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Alan Geoffrey Fine


1929 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Alan Geoffrey Fine Obituary
December 4, 1929 - January 27, 2016 Alan Geoffrey Fine of Los Angeles, beloved father, professional and community volunteer, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2016 after a long and courageous battle following major cancer surgery. He was 86. Alan was born in London, England, the youngest of three children. His father, Isaac, was a barrister. His mother, Anne, was a homemaker and gifted pianist. During World War II, the family moved to Wales and then St. Albans northwest of London. After he graduated from a public (high) school, Alan spent a few years working as an apprentice in an accounting firm, eventually earning his chartered accountant license. He followed the rest of his family out to Los Angeles, settling in Boyle Heights. Alan set up shop as an accountant and entered the first of several accounting partnerships. Alan met his future wife, Barbara, in 1963. Barbara had recently come west from her family's home in Springfield and was working as a draftsperson at Hughes Aircraft. They married a year later and, settled briefly in the Palms neighborhood before buying a home in Benedict Canyon. Their son, Howard was six months old at that time; their daughter Hillary was born there a few years later. Alan was a practicing accountant for more than 65 years; he was a partner in several firms in West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Among his notable accomplishments: he helped establish reciprocity between English chartered accountants and CPAs in California, so that any licensed chartered accountant could practice in California and vice-versa. His colleagues will remember him as a very gentle and sincere person who was above reproach with respect to his professionalism and integrity. Alan also used his long years of experience as an accountant as a civic volunteer with local neighborhood groups. For more than 45 years, Alan Fine was a stalwart member of the community of his adopted home in Benedict Canyon, serving both the Benedict Canyon Association and, more recently, the Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council. At the Benedict Canyon Association, Alan made sure membership dues were processed, funds were raised and attended hundreds of meetings. He made sure the funding was there as the association fought over development projects and city policies. In the early 2000s, after the tragic early passing of his wife, Barbara, Alan broadened his service to the community. He accepted the appointment as the first treasurer of the newly-formed Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council. For the next 13 years as treasurer, he attended numerous city meetings and had to make sure everything was done by the book. While some neighborhood councils in the city had funding issues, the Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council remained fiscally sound under Alan's sure hand. Alan was never one to trumpet his own horn, preferring instead just to get things done quietly and effectively. And that's just what he did, year after year, decade after decade. Alan was always the kindest father, always offering words of encouragement. Though he worked long hours - especially during tax season, when he was home, he was a handyman around the house. In his softspoken way, he was also quite the witty punmaster. And, as the family weathered occasional setbacks, Alan's motto - never spoken but always acted on - was "keep calm and carry on." Alan is survived by his son, Howard, and his daughter, Hillary. Donations can be made to the .
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 29 to Feb. 14, 2016
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