Hundreds of family, friends, and acquaintances filled the DECC's auditorium this morning to honor the life of one of Duluth's most respected community leaders.
80–year old Manley "Monnie" Goldfine passed away April first at his winter home in Arizona, but his legacy will forever live on in the many lives he's touched and contributions he's made to the entire region.
LeAnn Wallace talked with friends and family as they shared their memories.
"He loved the community and he showed his love by everything that he did, both by the attitude he had, and the nuts and bolts of the things he accomplished."
Monnie Goldfine was the driving force in many of Duluth's biggest success stories.
The Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, the Aquarium, The Vista Fleet, and Spirit Mountain are just a few items on Monnie's seemingly endless list of undertakings.
"When the arena auditorium was built, there was no community facility like that in the country, as a matter of fact, big cities and small across America copied the arena and came here to see it after it was built, it was the example."
John Goldfine remembers his uncle as someone he looked up to, and not just figuratively.
"Growing up, especially when you're short, he was bigger than life."
Loved ones took turns remembering Monnie at his memorial this morning.
Many said that business was pleasure for Monnie and he played all the time, because business was his sport.
"Who was the first person I thought of? Monnie Goldfine. Who was the best person I could have thought of? Monnie Goldfine."
Spirit Mountain Founder George Hovland says Monnie played an instrumental part in the creation of the ski hill.
"He was the one that carried the ball on me, he united the whole city and the county and the state and maybe God...and really was the driving force behind it. I had the idea and I knew it would work but it took his genius to do it."
As friends and family said their final "goodbyes" they found hope in knowing his legacy will live on in the many projects and people he's touched throughout the years.
"It was a great life and we're all trying to get on and follow his example."
"We'll all miss him... We'll all miss him..."
In Duluth, LeAnn Wallace, the Northland's News Center.