October 20, 1942 – May 24, 2012
Paul Fink has been a very active member of the AGPC since 1988. Even when not a regular feature on the board of directors, he was always advising and helping behind the scenes, full of ideas and enthusiasm. In 1996, he hosted the AGPC convention at Club Getaway, a weekend camp for adults (weekdays for school kids) in Kent, Connecticut. Members got a chance to see Paul’s wonderful collection of transportation games, as well as to swim, boat, climb, dance and partake in the typical activities of camp. We were happy to give up our usually more elaborate hotel accommodations for a couple of nights in a cabin and a few days of camp life. It was one of our best conventions!
As a game dealer, he was the busiest and one of the most respected, and he always set up at toy and collectible shows around the New England area, introducing his love of games to masses of the uninitiated. His booth at major venues like Liberty Park and the Allentown Toy Show served as meeting places for game and puzzle collectors. As all these shows closed up one by one, Paul went further afield to sell his wares—the joy for him was just in being there. He continued to go to Papermania in Hartford, Brimfield in Massachusetts and Madison Bouchville in upstate New York. All the dealers knew and liked him, furthering the many sales and trades that went on in between shows. Paul was tireless, friendly and ever-smiling, sporting a cap from which a mass of white locks protruded. Although he seemed busy all the time, he enjoyed his leisure and quiet time, too.
Paul Fink was a special person and the lives of many of us will be just a little less special because he is no longer with us. Probably the best way I can describe his attitude to life and conclude this tribute is use his own words from a recent email: “Enjoy life and try not to worry….Think positive and hopefully good things will happen….”
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