Sonny Siron, the beloved founder of Sonny’s Crema Cafe at 3403 Lyndale Ave. S., died Dec. 27. He was 81.
Family friends said Sonny suffered from multiple medical conditions. His family could not be immediately reached for comment about the exact cause of death.
But Carrie Gustafson, who co-owns Sonny’s Crema Cafe with Sonny’s son Ron Siron, wrote a short message about Sonny’s passing and a friend e-mailed it to Lyndale neighborhood residents.
"Sonny passed peacefully today as Ron and I held him," Gustafson wrote. "We thanked him for giving so much of himself to so many people and then we told him there was a big party: the band was waiting, wine was poured, food was getting cold and that the loved ones who passed before him were waiting, and, that he was late! He took a deep breath and just let go. He put up quite the big fight the past month (past year) but he always said that when your time was up, it was up, and it was his time."
Sonny was a neighborhood icon, not just for his ice cream, but for his longstanding relationships with others in the community. Lyndale residents rallied around Sonny last year after he was mugged during a morning walk. The incident pulled neighbors together and strengthened the community.
A celebration of Sonny’s life is scheduled to take place Jan. 5 at 5 p.m at Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401 Upton Avenue S.
Look for a full story about Sonny’s life in the Jan. 14 issue of the Southwest Journal.
To share your memories of Sonny, post on our blog, the Compost.