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Barry Sitkoff, CPA died peacefully at his San Francisco home on September 19, 2015 at the age of 73. He bravely battled Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia for 14 years, passing from complications of the disease. He was surrounded by devoted family, friends and spiritual teachers. Barry is survived by his wife, Terrie and four children- Sheri, Brian (Klariz), Evan, and Anna. He is also survived by his sister Marilyn Sitkoff (Jack Epstein), his step mother (Bee Sitkoff) and step sister Judi Laska (Paul Laska) as well as in-laws Harold and Shirley Steppler as well as Dianne Aubermann, his Uncle Marvin Abrahamson and cousins, nieces and nephews. He was loved and admired by his family, friends, clients and business associates. Barry was born on January 12, 1942 in Los Angeles to Albert and Sylvia (Abrahamson) Sitkoff. He graduated from USC in 1964 with a degree in Accounting. Barry enjoyed a successful business career; starting in the 1960's Barry was a partner in Gursey Schneider and Company in Los Angeles and later when he moved to Lake Tahoe he became one of the founding partners of Sitkoff/O'Neil Accountancy Corporation. Barry would advise his clients to "Never make a decision based on greed or fear". Barry was truly a passionate person; a voracious reader, lover of history, connoisseur of good food, avid theater goer, lover of cinema, passionate about music and connected with nature. He was a visionary, always enthusiastic to share his innovative ideas and philosophies with friends. In 1996, while counseling his friends on their federal income taxes he said, "You should get married and file a joint tax return. The government and the IRS will have to deal with the reality of a changing society and accept the fact that that there is no difference between a same sex marriage and a "traditional " marriage." He was generous and philanthropic, doing pro bono work and was involved with nonprofit organizations. Between chemotherapy treatments he was able to support LLS and raise money for blood cancer research by walking three San Francisco Leukemia Lymphoma Marathons as a member of the Reno, Nevada Team in Training. Homewood, on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, was his home for 34 years. He was an active community member, businessman and parent. Attending all school events, dance and music recitals and ballgames.He always had time for his family and took great pride in their accomplishments. San Francisco life nurtured his love for the city. He enjoyed walking his beloved dog Lulu at Crissy field, taking in the endless beauty of the Golden Gate, and cheering for his team, The San Francisco Giants. Barry was treated by devoted doctors and nurses at UCSF Oncology Hematology Clinic and Hospital as well as Tahoe Forest Cancer Center in Truckee. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled in Tahoe City in December. Donations may be made to (LLS). Phone number 888. 557. 7177, PO Box 4072, Pittsfield Ma. 01202 or Kadampa Meditation Center SF 3324 17th Street, SF, Ca. 94110
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 18, 2015
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