Barry Lefkowitz | AspenTimes.com

Barry Lefkowitz

This is a sorrowful announcement of the untimely death of long-time Aspen local Barry Lefkowitz on Nov. 1, 2013.

Born and raised in the New York City suburbs, Barry moved to Aspen after graduating from Denver University in 1969. Barry enjoyed Aspen's active lifestyle — an avid skier, hiker and bicyclist, he also played volleyball at the Aspen Meadows, bridge at the local duplicate games, and danced at all the local nightspots.

Like many other college-educated ski bums of that era, Barry found few career opportunities in Aspen and supported himself by working for June and Hans Cantrup at the old Continental Inn (now the site of the Hyatt). Barry got the idea of forming a local company that could offer visitors all-inclusive ski packages, making it easier for them to book their reservations, and started Aspen Ski Tours in 1971.

Since then, the company has grown and is now known as ski.com, one of the major tour operators in the West.

Barry was well-known for his generous contributions to local nonprofit organizations, most notably the Music Associates of Aspen and Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet. He also helped many individuals in their times of need, coming to the rescue instantly; those people will always be grateful for his kindness and respect for their privacy. However, Barry may be remembered best for his unique and quirky sense of humor, which can never be duplicated.

Barry loved to travel, from trekking in the Himalayas to photo safaris in Africa; there are few places in the world he hasn't seen. It was on one of Barry's trips that he met his beloved wife Monique Nordin. The couple continued to travel extensively, although spending most of their time in Aspen, where their daughter Anna was born. Yet, Barry kept finding himself drawn back to Hawaii where he had the ocean as his playground instead of the mountains.

After he and Monique established another home in Honolulu, he became less involved in business and found more time for their little tropical paradise.

He is survived by his wife Monique, daughter Anna and her husband Ryan Covert.

Barry's many friends will miss him very much.

Aloha, Barry

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