James L. Fine
1943 - 2020
Weinstein Mortuary
640 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT
James (Jim) Littauer Fine, 76, of Naples, Florida (formerly of West Hartford, Connecticut) passed away surrounded by his family on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from complications related to multiple myeloma. Jim was born in Hartford, Connecticut on December 28, 1943 to the late Gertrude (Hoffman) and Melvin Littauer Fine. He graduated from Conard High School in 1961 and went on to receive his BA from Bates College and his JD from Boston University Law School. Jim has been a member of the Connecticut Bar since 1968. Following law school, he taught social studies and coached basketball at Hartford High School before joining his father and brother in the family business, Acme Auto, in 1971. Jim served as President and CEO of Acme Auto for more than 25 years. Acme Auto was a retail and wholesale distributor of automotive replacement parts, tools and accessories with multiple store locations and distribution centers. Acme Auto achieved substantial growth in the consumer sector through the development and implementation of innovative marketing and advertising strategies that were Jim's passion. The company's well-positioned slogan "More Than Auto Parts Auto People"® became a well-known service mark in the industry. Jim was a national leader in the automotive aftermarket sector receiving the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Memorial Scholarship Award in 1983 for his contributions to the industry. He served as Chairman of AWDA and also chaired its Government Affairs Committee. Jim was recognized locally in 1995 when he was named Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year. Jim dedicated substantial time to local organizations including the University of Hartford Associates, The Boys and Girls Club of Hartford and the Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center. He received the University Medal for Distinguished Service from The University of Hartford in 1982. Jim's most meaningful involvement has been his over forty year association with the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where he served as a Trustee. Since 1979, Jim and Acme Auto raised over two million dollars for cancer research and treatment and for this achievement received the Jimmy Fund's highest honor, the Yawkey Award. Jim leaves behind his devoted wife Marcia (Raskin), of 50 years; his children, Lauren Fine and husband Michael Singer, Emily Fine and former husband Mitch Nadler, and Susan Hosmer and husband Wylie Hosmer; and grandchildren, Hailey and Luke Singer, Lindsay Nadler, and Dylan, Cameron and Gavin Hosmer. He is also survived by his brother Michael Fine and wife Narleen and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. Private funeral services will be held on Sunday, June 21, 2020 with Rabbi Michael Pincus officiating. To join by Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/7405868690, or by phone 1-646-558-8656 with Meeting ID: 740 586 8690. In lieu of flowers, gifts or food, memorial donations of any amount may be made in Jim's memory to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at http://danafarber.jimmyfund.org/goto/memoryofjimfine. All donations will be directed to Dr. Paul Richardson's Multiple Myeloma Clinical Research. Arrangements are entrusted to the Weinstein Mortuary of Hartford, CT.
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Published by Hartford Courant from Jun. 21 to Jun. 22, 2020.
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Jimmy Fine had an appropriate name. A finer fellow I never knew. I also speak for David Zuretti who passed a few years ago since we were all roommates at Bates College way back when. Jimmy was a rare student in that while being an honors graduate, he had the respect of the jocks for his intramural work. In fact, we nicknamed him "The Commissioner." David and I pretty much lost communication with Jimmy after graduation but did visit him in Harford when he worked with less fortunate kids at West Hartford schools. Hell of a guy. He could of been a teacher, a lawyer but entered the family business and became a humanitarian. Miss my old roommates. Especially Jimmy.
Jack Williams
August 27, 2020
Jim was one the finest people I have ever known. He was a close friend since 1961 at Bates College and was my best man in 1966. He took a group of troubled high school boys out of E. Hartford as their HS basketball coach & turned many of their lives into success stories. Jim received the highest honor given out by the Jimmy Fund, The Tom Yawkey Award. After passing the bar & coaching he became the President & CEO of the renowned Acme Auto Supply Co. He will be sorely missed.
Seth Cummings
August 26, 2020
Dear Fine Family,
Sorry to have read about the passing of Mr. Fine. Sending condolences to the family and know that I am thinking of all of you hand this time.

Debra Ofshay
Debra Ofshay
June 26, 2020
Sincerest condolences to the Fine family. I am so sorry to hear of Jims passing. He served in many rolls during my career primarily as mentor and friend. He will be deeply missed. I send you my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Bill Starks
June 25, 2020

To you and your entire family, Nancy and I send our sincere sympathy. Jim was a real gentleman in addition to his many other skills and attributes. We are sure that he has left all of you with wonderful memories which we trust will give you strength and solace both now and in the says you come.

Nancy and Jim
James Vineburgh
June 23, 2020
Dear Marsha,
Maureen and I were so saddened to hear about Jims passing. I was very fortunate to have known him as a friend as he was the kindest, interested and charitable person. I was also lucky to have known his dad Mel as Jim was very blessed to have his traits. The service was beautiful and I commend you for the reading of Jims message at his dads funeral as they were absolutely attributable to Jim.
Our love and prayers go out to you and your wonderful family.
Tony and Maureen
Tony Campanelli
June 22, 2020
To the entire Fine family - I am saddened and very sorry for your loss. Mr. Fine was a great man that had a big impact on my life. He was a good friend during my playing days at U Hartford and a mentor to me and my business growth. He always had time to talk and his friendship & guidance is appreciated more than anyone can know. I am saddened to hear of his passing but am sure he is not in pain anymore. He will always be a part of my life and I will remember him fondly - I send you all my thoughts and prayers at this extremely difficult time.
John Tuozzo
June 22, 2020
My sincerest condolences on Jim's passing. I considered him a mentor and will always be appreciative of the things he taught me. Now that I run my own business, not a week goes by that I don't say or do something that I learned from him.
Phil Smith
June 22, 2020
Jimmy was the best! Next to his love for the New York Yankees and his family, his interest in the University of Hartford brought us together as friends. I loved sharing company with him and we shared so many moments together discussing marketing opportunities which was another fascination with him. I spoke with Jimmy not long ago and he gave no indication of being ill. But that was typical Jimmy Fine, keeping personal problems to himself. We lost him too early in life, but his positive impact on so many people will last for many lifetimes going forward. Goodbye old friend!
Bob Chernak
June 21, 2020
My deepest condolences to Lauren and the entire Fine family. Jimmy was a wonderful, generous man. Peace.
Todd Rosenthal
June 21, 2020
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