Harry H. Feldman
Ryan Summerlin November 9, 2012
Harry H. Feldman passed away peacefully on Oct. 19, 2012 after a courageous and dignified battle with cancer. Known for his reliable smile, twinkle in his eyes and contagious good humor, not to mention his connection with children; he managed to maintain these qualities until his sad, but valiant end.
Harry is survived by his wife Jill Shore, his son Matthew Feldman, stepsons Noah and Dove Shore, their wives Jennifer and Indra and his much adored grandchildren, Owen and Blakely Shore who always lit up when they saw their “Hairry” as they called him.
Harry grew up in Brooklyn, NY the son of Israel and Hena Feldman. Harry and his sister Sarah were born in Linz, Austria after WWII and came to the US when there were one and two years old with their parents.
For years Harry worked on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) and traded options. After being married in 1999 he and Jill lived between NYC and Aspen. After 9/11 Harry moved to Aspen to be with Jill and immersed himself in the community mostly being altruistic. He was a Board Member of the Shining Stars organization for children with life threatening diseases, tutored kids for the Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and ultimately dedicated himself to The Chabad Jewish Community Center where he was on the Board and was the face that congregants always looked forward to greeting every Saturday morning and at all holiday events. Barely walking, Harry managed to attend The Simchas Torah Celebration a week before his death, hugs, smiles, and happiness were evident by all there including Harry and especially Rabbi Mendel and Leiba Mintz. No one can ever forget Harry’s almost annual Passover Seder at The Hotel Jerome as he welcomed all 200 people with his smile and a background of the movie “Ten Commandments” running silently. In between courses, gospel singers, goats, and videos of Lady Gaga’s “Kosher Face” (a favorite for grandson Owen) would take stage making Harry’s Seder of the Century, a “Jewish Cirque de Soleil.”
Harry adapted quite well to Aspen and its outdoor lifestyle. He would hike frequently on the Rio Grande Trail, or thru town or to the hospital (2nd home) till his Aspen friends educated him that to qualify as a hike one must go uphill and then back down. Soon he started hiking up Buttermilk Mountain even in winter and Aspen Mountain Midnight Mine was his favorite. He was proud, as we all were for this “city boy.”
Above all, Harry loved people, and he had free time. If you walked with him through town it would take three times longer because he knew every person on the streets and in the stores and would have greet each with a hug and a humorous exchange and then go on, each party smiling.
Jill’s family became Harry’s family and Aspen was his home and his heart.
Donations can be made to: Hospice of the Valley, PO Box 3768, Basalt, CO 81621 or to Chabad of Aspen in memory of Harry H. Feldman, 435 W. Main Street, Aspen, CO 81611.