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Mark Ian "Bear" SILVERSTEIN Mark Ian "Bear" Silverstein died January 14, 2010 at Providence Mt St Vincent, with his wife, daughter and dear friends at his side. Brain aneurysms and a series of strokes over three years finally overcame his enormous zest for life. The proprietor of West Seattle Cellars since 1999, and a discerning wine taster and judge, Bear was passionate about introducing people to great wine. Music was an even greater passion. Born December 17, 1956 in San Mateo, CA, he was adopted a week later by Barnard and Constance Silverstein. He was active in Boy Scouts (Order of the Arrow) and came of age in the San Francisco music scene of the seventies, working in the record business and catching every show possible at the Fillmore and Cow Palace. After moving to Seattle, he promoted many outstanding Celtic folk concerts, mixed sound at the Mission Folk Festival, and played in a number of Celtic rock and avant garde bands. Bear met his wife, Bridgett Chandler, at a music festival in Canada. The couple married in 1993 and settled in West Seattle. While Bear's love of music and appreciation for great wine were legendary, nothing compares to his infinite love for his daughter, Anna Constance, born in August, 2000. Bear was a graduate of The Evergreen State College, where he relished studying music theory, history, and constitutional law. A natural community-builder, Bear served on a variety of boards and helped many local and global groups, including Friends of the Cedar River Watershed, Mission Folk Festival, West Seattle Helpline, Westside School, and Water First. He was committed to social justice, to honoring the earth, and to bringing a more loving world into being. He is survived by his wife and daughter and a great circle of friends. The loss of Bear's physical presence is the universe's gain as his spirit is free to help us all be the creative and compassionate people we were born to be. A memorial service will be held at St. John's Church, 3050 California Ave SW, Sunday, January 31 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Mission Folk Festival, Box 3125, Mission, BC, Canada, V2V 4J3, and tax deductible donations for Anna's education and Bear's medical costs can be made through Anna's church, Friends of the One, Bear Fund, P.O. Box 18646, Seattle, WA 98118.
Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2010
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