F. Warren Hellman, Beloved Father, Husband, Brother; Private Equity Pioneer; Founder of San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
(1934 - 2011)

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the San Francisco Free Clinic (sffc.org), The Bay Citizen (baycitizen.org) and the San Francisco School Alliance (sfschoolalliance.org). Also, consider a donation of blood or platelets to your local blood bank. In San Francisco and the Bay Area, Blood Centers of the Pacific (bloodcenters.org) provides this gift of life to those in need.

A memorial service is being held Wednesday December 21 in San Francisco, and will be streamed online here at this website starting at 1pm PST.

Shortly before 1pm, reload this page and a video player will become available.

Within a few weeks a community celebration of Warren's life will be announced.

Yes, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival will go on!
Next year's dates are October 5, 6, & 7, 2012

"What does move me is the philanthropic stuff," he told Forbes magazine in 2006. "Giving really does move me. Part of it is selfish. It's fun to be appreciated. But the other part is that good things really are growing."

He called the bluegrass festival a "selfish gift," one that he, the musicians and the community could all enjoy.

"How could you have more fun than that?" he told Forbes. "What the hell is money for if it isn't for something like that?"

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