Howard Bass |

Howard Bass

Howard Bass peacefully passed away Jan. 21, 2010 in California after a hard fought battle against lymphoma. He was 69.

Born July 30, 1940 in New York to Ida and Sam Bass, Howard grew up in Dover, N.J. He graduated from Blair Academy before going to NYU, where he earned a degree as an English major.

After graduation, the Army called and our country was fortunate to have been protected by Howard, the Ultimate Weapon, as the reservists at Fort Benning, Ga., were known.

He went into the commercial real estate business where he designed and built small retail and office buildings in addition to owning and managing small shopping centers.

He owned and operated a one man real estate for many years. At one point, against his better judgment, the office had about 20 working brokers “all of whom he fired one day” when he got his much better judgment back.

Howard’s love of skiing and the funkiness of the town brought him and his wife Michele to Aspen in the mid-1980s. Once here, he also got into mountain and road biking, hiking, participating in the Aspen Institute programs and other cultural events.

For many years, people looked forward to reading his letters to the editor, in which he took on all issues involving the town.

His and Michele’s love of traveling took them around the world and for many years they lived part of the year in Paris, which they called their other home.

Howard proudly created a three-generation Aspen family legacy. He was a kind, warm, generous, outspoken man who lived life to the fullest and made friends wherever he went.

He will be sorely missed by his best friend and wife, Michele; loving son Raifie (Michele) Bass; grandsons Max and Andy; mother-in-law Rose; brother-in-law Elliot (Carol); cousins and the many many people he called friends and who called him a friend and partner.

We are asking that donations be made in his memory to either Creativity and Cancer at Premiere Oncology (310-570-1474) or “Healing Through Art” at the Simms-Mann Center UCLA (310-794-1923), where Howard spent many hours of enjoyment and support while finding his dormant creative and artistic side during treatment.

A celebration of Howard will take place this summer.

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