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Friends of Bob Coté will honor his memory on Oct. 26 at Coors Field in the Wells Fargo Club at 2 p.m. Attendees are asked to enter gate C on the Blake Street side of the ball field. Cote died Sept. 27 at his home in Denver.
Bob Coté founded and operated Step 13, an alcoholic and drug recovery residential center at 2029 Larimer St. in Denver.
Coté overcame his addictions and brought help and support for hundreds of homeless substance abusers in the Denver area with jobs and bunks.
Memorials can be sent to Step 13, 2029 Larimer St., Denver, Co. 80205. Information 303-295-STEP
Ruth Cottrell Bowling
Ruth Cottrell Bowling, 1921 – 2013
Ruth Cottrell Bowling died on Aug. 25 at her home in Denver. She was born in Tiverton, R.I., on Aug. 14, 1921, to William H. and Mary (Clarke) Cottrell. She was the wife of the late Franklin L. Bowling, Sr., M.D. Ruth is survived by Drs. Franklin and Nina Bowling and their children Patricia and Christopher, Kathleen Cote Bowling, M.D. and her children William, Nathaniel and Clarke, and Drs. Allen and Diana Bowling and their children Elizabeth and Sarah. She was predeceased by her son, William C. Bowling, Sr., Esq.
Ruth was a BMC Durfee High School (Fall River, Mass.,) graduate. She graduated from Simmons College and earned an MPH from Harvard University. In addition to being actively involved in numerous Air Force communities, the Bethesda, M.D. community, and the Englewood community, she was the program director for the Western Dairy Council from which she retired in 1990. In 1989 she received the American Dietetic Association Medallion Award and was honored by the University of Colorado in 2009 as the Florence Rena Sabin Award recipient for her contributions to the health and wellness of those living in the Rocky Mountain region.
Ruth will be remembered for her numerous professional accomplishments, her mentoring of young professional women and her no-nonsense approach to life and its challenges. Most importantly she will be remembered as the great wife, mother, mother-in-law, and Gram that she was to her family.
Her funeral service will be on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 9 a.m. at Horan & McConaty Funeral Home at 5303 E. County Line Road, Centennial. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Anschutz Health & Wellness Center c/o James Hill, Ph.D. (12348 E Montview Blvd, Box #c263, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO 80045) or The William C. Bowling, Sr. Memorial Fund that provides educational opportunities for children in RI (107 Squantum Drive, Warwick, RI 02888) would be greatly appreciated.
Alice C. Vickers
Alice C. Vickers died June 10 from complications of breast cancer. Alice was born in Lubbock, Texas, on March 24, 1949. Spanning her career, she was the public relations director for Neiman Marcus in Dallas before moving to Colorado in 1983, where she was the public relations director for Castle Pines. She married Jack Vickers III on Jan. 5, 1985. Alice continued her career as the fashion director for Saks Fifth Avenue in Denver from 1990 until her retirement in 1997. Alice and her family also enjoy a part-time residence in Paris, France.
Alice is preceded in death by her father, James R. Cochran, and her mother, Woodie Cochran. She is survived by husband Jack A. Vickers III of Castle Pines and three adult children — daughter Heather Crisler of Denver, son Grant Crisler of Ft. Worth, and daughter Alexandra Vickers of New York City. She is also survived by her brother and sisters, Jimmy Cochran, Victoria Gilkerson and Cornelia Williams, all of Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following in her honor: Sense of Security (www.senseofsecurity.org), Andre Center for Breast Cancer Education and Navigation (www.andrecenter.org) or to Alice’s foundation, With A Child’s Heart Foundation, at 858 Happy Canyon Road, Suite 200, Castle Rock, CO 80108.
Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at Castle Pines Country Club, 6400 Country Club Drive, Castle Pines Village.
Concert promoter Barry Fey, a long-time Arapahoe County resident, turned Denver into a must-stop city for concert tours. He died April 28 in his Arapahoe Lakes home. File photo
By Peter Jones
Concert promoter Barry Fey is being remembered as the man who almost singlehandedly built the Denver concert industry – often with an iron hand, but always with a genuine love for the music.
Fey, a longtime Arapahoe County resident, died April 28 at age 73. The cause of death could not be confirmed at press time, but Fey had been having health problems and had recently undergone hip-replacement surgery.
Arapahoe County Coroner Michael Dobersen completed an autopsy this week, but the results had not yet been made public at press time at the request of the family
Jock Bartley, founding lead guitarist of Boulder-based Firefall, called Fey a giant of the music business.
“There was no other rock promoter like Barry Fey,” he told The Villager. “He single-handedly put Colorado on the national and international music map. … He was the smartest and toughest music industry businessman you’d ever want to encounter, usually always wearing his signature cut-off shorts and baggy T-shirt, no matter how prestigious the venue was.”
Within just a few hours of Fey’s death in his Arapahoe Lakes home, the retired promoter’s Facebook page was being inundated by comments from friends, music fans and entertainment-industry professionals from across the country.
Musician Ozzy Osbourne posted this:
“Barry Fey was a gentleman and a great friend. He was the first U.S. promoter to believe in Black Sabbath and gave us our first American tour. The music world has lost a great man. My heart goes out to his family.”
A music fan in Rio de Janeiro wrote, “My teenage years would not have been as incredible as they were if not for the amazing concerts I was able to go to during those years, thanks to you!”
Denver singer Lannie Garrett wrote this of the hard-knuckled promoter:
“Yes, we know he could be hell on wheels and often not so nice, but he was always good to me. Barry, your huge personality was and is legendary,” she wrote.
Fey was born in New Jersey in 1939. His family moved to Chicago when he was 11. After a stint in the Marine Corps and brief flirtation with law school, Fey fell into the concert business, eventually winding up in Colorado, where he produced his first show for a University of Denver fraternity party.
For three decades, Feyline and later Fey Concerts booked everyone from Paul McCartney to Elvis Presley in Denver and later in other cities across the United States. He was credited for taking Denver from a musical cow town to a must-stop destination for major concert tours.
On the home front, Fey once helped save the troubled Denver Symphony Orchestra by offering to run the reinvented Colorado Symphony’s shows.
During his 30-year self-described “monopoly,” Fey saw his share of highs and lows – from his bankruptcy and the financially disastrous 1982 Jamaican World Music Festival to the North American debut of a then-unknown
“I thought the agent was kidding me – a lead balloon,” Fey told The Villager in 2011. “But when they came on stage, a legend was born in the first 15 minutes.”
He was also among the first promoters to book the Doors.
Fey maintained his own kind of legend as an uncompromising businessman with a healthy appetite for food and gambling. His former home in Cherry Hills Village was fabled for its parties with the likes of the Who and U2.
According to songwriter and longtime music-industry professional Patrick Cullie, those get-togethers were as colorful as Fey was himself.
“At a party for the Rolling Stones at his home, he took $100 off me shooting baskets from the free-throw line. He never missed,” Cullie told The Villager.
Over the years, Fey developed a reputation as a brash promoter with a quick temper and little tolerance for competition. Telephones would fly across Fey’s office on a bad day, according to some former employees.
That tough-as-nails characterization bemused Fey himself.
“You’ve seen that cross up on the mountain? They think that’s Mother Cabrini Shrine. It’s not,” Fey told The Villager. “It’s a graveyard for promoters who say ‘Barry Fey put me out of business.’ If they had worried more about their business, they would have been better off.”
The industry changed overnight when Fey retired and sold Fey Concerts to Universal in 1997. The firm would eventually become House of Blues, which briefly brought a reluctant Fey out of retirement in 2001.
In 2011, Fey published his long-waited autobiography Backstage Past. The next year, he was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.
Fey displayed his caustic wit again when The Villager asked him to pose for a photo outside Fiddler’s Green, during a time when the Greenwood Village venue was still known as Comfort Dental Amphitheater.
“There’s nothing wrong with my teeth. Why would I go to Comfort Dental Amphitheater?” he quipped.
In response to an outpouring of support, the Fey family posted a “thank you” to well wishers on Facebook.
“We continue to be comforted by the amount of thoughts and prayers we’ve received over the last 24 hours,” the posting said. “The family will be holding a private funeral and ask that you respect our privacy during this time. We will be planning a celebration of his life in the coming days and will let everyone know, so that you can celebrate with us the amazing things that he accomplished.”
In lieu of flowers, the Feys asked for donations to Preserve the Rocks Fund, a conservation project for Red Rocks Amphitheater, where Fey booked many of his most successful concerts.
Fey, who was divorced, is survived by four sons, Tyler, Jeremy, Geoffrey and Alan, as well as several grandchildren.
By Glory Weisberg
Greenwood Villager, Reginald Gilbert Hammond, known as Gil Hammond, died April 15 after suffering a heart attack. In recent years he had suffered from Alzheimer’s and had recovered from a stroke 13 years ago. He was 80 years old.
Gil had retired after a career in engineering, having worked at Martin Marietta Aeronautics and Boeing.
Born in Independence, Kan., Gil is survived by his wife Jan and son Andrew. Caring friends are welcome to funeral services Monday, April 22, 4 p.m. at Greenwood Community Church and A Celebration of Life that follows at Glenmoor Country Club.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Heart Association, 1280 S. Parker Road, Denver, CO 80231 or the Alzheimer’s Association-Colorado Chapter, 455 Sherman St., #500, Denver, CO 80203.
Al Koppel and Leo Goto
By Robert Sweeney
Two former Villagers were laid to rest recently, Al Koppel and Leo Goto. They were both long time friends of many area residents.
Al Koppel served in the Freda Poundstone era of dynamic growth for Greenwood Village. He was always a voice for common sense and good local government.
One of his projects was a planned Greenwood people-to-people exchange. We were to go to Israel and spend some time living in a rural village; likewise some of those folks would come to Greenwood Village.
It didn’t happen because of military conflicts in the area and the events were canceled. It would have been a great educational experience but didn’t come to fruition, no fault of Koppel, the guiding force in the sister-city program.
Leo Goto stood by the door at his Wellshire Inn and greeted and seated hundreds of his friends for several decades at his famed restaurant leased from the City and County of Denver.
He left the Wellshire Inn in 2008 with his lovely wife Linda and enjoyed a short period away from the restaurant business, but it was in his genes. Leo missed the culinary business and had a short stint with a new restaurant in Littleton that ended poorly for he and his family.
Visiting with Leo often at social events, he was always warm and gracious, that great smile and courteous demeanor. He and Linda were a significant force in the Denver social scene. Leo was a leader in the growth and development of The University of Denver where he proudly served as a Dan Ritchie Trustee for many years receiving their highest honor, the Evans Award in 1995.
The will both be missed by many friends and family members and remembered for giving back to their communities.
Al Koppel died in Fort Collins on Jan. 27. He was born on Sept. 13, 1926, in Hamburg, Germany.
Al was a former Greenwood Village City Councilman from November 1987 to November 1991, serving under Mayor Freda Poundstone from 1987-1989 and under Mayor Rollin Barnard from 1989 to 1991. He organized a sister-city program with Greenwood Village and a city in Israel. He worked on an exchange visit but it never materialized. He lived many years in Greenwood Village and moved to Fort Collins in 1993.
Al was a child of the Holocaust. In June 1941 at age 14, he and his brother, Walter, 13, escaped Nazi Germany. They were two of the last Jews who were able to do so. They traveled to Brooklyn, N.Y., to reunite with their father who, after having been in a concentration camp, had been driven out of Germany the year before.
The day after his arrival, Al was hospitalized. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis and sent alone to the National Jewish Hospital in Denver. He would spend the next three years there. He was cured of his illness, learned English, completed high school, and won a scholarship to the University of Colorado Boulder.
In that same year, his mother, two brothers and two sisters were murdered by the Nazis. He did not talk about this for more than 50 years.
Al met Jean Herbert while in college. They married and had five children, Karla, Morgan, Katie, Craig and Mitchell. Jean died on May 7, 1997. He is survived by his children Karla, Craig and Mitchell, seven grandchildren, one step grandchild, and two great grandchildren.
Al spent his professional career with Samsonite Corporation traveling the world. He set out to discover what exactly had happened to his mother and siblings. His journey took him on successive trips to Germany and, finally, to Lithuania. He stood there, at a desolate place called the Ninth Fort, looking in the ravine where his murdered family, grasping each other, had fallen.
Al published his book, My Heroic Mother: Voices From the Holocaust in 2010. He brought honor to them through his writings.
A memorial service was held at Congregation Har Shalom in Fort Collins on March 3. Donations may be made to National Jewish Hospital, Denver, CO, or the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., in Al’s memory.
Madison (Madi) Sadye Flink
Madison Sadye Flink,
Sept. 1, 1995 – Feb. 18, 2013
Madison (Madi) Sadye Flink, 17, was born Sept. 1, 1995, to Marc D. and Margaret H. (Hamlin) Flink, of Littleton. Madi attended Walt Whitman Elementary School, Goddard Middle School and Heritage High School where Madi was in her senior year. Madi had been accepted at the University of Northern Colorado where she would have been a freshman this fall. Over the years, Madi played soccer for Littleton United, REAL, Colorado United and the Heritage freshman team and JV.
Madi loved her family, her friends, soccer, snowboarding at Mary Jane (No Pain No Jane), going to the condo in Fraser, the outdoors, camo gear, pickup trucks and country music. She was a bird hunter, a trap shooter, a snowboarder, a fearless soccer player and a great teammate. Madi will be remembered for her smile, her sense of humor and her always being there for her friends.
Madi is survived by her mother Margaret and father Marc, sister Hannah, brother Philip and paternal grandparents Alan and Renee Flink of Providence, Rhode Island.
Contributions in Madi’s memory can be made to Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network, 155 Inverness Drive #200, Englewood, CO 80112, 303-730-8858 and Friends of Horse Rescue Adoption And Youth Program, 6351 S. Peoria Street, Englewood, CO 80112, 720-252-5387.
Helen Louise Nussbaum,
1932 – 2013
Helen Louise Nussbaum, 81, of Aurora, died Feb. 18. She was born in Chicago Heights, Ill., on Jan. 5, 1932, to John and Lottie (Zeman) Blackford. Helen is survived by her husband of 48 years, Jim; children Karen (Fred Green) Blackford; Lauren Salzwedel, Mark Nussbaum and Paula (Kenneth) Gendill; 8 grandchildren.
A viewing took place on Feb. 25 from at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 11150 E. Dartmouth Ave in Aurora. Family received friends beginning at 5:30 in the evening at Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church, 18000 E. Arapahoe Rd., Foxfield with a Vigil Service and Rosary following.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, Feb. 26 also at the church. Burial following a reception took place at St. Simeon Catholic Cemetery, Aurora.
Memorial donations are suggested to Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church for the Helen Nussbaum Memorial Fund, 18000 E. Arapahoe Rd., Foxfield, CO 80016.
You can go to www.horancares.com to leave a message for the family.
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