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Fineman, Gary M. July 5, 1947 - April 8, 2012 It is with deep sadness that the Fineman Family announces the passing of our patriarch, Gary M. Fineman. Gary peacefully succumbed to an aggressive brain cancer on April 8th, 2012. A senior partner at Fineman West & Co, Gary also had long rooted personal involvement with the City of Hope where his father, Mannie Fineman, was former President. At Hillcrest Country Club, his home away from home, he currently chaired the Green and Finance committees as well as being Treasurer of the club. Gary gave his all whether at Hillcrest, his work, or his home, taking every opportunity to make things better. This is what made him so special. It is unusual to find someone who would take the time to listen to even the smallest problems and make recommendations that came from his heart and his head. He really cared about each and every person he came in to contact with, whether they were business or personal contacts. Gary was a fierce friend who went above and beyond what was required of him to make sure others were satisfied. Gary was also involved in the Tiger Woods Foundation, the Fulfillment Fund, The Jewish Federation, and Inner-City Arts Foundations. The way Gary confronted his sickness was, in a word, fearless. Not to say he didn't have fears but he faced them and acknowledged them as a part of life, never running away from tough moments. It is a lesson we can all learn from. Gary graduated from USC Business School, passing the CPA exam in his senior year. He has been working for the same CPA firm for 43 years, eventually becoming managing partner of Fineman West & Company LLP. Aside from enjoying his weekly golf outings, Gary relished the time he got to spend walking with his yellow lab, Butters and lighting up a cigar. Gary is survived by his loving wife Cynthia. The two of them recently celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary. Their love for each other has always been unwavering. His daughter, Alexandra, is, as he describes "his finest achievement." Gary's relationship with his daughter was truly extraordinary, it was a bond that never will be broken. Gary is also survived by his brother, Jay (Ann and 2 sons, Jonas and Lars), Mother (Fran) and his sisters Vicki (Sol), Debra (Scott) and Robin (Winston). Cynthia has two sisters, Stephanie and Julia. Stephanie and her daughter Courtney have been a great source of comfort to the family. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to the Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Brain Tumor Center at Cedars Sinai in hopes that one day this terrible illness will be treatable. Please visit http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Giving.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 11, 2012
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