Dear Editor:The character of a community is not created by its bungling bureaucracy, the size and shape of its buildings, or its sales tax revenues. The town of Aspen draws its greatest attributes from the people who live and work here. One of those, as great as any of the founding fathers, was Stan Lauriski. Trucker, fireman, husband, father, grandfather, and most of all, friend. A genuine western storyteller with the greatest knack for practical jokes, an unparalleled sense of humor, and a fierce loyalty to his own ideals and his friends, with a knowledge of the outdoors and relationship to the natural beauty around us that only direct experience, no book, could provide.When I met Stan in 1956, we were both boys who loved cars, girls, guns and camping, and I had the great privilege, as did the rest of my family, of sharing a childhood with Stan in those glorious, sunny summers in a quiet mountain town with only one cop. Everyone in this town then knew Stan as the young man who could fix anything, build anything, and hunt and fish where all the best game was, feeding his family and working harder than anyone I have ever known. Stan literally helped build this town, and with an infusion of character and humor that will not come this way again.The character of a town is built and maintained by the characters who live in and love their community. Stan Lauriski was one of the original Aspen characters, representing and creating the best that is here in our town. We love you, Stan, for the man you were and what you have done for us, for your friendship and loyalty, your humor and character. We will always miss you. May you go with God.Tom BueschAspen
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