Celebration of Life tomorrow for Joe Fine, 1938-2015

Those who knew and loved Joe Fine are invited to his Celebration of Life tomorrow, 11 am-3 pm, at Duke’s on Alki. Here’s the remembrance that his family is sharing:

Joe Fine, 76, of West Seattle, passed away on Monday, January 5, 2015 from pancreatic cancer.

Joe was a legend to all that had the honor of knowing him. Born December 17, 1938 in Valentine, Nebraska to Mary Lamoureaux, he would spend his earliest years in Valentine at the family ranch just over the border in South Dakota. After WWII, he was adopted by William Fine, and the family settled in Billings, Montana, where Joe would graduate from high school. He attended and graduated from The University of Montana in Missoula. While there he was an active member of the Phi Delt house, where he was known as “Shakey.”

After graduating, he married Sharon Sayre and together they had two sons: William Glen and Gregory Joseph. He was a successful sales rep for Standard Oil and then Carpenter Paper before settling in Kalispell, Montana, where he owned a number of businesses including Joe’s Varsity, The Jean Factory, and Clothes Gallery. Whether he was creating award-winning promotions like Levi Clause and the Jean Advisor, or later selling diamonds in retail, doing remodel construction, or the nearly ten years he spent at Home Depot in the Garden Department, Joe is remembered for his entrepreneurial spirit and almost magical salesmanship.

All along the way, Joe collected a diverse group of friends that remained close throughout his life:

In 1984, Joe moved to Seattle, and in 1985 met Sharon “Cricket” Ackerlund, who couldn’t resist the twinkle of his Irish eyes. The couple were married in 1991 and built a life together in West Seattle.

He and Cricket enjoyed a passion for gardening that saw their home recognized for gardening excellence on numerous occasions. Their garden and patio were the center of conversation, food and great wine for a wide circle of friends. Joe’s passion and knowledge of Washington wine made him a legend in Walla Walla and he became known as the leader of the “West Seattle Fine Wine Club.” He had a love of convertibles, feeding his birds, the color red, his kitties and people.

A man blessed with charisma that was only matched by the size of his heart, Joe collected friends with astonishing ease, and these friendships lasted his lifetime. Joe didn’t care what a person did for living or how much money they made, he found magic in just about everyone and knew how to help them see that magic in themselves. Countless individuals, through the years, have sought and relied upon the advice of “Father Fine” and “Papa Joe.” Joe was a proud Marine, father and dedicated husband.

He is survived by his wife Sharon Ackerlund and his two sons: Bill Fine and his wife Gloria Flores and their sons Fernando, Benjamin and Lucas; and Greg Fine. He also loved his stepchildren Andrew “Drew” and Marsha Ackerlund and their children Emily, Ethan, Emmett, and Ellynn and Sam Schumaker; David Ackerlund and Pamela Ackerlund and nephew Bruce Bosley and his wife Catherine Broom. The family would like to specifically thank the myriad of friends that have provided support and love, a list too numerous to list. May the force be with you, Papa Joe. “You gotta know!”

Saturday, January 17, 2015
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Duke’s Chowder House on Alki
2516 Alki Ave SW

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

4 Replies to "Celebration of Life tomorrow for Joe Fine, 1938-2015"

  • Sandal41 January 16, 2015 (6:29 pm)

    Had the pleasure of being his neighbor for the last 7 years. He is truly missed. What a guy!

  • neighbor January 16, 2015 (9:18 pm)

    A beautiful life. Thanks for sharing.

  • WSince86 January 17, 2015 (7:49 am)

    So saddened by this news. Joe was all this and more. A true gentleman and a friend to many.
    So sorry for your loss, Cricket.
    Colleen Morrison

  • Sandal41 & Son January 17, 2015 (9:06 am)

    Connor is really happy about Joe’s life and he was a good neighbor.

    Sincerely, Connor

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