AARON BELKIN
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BELKIN--Aaron Simon.

Our beautiful brother, son, cousin and friend, departed this world on October 14, 2018. Aaron was an exceptionally bright, imaginative, adventurous, entrepreneurial, fun loving, and inspiring young man. At 28 years old, on the launch pad of his life, Aaron tragically passed away as he slept next to his golden retriever, Monty, during a visit home to Berkeley, CA, from Colombia, South America. There he co-founded and ambitiously led an investor group that operated "The Dreamer" - a global travel brand pushing the limits of creative community building, vision, and design - in some of the world's most unique and beautiful locations. Aaron was a true renaissance man. He thought big. He embodied creative vision and attracted like-minded souls that could collectively actualize big dreams and ambitious plans. His friends and colleagues deeply admired Aaron for teaching without preaching; leading without arrogance; and fearlessly seeking out life with unbridled passion. He quietly inspired those whose lives he touched to do better, to be better, to reach higher, and with meticulous preparation to pursue their dreams. Aaron was a true maverick that enjoyed challenging the status quo. A polymath whose curiosity was his guiding light, Aaron was a budding real estate mogul, architectural visionary, athlete, musician, and pilot. Even more importantly, Aaron was a wonderful person, exceedingly warm, easy going, very bright yet modest. Born on June 20, 1990, in Berkeley, CA, Aaron was a proud Bay Area native (and hardcore Warriors fan). He graduated from Tehiyah Day School and Berkeley High School before attending Washington University in St. Louis to pursue his passion for real estate development. He graduated with honors, earning B.A. degrees in Finance and Economics with a minor in Architecture. Upon graduation, Aaron joined the New York City-based, global real estate firm, Brookfield, working on high profile deals in its mergers and acquisitions group. Aaron's beautiful mother, Gwynn L. Simon, an infectious disease physician, pre- deceased Aaron on May 26, 2018. Aaron is survived by his loving father, attorney Charles L. Belkin; his exceedingly devoted brother and best friend, Noah Belkin; and cherished siblings Ryan, Kurtis, Josh, and Kristy; his uncle Harlan Simon and Aunt Mary Cain-Simon, among many other adoring aunts, uncles, cousins, fraternity brothers, lifelong friends, and extended family - in particular Lai Sio Saechao who was like a second mother, and her daughter, Chio Saechao, who was like a sister. Aaron was much more than a Dreamer, as depicted in one of his favorite quotes, "Vision without execution is just hallucination." He was a creator, builder, future captain of industry, and philanthropist. Giving back and "Tikkun Olam" (the Jewish principle of repairing the world) have always been pillars of Aaron's worldview. To honor his vision, donations in Aaron's memory can be made to the non profit he co- founded, Dreamers United at www.dreamerinternational org, to help the children of the communities in which The Dreamer businesses operate. Our dear Aaron's bright blue eyes, mischievous smile, gentle soul, and love of life are everlasting. His kind heart still beats within all of us. Just as there are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct, Aaron's brilliance will continue to light the world even though he is no longer with us. Aaron, we will miss you more than words could ever express. May your legacy of unbridled vision, ambitious action, and compassion, inspire many other dreamers to go "all in" to make the world a better place!


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Published in New York Times on Nov. 4, 2018.
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November 13, 2018
My condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one. May God strengthen you and give you peace during this difficult time. Jeremiah 29:11
Andre
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Gaia has captured Aaron Belkin kindred spirit recalled too soon
perhaps he is needed to help repair damages created by humans In our lifetime and I believe is reincarnated as a light to shine in another form to contain the goodness and restore hope in the Universe Now ShalomShabat Young bright and will be missed by survivors in his family....From a Cal Bear Friend since 2000 Thank you Aaron for your Vision executed but not finished to complete your journey pn EARTH. A hero to us all at UC Berkeley....Skylar Scott Law student class of 2022... :). Nov 8,2018
November 5, 2018
I knew Aaron for a few years at Brookfield. I'm so terribly sorry to hear of his passing. He was a smart, kind and motivated guy. It was a pleasure to know him. My condolences to his family.
Lauren
November 5, 2018
Dear Charles and Noah, We are so sorry to hear of Aaron's death. Both of us had the privilege and honor of working with Gwynn at KP for decades together and knew of the love that she had for her 2 wonderful sons. Please know that we are thinking of you. Sending heartfelt support.
Linda Dubins & David Baer
Linda&David Dubins/Baer
November 4, 2018
Just an beautiful person and beautiful family. Aaron and his mom left this earthly life too soon. I am so very sorry for this loss.
Mary Shepard
November 3, 2018
Aaron's kind heart still beats within all of us.
Robin Belkin
November 3, 2018
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Aaron and devoted brother, Noah Belkin
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Aaron's kind heart still beats within all of us...
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Baby Aaron
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Aaron Belkin and Mother, Gwynn Simon
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Aaron and brother, Noah Belkin
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