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Stein, Stuart W.

Stuart W. Stein, known as "Stu" to family, friends and colleagues, passed away unexpectedly on June 24, 2014 after several medical challenges during the past year. He was buried in a private family ceremony on Saturday, June 28, 2014. He was 84. Stu grew up in New York City, son of Herman and Tillie, with older siblings Anita and Daniel, all now deceased. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 59 years, Sandy Stein; and his four children, Tom (Hale Aylanc), Peter (Jill), Katie (Frithjof Hungnes) and Jenny (James LaVeck); and seven grandchildren, Avi, Rachel, Tova, Chloe and little Stuart Stein, and Maya and Matthias Stein Hungnes; in addition to many nieces and nephews, and other relatives. In his public and professional life, Stu was characterized as inspiring, longsighted, and a consensus-builder. Words most used to describe him in the press, by his colleagues, and by his family at their private burial service, included: Integrity, generosity, warmth, wisdom, and humor. A memorial service/celebration of his life will be held at a later date, to be announced, in which friends and the community will be invited to participate. As time went on, Stu was increasingly involved in the development of the Ithaca and Tompkins County community's arts and culture scene. One of the final things he did as a county legislator was to put forth a measure establishing the first county poet laureate. One organization Stu was particularly active in building and supporting was the Community Arts Partnership (CAP), which just five days before his death, gave him the first annual Friend of the Arts award. Those wishing to give a gift in memory of Stu are asked to please make a contribution to a local charity that helps keep Ithaca the vibrant and cutting edge community it is in regards to improving the lives of all residents through social programs, economic initiatives, and nurturing the arts and culture.

Published in Ithaca Journal on July 3, 2014
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