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Edwin A. Jaffe, 84; South Berkshire leader

Friday, February 16

STOCKBRIDGE — Edwin A. Jaffe, 84, of 23 Prospect Hill Road, died Wednesday at home. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1922, son of Meyer and Etta Sundel Jaffe, he grew up in Fall River and graduated from Yale University. He moved to Stockbridge in 1968.

An Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, he served from 1943 to 1946.

Mr. Jaffe was owner and president of his family's company, J & J Corrugated Box Corp., from 1946 until the company was sold in 1986. He was an active member of the Independent Corrugated Converters Association.

A former campaign chairman for the United Jewish Appeal in Fall River, he was also a founder and former president of Stanley Street Treatment & Resources, a major center for the treatment of substance-abuse problems in Fall River.

He was a trustee and board chairman at Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I., and board chairman of the hospital's foundation, spearheading efforts for a major capital campaign. He was a fellow at Brandeis University and, at the time of his death, was president of the Jaffe Foundation, which focused on health, education and the arts, having served from its inception in 1962.

He was the founding chairman of Berkshire South Regional Community Center in Great Barrington and a driving force behind the capital campaign to establish the center. He and his wife provided ongoing funding for the Tanglewood Music Center Fellows program and stayed in touch with the many students they supported over the years.

He was a longtime trustee at Berkshire Theatre Festival and, most recently, managed its archives.

Since the age of 16, he had been a talented photographer. He curated an acclaimed exhibit of his photos at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in 1995. His photographs can be seen throughout the Berkshires.

He and his wife, Lola Schweitzer Jaffe, recently were awarded the King Solomon Award by the American Israel Cultural Foundation and were honored by the Berkshire South Regional Community Center in its first awards ceremony.

Beside his wife, whom he married March 16, 1947, he leaves three sons, Walter Jaffe of Portland, Ore., Allan Jaffe of New York City and Robert Jaffe of Providence, R.I.; a daughter, Donna Jaffe Fishbein of Santa Fe, N.M.; and six grandchildren.

FUNERAL NOTICE — The funeral for Edwin A. Jaffe, who died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, will be Sunday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m. at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington, Mass. Services there and at the graveside will be conducted by Rabbi Deborah Zecher. Family visiting hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Feb. 19 to 21, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jaffe home, 23 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. A memorial service in the Berkshires will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Berkshire Theatre Festival or Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, all through Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. He also leaves his children's spouses and partners, Paul King, Toby Jaffe, Jill Klinow Jaffe and William Fishbein, and six grandchildren, Julia, Alexandra, Erica and Max Jaffe, and Jacob and Adam Fishbein. Mr. Jaffe was always willing to give his all for the community in which he lived. He loved mentoring young people and passionately believed in political involvement, education and broad exposure to the arts, as well as connection to community. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Remembrances, memories and reflections may be sent to the family through www.finnertyandstevens.com.

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