I want to recognize and salute the passing of one of the pioneers and founders of the town of Vail. Stan Bernstein was one of the first employees of the town of Vail who served as director of finance and deputy town manager for over a decade in the beginning days of Vail’s town government. His steady hand and financial genius is responsible for the solid beginning and early success of the new town.
Stan and I worked together from 1969-1979. He was my colleague, my mentor and my dear friend. His gentle humor and playful spirit were beloved by all who knew him.
Over the last 40 years, Stan and Lois spent much of their time in their West Vail home along with three daughters and six grandchildren. Stan went on to be a significant force in the underwriting and financing of major public and private projects across Colorado.
Stan’s love for and devotion to his family and to the Vail Valley remained constant throughout his life. His contributions were vast and remain impactful to this day. We all owe him a great debt of gratitude and I will miss him greatly.