EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Alfred M. Fine, formerly of Providence and more recently a resident of Tockwotton in East Providence, died peacefully on Sept. 15. He reunites with his beloved wife of 67 years, Ellie, and is survived by loving children Stephen (Ellen), Nancy and Robert (Susan), grandchildren J.P., (Amy), Daniel (Sarah), Andrew (David), Hannah and Ben and great-grandchildren William and Evelyn.
A son of the late Sam and Jessie (Baker) Fine and brother of the late Harold and Allan, Al was born in Attleboro on Oct. 8, 1920 and graduated from Boston University with a degree in business administration. He served his country in World War II and had the great good fortune to meet Ellie, his love match, when stationed in Philadelphia after combat ended.
His first career was as an interior designer of note. He was a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and its predecessor, the American Institute of Interior Designers and his tasteful and timeless work can still be seen in many Rhode Island homes and other buildings. His second career was as an officer of Fine Travel, Inc. and he and Ellie enjoyed traveling the world as inseparable partners and lifelong learners. He was a great lover of jazz and reading, and he and Ellie enjoyed the company of countless good friends who enriched their lives.
He will be deeply missed but his distinguished bearing and quiet dignity will be a lasting memory and comfort. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Ellie and Alfred Fine Fund at the Gordon School, 45 Maxfield Ave., East Providence, R.I. 02914, or the charity of your choice.