- 67 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 7, 1943
- Date of passing: May 17, 2010
|Let the memory of Donald be with us forever|
Friends and Relatives,
This memorial website was created in the memory of our friend, Donny Fine who lived life on his own terms. He made his impression on all of us. We will always lovingly remember him.
We've spent a lot of time researching Memorial websites. I never found the PERFECT one, but this one seems to be the best.
Please enjoy this site and add to it where you can. Have fun....be creative.
Thanks, Greg Iger
As always, Rochelle and I miss you at our Super Bowl party, of which you were one-third of the whole team.
Parti trop tôt...
Mais toujours présent en mon coeur"
"Dear Donald - In a rickety Columbia U elevator, I never thought I'd meet a pal forever...but I did. From Manhattan to Marblehead, we enjoyed dancing, steaks on the grill and, most important, Woodman's in Essex. Each time I go I think of you with a huge plate of steamers and at least a couple of lobsters! My kids and I still speak of you often. You are a legend! With love always, Pat"
"Donald, we drank a toast to you at Longhi's in Maui recently. The place isn't what it used to be, but it's a place you enjoyed. However, there are a couple of new restaurants there that I think you would like. Five years... remembering you with love.
"Well, Donny, you are missing a lot of good stuff. First, ARod is found out to be a cheater and now Tom Brady appears to be a cheater, too. So, these guys will no longer be considered among the all-time greats. Anyway, now that I have stirred the pot to get your attention, I wish you and I could have a fun, spirited discussion on these subjects.
Rochelle and I miss you. By the way we went to The View hotel at Monument Valley as you suggested.
"Ne pleure pas devant ma tombe
Ne vous tenez pas devant ma tombe en pleurant.
Je n'y suis pas, je ne dors pas.
Je souffle dans le ciel tel un millier de vents,
Je suis l'éclat du diamant sur la neige,
Je suis la douce pluie d'automne,
Je suis les champs de blé.
Je suis le silence du matin,
Je suis dans la course gracieuse
Des magnifiques oiseaux qui volent,
Je suis l'éclat des étoiles dans la nuit.
Je suis dans chaque fleur qui s’épanouit,
Je suis dans une pièce tranquille.
Je suis dans chaque oiseau qui chante,
Je suis dans chaque belle chose.
Ne vous tenez pas devant ma tombe en pleurant,
Je n'y suis pas. Je vis encore
Mary Elizabeth Frye"
"Don, remembering your visit to my house for a few days and when
I got home, I found you in the back yard asleep looking red as a lobster from sun tanning all day. ha,ha You really was in pain. Luckly I had
something to help with the sunburn. You can be so funny, sometimes.
"Missing you Donald, and think of you often.
"By the way, Donny. Your favorite breakfast place, Silver Spurs, is gone. A tea shop called Teavana, owned by Starbucks, has replaced it.
"Well, Donny, we always told each other the truth. So I'm sure you would want to know the latest on your favorite sports guys. First, Alex Rodriquez--who you hoped would erase Barry Bonds from the record book--turned out to be a cheater. And now It turns out that Tom Brady is being called a cheater, too, and deserves an asterisk on his career. I should note that Greg Iger thinks he is innocent. Maybe. Anyway, I just thought you should know.
Rochelle and I think of you often. Very often.
Congrats all around for Tom Brady (Michigan) and the world champion New England Patriots!
I love this website, I hope you approve of it and all the wonderful wishes from your loved ones."
"We do not judge a song by its duration
Nor by the number of its notes
We judge it by the richness of its contents
Sometimes those unfinished are among the most poignant…
We judge it by the way it touches and lifts the soul
Sometimes those unfinished are among the most beautiful…
And when something has enriched your life
And when it’s melody lingers on in your heart.
Is it unfinished? Or is it endless?"
— Author Unknown"
"Another birthday without you. Missed you so !
"Happy birthday, Donny. Missing you. Can't believe it's been almost 5 years. XO"
"4 ans déjà... Que le temps passe vite ! Avec Greg et Debbie, on a évoqué les bons souvenirs... Je ne t'oublie pas."
"Don't think we have forgotten you, Donny Baby.
We have not.
John and Rochelle"
"We miss you, Donny! You would love Jenny's little chunky baby boy! He's got cute little rolls in all the right places!"
"Donald, your ears must have been burning... Bill and I were in NYC recently and had dinner at Knickerbocker. We reminisced about you with Steve. Still missing you... Lots of love, May"
"Les jours passent et les larmes laissent place à la nostalgie.
Le souvenir de Don sera éternellement présent dans mon esprit.
Et dans mon cœur à tout jamais, il gardera une grande place.
"Donny, Jon and I made a trip last week to NYC. We checked out your apartment....your name is still on the door! Of course NYC is not the same without you....but it goes on to be the greatest city in the world. Thanks for introducing it to us. Greg"
"Well, Donny, Rochelle and I continue to miss you, especially when dining at our favorite restaurants, which, of course, were yours.
Johnny and Rochelle"
I'm heading to the East Coast in a couple of days and that always included a visit with you. I miss you so much. You have a special place in my heart.
You will always be Donny "The Toe" Fine.
Save a seat up there for me.
"The ultimate college football experience is going to see the maize and blue with Don. I'm so thankful for Don taking me to several games over the years. Always will remember the sportsmanship Don (and all UofM fans) showed after "the catch" vs CU.
Don will always be my NYC mentor and friend."
"Don, thinking of you as you would have turned 70! I miss you so much in so many ways, but am thankful for all the great memories. Forever, May"
"Donny, another year without your presence.....but you're still with us in man wonderful memories......I added another photo to the gallery....one of your favorites. Greg"
"The toughest part of turning 70 is remembering those who did not make it. We miss you, Donny
Howie, Oceanside High Scool Class of 1960"
"Thanks for the memories I have from those Michigan football weekends in Ann Arbor and the entertaining dinners we had with my wife, Lorraine, and Karen Fazio in the Village. We all enjoyed sharing those dinners, I'm sure, with a true gentleman. Thanks. Terry"
"Thinking of you on your birthday, Donny darling. Was wondering if our little baby girl was going to make her debut on your birthday but I guess she'll make us wait a bit longer. Wish you were here to see my belly and meet her. We would have taken some great photos for sure! Miss you."
"Just another birthday, Donny. You should have been 70 today.
Rochelle and I miss you.
By the way, I still think Ray Lewis was better than Dick Butkus. I know you disagree."
"Une pensée spéciale pour toi Don en ce jour... Tu me manques beaucoup !!!
"Miss you so much, in our hearts and prayers always.
Amanda "mandala" and Maria"
"I knew Don when I was young. Whenever he flew out to Bakersfield he would take pictures of our family. One year we all went to Yosemite. It was the only time I visited that beautiful place. I was able to see it through his eyes on camera. I have nothing but fond memories of him. I just learned of his passing last night 9/11/12 as I was thinking of him and goggled his name. You are missed"
"Missing you, Donny."
"Hey....I miss you Donny, especially at basketball playoff time. I am accustomed to traveling together during the championship series. Where would we be this year? Yellowstone? Indian Country? maybe New Zealand....Oh I miss you buddy! Go Lakers!
"Dear Donald... thoughts of you pop up now and again... and, it brings a smile to my face. Miss you, love you."
"Deux ans déjà que tu es parti au ciel... comme le temps passe vite !
La douleur s'atténue mais je ne t'oublie pas pour autant !
Maire de Bora Bora"
"Well, Donny, it's "ALL You Can Eat Night" at El Cantinero. If you can make it there, we are buying. If you can't, we will miss you terribly. By the way, you are right that Derek Jeter deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Watch out for my Orioles this year. Can't believe you left two years ago. Wishing you were here, John and Rochelle"
"Don will always be dear to our family. He was so kind to our three Michigan grads when they each served stints in NYC. His kindness extended to their friends --- particularly if they were Maize and Blue.
I will always be proud that Don gave me a B+ for eating."
"Well, Donny, Rochelle and I missed you at our annual Super Bowl party on Sunday. It was not the same with just the two of us. By the way, in case no one has told you yet, Brady lost.
John and Rochelle"
"Mille pensées vers toi, mon ami ! Tu me manques énormément Don !"
"Happy birthday, Donny! Jenny and I did some professional eating in your honor. Miss you!"
"Worked for Don from 1989 - 1994, and he remained a good friend and trusted mentor until his passing. Miss you Don!"
"I only knew Don for a short time near the end of his life. He and I shared dinners on a monthly basis and had a few outings together, most memorably at Citifield to see a Yankees-Mets game.We always had a lot to talk about; sports, politics, travel, food, whatever. I was actually supposed to meet him for dinner the night he passed away. Still think about him. He was a great guy"
"Don... Thinking of you...missing you. Yours was always the first holiday card I received. May you rest in peace."
"Spent last weekend in NYC. Thought of Donny a lot -- and missed him.
"Betty Wong lit a candle on May 22, 2010.
Miss you Don. I will miss those Holiday phone calls and was so glad I spent time with you a year earlier. Thanks for all the photos. I am glad we became dearfriends.
"Don was a true friend in every sense. "The Fat Kid"! A self-proclaimed moniker! I met Don in NYC in 1972, and we became dear friends. Don will live forever in my heart, but I'm so grateful for the websites, photos and stories. I miss you Donald."
"Over the past year, so often we've said, "That reminds me of Don," or "I was thinking about Don today." A true testiment to what a wonderful man he was, that his memory stays so fresh. We are so lucky to have shared years of friendship with Don."
Pausing today, like so many others, to remember and to smile....miss you!"
"time flys - colleague for 2 years friend for 20 - dinner with Don and friends just before his passing - will always miss his good natured wit and intelligence"
"Déjà un an ? comme le temps passe vite mais n'efface rien ! Don me manque beaucoup à moi aussi... C'était mon ami... Je ne l'oublie pas !
"Well Donny, A year has passed and we miss you more than ever. It's about the time of year we take a trip together. The National Parks will not be the same. We gave out your hats at Washington Square to share your generosity.(see stories section)"
"Well, Donny, we miss you every day, especially when planning a trip. How are we supposed to know where to dine, sleep and photograph? It's not easy out here on our own. But we will always revisit the places you suggested and drink a toast to you."
"Thinking of you on the anniversary of you not being here physically..."
"don taught me the art/science of economics and for that knowledge i am eternally grateful to him.
donny loved life and life loved him, we need more people like him."
"Love you Don....here's to celebrating you and all the fantastic experiences we shared together. Miss you, but know you're always around, a hui hou."
"Don was my "Uncle" in NY. First met him when he was recruiting me to join Chase from UofM. Despite not joining Chase, we remained close friends. Don followed my career and watched from a distance as my family grew with 5 kids. Every trip to NY was set with a dinner with Don. 4-5 hour dinners, lots of wine and laughter. Memories of epic football games and Tahitian women. I miss you Don - John"
"Donny was the first guy I met at the Sammy house rush. He bled purple and white and mixed that with maize and blue. His enthusiasm made me a Sammy and that made my years at Michigan some of the best in my life. He went out of his way for everyone., a trait I'll never forget.
"It was a pleasure getting to know Don after he insisted that I accompany him to a Michigan football game. (We went to three together.) He was generous almost to a fault, as many people know, and I enjoyed his company at the Big House in Ann Arbor and at those wonderful dinners we had with my wife, Lorraine Bechtle OHS '64, and Karen Fazio. He's missed by so many. Thanks, Don. Terry Brennan"
"Donny You left us way too soon- you lived and loved life richly- and I will try to take those lessons to heart-"
"Don and I overlapped my last 6 months at Chase Asset Mgmt in '96. Since then we would meet for lunch on a pretty regular basis. Loved his economic charts with Maize and Blue lines and the football field background. Always loved to get his advice on everything from the economic future of the USA to the 2 page, single spaced walking tour of the Michigan campus we got this past spring. Miss you Don.."
"Don was so kind to me when I moved to New York after college in 1991. He was a fraternity brother of my father but had never met me before. He was a warm welcome to an unfamiliar place. He was brilliant and caring. I'll miss him!"
Happy to have spent some fine time on the road with you.
Will miss your wit, sense of humor, intelligence and charm with our dinner staff nightly.
"Great to see these wonderful pics of Donny. He will always be with us and he was a real "face man".
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