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Longtime valley resident dies of heart attack while skiing

Chad Abraham

A beloved pharmacist who worked for Aspen Valley Hospital for more than two decades died Thursday in Snowmass Village after suffering a heart attack while skiing.Dan Gold of Carbondale was 61 years old. Friends and co-workers described him as a “big-time skier and snowboarder” and a family man.Hospital spokeswoman Ginny Dyche said she worked with Gold for years.”Dan was the director of our pharmacy,” she said. “He was smart and had a good work ethic. He was always friendly and polite and helpful.”He was a good friend.”Gold started at the hospital in 1983. In the beginning, he worked with only one or two other staff in the pharmacy.”As the hospital grew and services grew, regulations changed and he had more staff,” Dyche said.It was clear he enjoyed his work, she added.”Dan was a real upbeat person, a dedicated employee and just an all-around nice guy,” Dyche said.The Snowmass ski patrol responded to a report of a man suffering a heart attack at 11:15 a.m. on the Max Park run. Patrollers performed CPR, and Gold was rushed to the Snowmass Clinic, where he died, according to a news release from the Aspen Skiing Co.Gold is survived by his wife, Kathryn Reppa, of Carbondale, and two sons.”He spoke often of his wife and his children. He was definitely a family man,” Dyche said.The mood was sad at Aspen Valley Hospital as word of his death spread.”It’s shocking and it’s very sad,” she said. “Our hearts go out to his wife and children and family.”He had stopped working at Aspen Valley Hospital about a year ago and had recently been a pharmacist in the El Jebel City Market.Pharmacist Chris Kowalski worked with Gold for about six months and enjoyed his company.”Dan was not only a great pharmacist, but he was a great friend, good man,” he said.Many in the valley knew him, and that played a helpful role in customer relations.”He’s been in the valley for a long time, so there was a lot of people who knew him and were glad to see him back here working in this pharmacy,” Kowalski said.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com