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Gary L. Antonoff, real estate developer and community activist, died on Wednesday. He was 81. Antonoff founded Antonoff and Company in 1967. Over the years, he owned properties near the Cherry Creek shopping center, Adams and Arapahoe counties, downtown Denver, and in states nationwide. He was best known for the development of neighborhood shopping centers and manufactured housing communities. In the civic arena, he was chairman of the committee that successfully raised the funds to support the City of Denver's effort to annex land for Denver International Airport. Antonoff also served on the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Committee for DIA. He was co-chair of the finance committee that raised the funds required to pass a sales tax to fund Coors Field. He also served on the Colorado Baseball Commission and was recently honored with other commission members in celebrating 25 years of the Rockies being in Denver. He was instrumental in bringing NBA basketball to Denver. In the late 1970's, he was Chair of the Board of the Denver Nuggets, leading a group of business people who purchased the team and establishing local ownership. His charitable activities include serving as Campaign Chairman, Board member, and President of Jewish Colorado; on the board of Rose Medical Center; National Jewish Hospital; the Jewish Community Center and the Anti Defamation League. Antonoff was also on the Denver Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Sports Commission. He has been active in University of Colorado activities. He was a member of the President's Business Council, a member of the board of advisors of the Leeds School of Business, treasurer of the University Improvement Corporation, and member of the real estate council. Within the last few years, he and his wife established the Donna T. and Gary L. Antonoff Scholarship Fund for students in the CU Leeds College of Business. The funds are earmarked for the students interested in studying business ethics. Antonoff graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1958. He leaves a trail of love that includes his wife Donna Torrey Antonoff, a son, Douglas Antonoff, and daughter Wendy (David) Berman. He had 3 grandchildren: Joshua Berman, Katie (and Zach) Berman Stein, and Lauren Antonoff. His brother is Steven R. Antonoff of Denver. Gary is also survived by his former wife Carol Karsh. An avid golfer, he played 18 holes two days before he died. Service, Sunday, 1:00 p.m., Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street; Interment Emanuel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to charity of choice.




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Published in Denver Post from Sep. 21 to Sep. 23, 2018.
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September 27, 2018
Psalm 90:10 says that the days of our years are 70 years, And if because of special mightiness they are 80 years. May the memories of the wonderful times you shared together bring a smile and joy in your heart.
September 27, 2018
To the Antonoff family: Mr. Antoniff was always so kind to me when I was a paralegal and then a young lawyer. I only worked with him peripherally with my colleagues who were his counsel. But whenever I saw him he always said hello, even years later when I know he didn't really remember who I was. He would always shake my hand with a big smile. I felt so special. HE was special and had a gift for making people better who came into contact with him. Many wishes for blessings to your family during this time. He truly touched many and will be missed.
Annita Menogan
September 25, 2018
You are greatly missed.
SA Sang
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September 25, 2018
Heart felt sadness over your passing. You are a caring supportive soul and SO many people care about you.
You are missed!
Sending you love always.
SA Sang
Friend
September 23, 2018
Dear family/Donna, my brother Richard informed me about our husband's passing. May he rest in peace. He was such a wonderful man and community leader. Please count on us to be there for you if there is anything you want or need at this time.

Sincerely

Martha M. Urioste, Ph.D.
September 23, 2018
Gary's passing is a terrible loss. He was the kind of person who made the planet a better place with his kindness, generosity and ethics. My heart goes out to his wonderful family and especially to his wife, Donna.

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September 22, 2018
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September 21, 2018
Donna, Doug, and Wendy,
Carol and I were devastated to learn of Gary's death. For us, Gary, by virtue of his values, civic responsibility, and generosity, was larger than life and immortal. He will remain so through our warm remembrances. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies
With great sadness and far greater admiration,
Cousins Carol and Marc (Bard)
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Marc Bard
September 21, 2018
Our deepest sympathy for you Donna and your family. Gary is a great man always with a good sense of humour and a kind word. Love, your friends, Stan and Janey Grad
September 21, 2018
Sorry to hear if Gary's passing. Our deepest sympathy.

Robert,Nikki, Kristie Fritts
Robert Fritts
September 21, 2018
Knew Gary for over 30 + years as an ethical business man and then as a darn good golfer. He sure got a kick out of watching Donna and Barb play matches together. Our condolences to his loving family. Linda and Phil Dispense
September 21, 2018
It is with deep sorrow that I learned of Gary's death. A wonderful man with many great aspirations, he will be remembered by many. My prayers for Donna and the family.
Richard Urioste
September 21, 2018
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Michael and Susan Chiclacos
September 21, 2018
Gray, Gray I bet you went kicking and screaming the hole way this was just not far for you, the family, your dear friends. There are so many fond memories. Thank you for all the times you hosted the holiday dinners (you were wicked on the BBQ) and putting up with us Warneke's. The great job you, Donna, Diana did having the family golf tournaments at Green Gables. You were always a class act. We were talking about the time you and Donna golf with us at Sanctuary another fun day that we will remember always. You will be missed in a big way.
RIP
Ed and Marye
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We will all try our best to take care of your beloved Donna not in the way you could however we will try our best.
September 21, 2018
The world feels a bit quieter now. Gary was a dear and good man.
Rebecca H
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