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RIP - RMAF Co-Founder Al Stiefel

I just received a E-mail about Al's sudden passing yesterday (Jan 27). I realize many here may not know Al, but his energy and drive as a audiophile, manufacturer, and show organization will be missed.

I had the pleasure of first coming to know Al over 10 years ago when he was just a audiophile and a customer of mine. Always a pleasure to deal with and as a fellow business man, a wise person to discuss such issues with and always willing to share the knowledge of his experience. People like Al made/make being in the Hi-Fi business great. I will very much miss his presence at future RMAF shows and his seemingly always smiling presence and attitude. My deepest condolences to his wife Marjorie and his family.

I have pasted in the e-mail from the RMAF with the announcement of Al's passing below:

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"We at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest mourn the sudden loss of co-founder Al
Stiefel. A dynamic presence in the industry, Al passed away on January 27, 2009.

In honor of Al's passion for music and audio technology, the 2009 Rocky
Mountain Audio Fest will go on as scheduled under the direction of Al's
wife, Marjorie Baumert, with guidance from an advisory board, the Colorado
Audio Society, and friends. To ensure the stability of this popular and
growing event, the hotel, shipper and staff remain the same as in past
years.

We understand that Al and Marjorie have touched many lives, but request
that expressions of sympathy exclude telephone calls. Office operations
will resume in mid-February.

For those many friends in the Colorado area, a memorial open house will be
held at the family home from 2-4pm on Saturday, January 31st. There will
be no service, but rather this gathering will be a celebration of Al's
life.

Memorial gifts in honor of Al Stiefel may be made to:

Swallow Hill Music Association
71 East Yale Avenue
Denver, CO 80210

OR

Center for Hearing & Speech & Language
4280 Hale Parkway
Denver, CO 80220"

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Happy Listening,
Rich Brkich
Retailer & Audio Asylum Industry Liaison


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Topic - RIP - RMAF Co-Founder Al Stiefel - Rich Brkich 15:24:56 01/28/09 (31)

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