pleasure of meeting him in Lowell
at the dedication of the Kerouac Mmeorial.
Don Motier
Acquaintance
February 26, 2021
Heartfelt condolences to the Ferlinghetti family, so very sorry for your loss, may God be with you in your time of sorrow.
February 25, 2021
Sincere condolences to the Ferlinghetti family. Lawrence was a sweetheart and fabulous human being. I shall miss him forever.

Much love to you all,
Michelle McFee
Michelle McFee
Acquaintance
February 25, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Ann Treboux
Friend
February 25, 2021
Wishing Lawrence safe passage into whatever is next. His words and his city lights will continue to carry us until it is our turn.
R Call
Acquaintance
February 25, 2021
He gave me the best compliment I ever got in 1982. Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose
Acquaintance
February 25, 2021
While living on Chestnut Street at Columbus , I practically spent all of my free time at City Lights and had the pleasure of meeting Lawrence on several occasions . North Beach was my stomping grounds in the 80's and 90's before moving to the Mission district .
Lawrence and the north beach scene was and still is outta sight .
The beatniks and the poets and the book stores and coffee shops make life interesting and worth living . RIP Lawrence . City Lights improved my life and sharpened my views .

Greg Williams
SFCA
Greg Williams
Friend
February 25, 2021
Sincere condolences to the Family, May the God of Comfort take care of your family during this very difficult time. May he give you his peace and loving kindness to help you cope with the precious loss in your lives. Thank you for his City Lights Bookstore.
BRY
February 25, 2021
So sorry to the family for the loss of your dear love one. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Trust in God with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.
Steele
February 25, 2021
Lawrence will be deeply missed. Our condolences to Lorenzo and family from all of us.
The Leonardo da Vinci Society of San Francisco
sabrinS Longega Wilson
Friend
February 25, 2021
Thankyou
Melody McDannell
Teacher
February 25, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort the family during this difficult time.
February 24, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Ann
Friend
February 24, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Ann Treboux
Friend
February 24, 2021
My sincere condolences to family and friends. Your beloved was such a wonderful talented and gifted man, may the memories of him last forever.
Carolyn A.Ward
February 24, 2021
I send sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Ferlinghetti for your loss. May God comfort you and strengthen you during your time of loss.
Mary
Neighbor
February 24, 2021
I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of mr. Lawrence ferlinghetti may the God of tender mercies grant him peace
February 24, 2021
Farewell, Lawrence ferlinghetti:

Rest In Peace, and enjoy the journey. I know of you via a long term resident of the city by the bay, Gavin Arthur, who proceeded you by nearly 49 years, whose biography I’m writing.
john reich-Reid/Nicole Reid-Reich
Friend
February 24, 2021
Lawrence Ferlinghetti's contribution to poetry in America was immense and his defence of freedom of expression under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was historic. May his poetic soul rest in peace & joy.
Hugh McFadden
Friend
February 24, 2021
Your poetry was a light to guide me in my craft as a poet.
Lorna MacLachlan
Friend
February 24, 2021
To the family,

I would like to extend my condolences to you. Life is truly precious and when we lose our loved ones it breaks our heart. Please know that God is there as a source of comfort and strength. He will hold on to you and help you get through this difficult time. Isa. 41:10.
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