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Pfister memorial draws hundreds

Joel StoningtonAspen, CO Colorado
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ASPEN Family members and friends spoke of Art Pfister’s generosity, caring and toughness during Sunday’s hour-long memorial, which filled the Hotel Jerome to standing room only.

Pfister, a beloved community member who helped develop Buttermilk, died March 26 at age 96. “Art and Aspen could finish each others sentences,” said family friend George Stranahan.

The service started out with “Amazing Grace,” a song family members said he loved. A slide show, and reflections of Pfister by family and friends, followed.

Sharon Avent, president and CEO of Smead Office Supplies, an office supplies company where Pfister started his long career in 1934, said everyone in the office looked forward to the days Pfister would come in.”Everyone who knew him loved him,” Avent said. “He took time, every time he came into the office, to speak with everyone.”

Three of Art Pfister’s daughters and two nephews also spoke. They said Pfister was gregarious and an incorrigible flirt with the ladies – indeed with anyone who was party to his charm. Relatives also spoke of his relationship with his wife, Betty.”That true love we all know, is why he kept on living so damn long,” said Pfister’s granddaughter, Juliana Pfister.

Pfister’s daughter Nancy said that when she asked her father how he would like to be remembered, he said, “being married to Betty.”Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is jstonington@aspentimes.com


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