West Seattle Cellars, friends, and family mourn Bear Silverstein

After getting a note from Laurie with word that West Seattle Cellars co-owner Bear Silverstein has died, we went to the store to confirm it in person a short time ago – and in the meantime received this note from Sue Winter:

The family has asked me to let you know that Bear Silverstein, owner of West Seattle Cellars, passed away this morning after a prolonged illness. A devoted husband and father, Bear was involved with many community organizations, including West Seattle Helpline and Westside School. His family has set up a website at CaringBridge.org: www.caringbridge.org/visit/cheersbear, with a guestbook for posting remembrances [here]. Plans for a memorial service are pending.

Mr. Silverstein and business partners Tom and Jan (shown on this page from the WS Cellars website) have owned the store for almost a decade.

6 Replies to "West Seattle Cellars, friends, and family mourn Bear Silverstein"

  • Todd January 14, 2010 (9:12 pm)

    Sad news. All my best to Bear’s wife and daughter also to Jan and Tom. Bear is enjoying Trutina with the good Lord.

  • Mookie January 14, 2010 (10:37 pm)

    What a loss to his family, friends, and to all of West Seattle. His enthusiasm and talents really made a mark in this city and are gratefully remembered. Long may West Seattle Cellars wave!

  • Al January 15, 2010 (9:59 am)

    Both of us, and all of us, wish nothing but the best for Bear’s family – that includes the Cellars and all the community that he was involved with – world wide. He will be missed but we have fond, fun memories.

  • Erika G January 15, 2010 (10:20 am)

    A huge loss to the WS community. Bear was one of the original leaders of the West Seattle Helpline, and has been dedicated to its mission for over 20 years. Not only was he a father, a husband, and a business owner in WS, he is also one of the primary reasons the WS community is as strong as it is today.

    He will be missed. Thank you Bear for all that you have done for WS.

  • Carrie Ann January 15, 2010 (2:13 pm)

    My sincerest condolences to his family and friends. He sounds like an amazing person who left quite an impact. Rest in peace, Bear.

  • Melissa January 15, 2010 (3:38 pm)

    This is heartbreaking. What a kind person he was, so full of joie de vivre and love for community. I’m so sorry for his wife and daughter.

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