Aspenites were saddened to learn of the passing of Michael Steinhart, an Aspen local from the 1970s and ’80s. Michael succumbed to pancreatic cancer on May 5, 2015, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Michael was born in the Bronx, New York, on April 3, 1947, and lived, as a child, within walking distance of Yankee Stadium. His father was the proprietor of a bar directly across the street from the famed ball park and was frequented by greats from both the Yankees and the New York football Giants. Needless to say, Michael was a lifetime Yankees fan.
While he was still a child, his family moved to Fairlawn, New Jersey, where Michael attended high school excelling in academics and sports, namely football and wrestling. Michael graduated from Wagner College on Staten Island in 1969 and shortly thereafter arrived in Aspen. During his time here, Michael worked in the restaurant business managing Charlemagne on Main Street and then Lovings at the Aspen golf course. In the late ‘80s, Michael relocated to Arizona and later to Utah where he managed restaurants in Sedona and Bullfrog respectively.
Michael will be remembered fondly for his quick wit, sense of humor, charm and athleticism. He was an unabashed fair-weather skier who loved “blue bird ski days.” Michael was a true gentleman and his many friends grieve his loss.