Frank Edward Lembi

  • Born: April 28, 1918
  • Died: March 5, 2019
  • Location: Burlingame, California

Crosby-N. Gray & Co. - FD-96

2 Park Road
Burlingame, CA 94010

Tel. (650) 342-6617

Tribute & Message From The Family


April 28, 1918 - March 5, 2019
Frank Edward Lembi passed away at home surrounded by his family on March 5th, at nearly 101 years old for his upcoming birthday on 4-28-19. A great visionary of San Francisco's Skyline Realty is gone, marking the end of an era that began with the veterans returning home from WWII.

Frank E. Lembi, a.k.a. F.E.L. by family and colleagues lived an amazing life. A native of San Francisco, the eldest son to his Italian immigrant parents, Orlando and Ida (Bedini) Lembi at their home on York St. during WWI. He lived through the Great Depression and was taught his hard work ethic by working at his parent's grocery store on upper Market St. He and his father were also bootleggers during Prohibition. This was the beginning of his life-long dedication to hard work which he instilled in his own family.

On May 15th 1940, at age 22 Frank was "out for blood" in the AMS Fights at the Coliseum Bowl to fight Bud Calloway. "Into the land of sweet dreams, is belligerent Frank Lembi"
F.E.L. won this fight and never went back in the ring honoring his mother's wishes. He was and always will be The Champ!

During WWII, Frank not only served as a Tech Sargent in the pharmacy department in both the European and the Pacific Theatres, but also was present as a medic in Hiroshima during the Japanese surrender after the dropping of the atomic bomb. Those who heard his war stories listened intently and with respect honoring him.

Returning to San Francisco to his beloved wife Olga in 1946. Later they made a home in Burlingame with their four children. Frank built a real estate empire: Skyline Realty with nothing but a fearless entrepreneurial spirit and the money from his GI Bill. "LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION" was FEL's motto. "I did it myself and never listened to anyone. I was successful. Think BIG!"

With his son Walter Lembi, beginning in the 1970's and his longtime partner Billie Salevouris he expanded his holdings in SF to include Continental Savings of America, Home Owners Finance, and CitiApartments, which at its peak in 2008 made him the largest single owner of apartments in San Francisco.

With his daughter Yvonne Lembi Detert, together father and daughter created Personality Hotels, SF's first boutique hotel company of eight hotels on Union Square. With his grandson Damon Lembi he started LearnIT, now the largest computer training company in Northern California. His daughters Francine Lembi Jack and Lisa Lembi Sayed also served the family as trustees and advisors to the family businesses.

At Frank's 100th Birthday last April 28th, his family, his friends and past agents got together to honor him at The City Club of San Francisco. Everyone shared stories about how F.E.L. and his son ran the best real estate school in San Francisco. Others honored him and thanked him for all he did to help them in business as well as lifelong friendships. This was the true celebration of life for F.E.L. and as he said "It's been a long journey with some sorrow, but mostly joy!"
Frank loved to travel. He took his family and grandchildren on extraordinary and breathtaking journeys to see the world on planes, trains and luxury cruises, always with that elegant F.E.L. style. "Familia" was the love he had for his family. Vino, bread sticks, and a family dinner were always what F.E.L. wanted. Salute!
Frank is survived by his three daughters and devoted son in laws, Francine and Ian Jack, Lisa and Gary Sayed and Yvonne and Marc Detert, his 11 grandchildren & four great grandchildren. He was always surrounded by his family, as well as his loving home caregivers, Gwen, Ella & Beth, Virginia the Cardiac Case Manager at Mission Hospice, and his nurse and past business partner Sharon Youngberg of Medical Care Professionals. They are true testament to his long healthy life.
There will only be a memorial. Services will be held at Crosby-N-Gray & Co. at 3:00PM on Tuesday March 19th at 2 Park Road Burlingame.
In lieu of flowers F.E.L. would want it his way by requesting donations to The Salvation Army because they always greeted him in WWII with hot coffee & donuts Or to Mission Hospice Home Care San Mateo for the health care and dedication they gave to our father.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

The billion dollar Master Mind Deal. i never new weather to call him Frank or Mr. Lembi because he was my boss but also welcomed me with a kind warm freindly spirit like we had a spiritual connection. As i am also a native of San Franciscio and half Italian i looked at Frank as a father figure. And always admired the way he was able to get Tamalpais and other banks to fund 110% of the purchase price,renovation and relocation of tenat cost on almost 200 buildings bringing the portfolio to over 300 buildings.Then during the great 2010 crash all the buildings that were returned to the banks had been 100 percent finaced still leaving him with his origanal 130 buildings.INGENIOUS. May you reach higher degrees of illumanation in the great celestial lodge in the sky.PEACE OLD MAN.

Daniel LoBuglio Garcia
June 5,2019
www.shiningbizness.com

Posted by Frank Lembi - San Francisco, CA - teacher   June 05, 2019

Mr. Lembi,

You were such an inspiration to me. I enjoyed every minute I spend with you and Walter learning about real estate and business.

I remember you always telling me, "save your money and buy
real estate". You don't want to be in the restaurant business, you
want to be a landlord. I took your work. You were absolutely right.

We had a good time as business partners at Red's. Though the good times and bad, you were always positive about the business and because Walter was such a great marketer, we did make it.

After we sold the restaurant, you and Walter took me on broker's
open houses and I was fortunate enough to see first hand how you made a real estate deal happen quickly. And quickly how
your empire grew and grew. You were the king of SF real estate.
So humble and gracious outside, but a true tough businessman
inside that had so much foresight.

There will never be another Frank Lembi, who had the foresight
in San Francisco real estate. A true visionary......

Thanks Mr. Lembi, for all the memories. We'll meet again soon.

Always and forever your true friend,

Doug Wong

Posted by A friend   April 29, 2019

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You were a Blessing to many and enjoyed your sense of humor and character so much ~ Wonderful memories shared ~
Amadis (Garth)

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My heartfelt condolences to the Lembi Family. My life was changed forever and for the better the day I walked in the door at Church and Market forty-five years ago. Instead of renting an apartment, Frank helped me buy a building. He was such a great example of hard work and good health. When most people are retiring Frank was at midlife. He touched and helped so many and he left the world in better place.

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I have never known anyone who provided more opportunities for more people to be successful. Frank did not care about resumes. He talked with people and if he trusted them he gave them a job.

Posted by Dick Lepre - PLEASANT HILL, CA   March 15, 2019

My deepest condolence for you loss of your father, grandfather and great grandfather.
I worked for Skyline Realty many years. Most of our wealth today was due to Frank. He made it possible for us to buy 2243-2256 15th Street. Billie gave us a $100,000 second. I remember his schnapps with the ginseng root on the bottom. That must have given him more longevity. Well, he is with Olga, Walter and Billie now. Thank you, Frank, for the wealth we enjoy today. You did it!!! We love you, Frank! Rest in peace!

Christina and Dan Moritz
Huntington Beach, CA

Posted by Christina Moritz - Huntington Beach, CA   March 15, 2019

Rest in Peace Mr. Lembi. I could never forget Sunday dinners at the house in Burlingame and how welcome you made me feel those many years ago. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
David E. Kazanjian

Posted by David Kazanjian - EL SOBRANTE, CA - Friend   March 15, 2019

rest in peace Frank (FEL). Considering all the business and life acumen I gathered in your presence the one thing I take away is how you taught me to treat people. This will be your life gift to me. Thanks.

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Uncle Frank glad to have had the pleasure as a young teen to experience your wisdom and fun! Rest in peace. What a long and prosperous life, nice job! Thoughts and wishes of peace to the family.
Darlene

Posted by Darlene Davis (Borovkoff) - Sacramento, CA   March 13, 2019

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RIP FEL. You did it your way and lived a great long life. So many wonderful memories with FEL and lots of laughs. I know you're making deals up there.

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Our deepest sympathy go out to you. The God of peace will give you peace and encouragement Psmals 94: 14.

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