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Allen Fine

Wilmington - Allen Fine passed away on March 26, 2018. Yet, his unflagging courage, tranquil grace and impish humor remain with us. These defining traits sustained him, and comforted and inspired his loving family and friends throughout the physical and emotional roller coaster of the last two years.

In his youth Allen was a talented baseball pitcher; a high school and college star who played for the Florida Instructional league for a year and a half in the Minnesota Twins organization. He joked that if only he had been taller, he would have been a contender, but he loved the game and continued playing through his twenties in Philadelphia's semi-pro Penn-Del Baseball League. As Pop Pop, he delighted in attending his grandchildren's athletic events and dramatic and musical performances.

After Allen graduated from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (now Jefferson University) with a BS in management and marketing in 1964, he opened up the Baby's Room, in Bala Cynwyd, PA, Marlton, NJ and Frasier, PA, with his first wife, Debbie. Their unique concept of custom room design/furniture purchase was an instantaneous success, and the stores became destination choices for many in the area. They also created two wonderful children, Emily and Matthew, to whom Allen was devoted.

As a young man, Allen loved adventure and excitement: the physicality of scuba diving, sky diving and skiing, the challenge of piloting lessons, the novelty of traveling. Throughout his life he was a proud, self-professed "homie," cheering all of the Philadelphia teams on with equal fervor through success and challenge, and celebrating this year's Super Bowl triumph with great joy.

In his early 50s, Allen joined the Peace Corps, and spent two years in Uzbekistan where he taught English and economics in the University. He considered this time one of the most significant experiences of his life, and remains dear friends with his host, Farruh, wife Dilya and their children to this day.

At age 60, he met Lynn, who he cherished and called "his bride" throughout their fourteen lucky, grateful, loving years together. During their marriage, he proudly earned his international certification in drug/alcohol treatment, and his area of expertise included individual and group therapy at Brandywine Counseling, Probation and Parole, Cherry Lane, in Wilmington, DE.

Upon his retirement four years ago he became a committed volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House and a faithful student in the continuing education program at the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute. Together, Allen and Lynn enjoyed long weekends in Cape May, cruising, traveling, movies, spending time with their families, their beloved cats and their own quiet company.

Allen had a green thumb with plants, animals and people. He paid attention, asked questions and cared about the answers. He will be sorely missed by his family, his many friends, and particularly by his wife, Lynn, his daughter, Emily (Jeff) and son Matthew (Heather), his sister Harriet and her family, and the grandchildren he so deeply loved: Adam, Evan, Ethan and Samara.

A funeral service will be held at Roosevelt Memorial Park, 2701 Old Lincoln Highway, Trevose, Pennsylvania at 9:00 am on Thursday, March 29. Shiva will be held immediately following the Thursday service, and continuing Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Shiva will continue on Friday the 30th, from 2:00 to 7:00 pm at the home of Matthew and Heather Fine, 1423 Suffolk Lane, Wynnewood, PA.

A memorial service in the Quaker tradition for family and friends will be held in Allen's honor on Monday, April 2, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm at the Wilmington Friends Lower School Meeting Room, at 101 School Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.

Those who wish to make donations in Allen's name can contribute to the Ronald McDonald House, Wilmington, DE, to Wilmington Friends School, Wilmington, DE, or to the Helen Graham Center, Newark, DE.
Published in The News Journal on Mar. 28, 2018
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