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Absinthe/Sauce Bartender Killed in Motorcycle Crash

The local bartending community lost one of its veterans this week, as Erik Dean, 51, was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. On July 8, Dean, who had worked a full day bartending in the morning at Absinthe and in the evening at Sauce, was riding a motorcycle home down Van Ness when a car inadvertently ran a red light and hit him. Though conscious when an ambulance arrived, Dean succumbed to internal bleeding while in surgery at SF General. The driver cooperated with the police, who have not pressed charges at this time.

Dean was a prolific bartender, having also worked at Paragon, Betelnut, MoMo's, The Old Ship, The Caribbean Zone, Mecca, Gordon's House of Fine Eats, TGIF, and many other local spots. "He was an incredible bartender who took pride in his work and expected others to do the same," says friend Jamae Tasker. Dean was a teacher and mentor to many local bartenders, and was known for his adventurous spirit and love of travel. For those who wish to commemorate Dean's life, a service will be held this Sunday, July 20th, at Belden Lane, from 11 am-4 pm, followed by a reception at Comstock Saloon. Friends are also encouraged to submit pictures and remembrances to a Facebook page set up in Dean's honor. Condolences to Dean's friends and family.

· Celebrating Erik Dean [Facebook]

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