Lewis H. "Lew" Fine
Lewis H. Fine Sept. 30, 1927- April 7, 2017 It is with both deep sadness and a celebration of his life and legacy that we announce the passing of our father, friend and long-time Park City resident Lew Fine. Our father is survived by his wife of 67 years, Arlene, daughters Sheryl Barnes and Leslie Heinz, and sons Joel and Richard Fine, as well as five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The dashed line separating the two dates above could be divided in to several sections. Born in Boston as an only child, growing up on the East Coast, graduating from Northeastern University, finding Arlene and starting a family would just be one part. An amazing story by itself. Then he would go on to have a career in the retail clothing industry, moving the family from Boston to Michigan for many years. Then on to Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, a misfire to Texas, a one-year stay in Park City, then California. A return to Park City in the '80s would see him in to the next phase of his life. Lew loved Park City. He had visited in the '70s to ski, bought a condo in the '80s, and finally recognized that he needed to call it home. He became very involved in the community, more than we remembered as so many stories have surfaced in the last weeks. Lew and Arlene founded the Park City International Jazz Festival, were co-founders of the Peoples Health Clinic, served on the Restaurant Tax Commission, assisted in founding Temple Har Shalom, and played an active role in the Park City Ambassadors, re-energizing the Fourth of July Parade and Snowflakers Ball. Lew found a new career in Park City Real Estate. He was Rookie of the Year in 1988, proud to make that happen, he liked to work hard. The life of volunteerism that followed was acknowledged over the years. He was recognized by Rotary as Citizen of the Year and was given the Park City Board of Realtors Community Service Award. Lew had a wicked sense of humor and a zest for life! He loved animals and lived to travel in his retirement. He also had a thirst for learning and was a voracious reader. Our father passed with his wife and children at his side. He was laid to rest in accordance with Jewish tradition on Sunday, April 9, in the Park City Cemetery. If dad could leave you with a few words, we'd like to believe it would be: "Stop and smell the roses!" If you ever get to Ecuador, please have a drink in honor of Lew. Who knows, maybe you'll do a double take and swear you saw him chatting with the locals or soaking up the sun, sights and sounds. Dad, we just know you're flying first class! In Lieu of flowers, honor Lew by making a difference in a cause that lights you up.
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