Aaron Si­mon Belkin

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

June 20, 1990 - Oc­to­ber 14, 2018

Aaron Si­mon Belkin, our beau­ti­ful brother, son, cousin and friend, de­parted this world on Oc­to­ber 14, 2018. Aaron was an ex­cep­tion­ally bright, imag­i­na­tive, ad­ven­tur­ous, en­trepreneurial, fun lov­ing, and in­spir­ing young man. At 28-years-old, on the launch pad of his life, Aaron trag­i­cally passed away as he slept next to his golden re­triever, Monty, dur­ing a visit home to Berke­ley, CA, from Colom­bia, South Amer­ica. There he co-founded and am­bi­tiously led an in­vestor group that op­er­ated “The Dreamer”—a global travel brand push­ing the lim­its of creative com­mu­nity build­ing, vi­sion, and de­sign—in some of the world’s most unique and beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tions.

Aaron was a true re­nais­sance man. He thought big. He em­bod­ied creative vi­sion and at­tracted like-minded souls that could col­lec­tively ac­tu­al­ize big dreams and am­bi­tious plans. His friends and col­leagues deeply ad­mired Aaron for teach­ing with­out preach­ing; lead­ing with­out ar­ro­gance; and fear­lessly seek­ing out life with un­bri­dled pas­sion. He qui­etly in­spired those whose lives he touched to do bet­ter, to be bet­ter, to reach higher, and with metic­u­lous prepa­ra­tion to pur­sue their dreams.

Aaron was a true mav­er­ick that en­joyed chal­leng­ing the sta­tus quo. A poly­math whose cu­rios­ity was his guid­ing light, Aaron was a bud­ding real es­tate mogul, ar­chi­tec­tural vi­sion­ary, ath­lete, mu­si­cian, and pilot. Even more im­por­tantly, Aaron was a won­der­ful per­son—ex­ceed­ingly warm, easy go­ing, very bright yet mod­est.

Born on June 20, 1990, in Berke­ley, Cal­i­for­nia, Aaron was a proud Bay Area na­tive (and hard­core War­riors fan). He grad­u­ated from Te­hiyah Day School and Berke­ley High School be­fore at­tend­ing Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity in St. Louis to pur­sue his pas­sion for real es­tate de­vel­op­ment. He grad­u­ated with honors, earn­ing B.A. de­grees in Fi­nance and Eco­nom­ics with a mi­nor in Ar­chi­tec­ture. Upon grad­u­a­tion, Aaron joined the New York City-based, global real es­tate firm, Brook­field, work­ing on high-pro­file deals in its merg­ers & ac­qui­si­tions group.

Aaron’s beau­ti­ful mother, Gwynn L. Si­mon, an in­fec­tious dis­ease physi­cian, pre-de­ceased Aaron on May 26, 2018. Aaron is sur­vived by his lov­ing fa­ther, at­tor­ney Charles L. Belkin; his ex­ceed­ingly de­voted brother and best friend, Noah Belkin; and cher­ished sib­lings Ryan, Kur­tis, Josh, & Kristy; his Un­cle Har­lan Si­mon and Aunt Mary Cain-Si­mon, among many other ador­ing aunts, un­cles, cousins, fra­ter­nity broth­ers, life­long friends, and ex­tended fam­ily—in par­tic­u­lar Lai Sio Saechao who was like a sec­ond mother, and her daugh­ter, Chio Saechao, who was like a sis­ter.

Aaron was much more than a Dreamer, as de­picted in one of his fa­vorite quotes, “Vi­sion with­out ex­e­cu­tion is just hal­lu­ci­na­tion.” He was a cre­ator, builder, fu­ture cap­tain of in­dus­try, and phi­lan­thropist. Giv­ing back and “Tikkun Olam” (the Jewish prin­ci­ple of re­pair­ing the world) have al­ways been pil­lars of Aaron’s world­view. To honor his vi­sion, do­na­tions in Aaron’s mem­ory can be made to the non-profit he co-founded, “Dream­ers United,” at www.dream­er­in­ter­na­tional.org, to help the chil­dren of the com­mu­ni­ties in which The Dreamer busi­nesses op­er­ate.

Our dear Aaron’s bright blue eyes, mis­chievous smile, gen­tle soul, and love of life are ev­er­last­ing. His kind heart still beats within all of us. Just as there are stars whose ra­di­ance is vis­i­ble on Earth though they have long been ex­tinct, Aaron’s bril­liance will con­tinue to light the world even though he is no longer with us.

Aaron, we will miss you more than words could ever ex­press… May your legacy of un­bri­dled vi­sion, am­bi­tious ac­tion, and com­pas­sion, in­spire many other dream­ers to go “all in” to make the world a bet­ter place.

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