03/05/2012 3:45PM

Geoffrey Stein, 58, former Sports Eye Associate Editor, dies

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Geoffrey Stein, 58, former Sports Eye (now Harness Eye) assistant editor and co-owner of Preferred Equine Marketing passed away on March 4, 2012. Stein collapsed shortly after a morning run from an apparent heart failure.

Stein began his work for Sports Eye in 1975 as a chartcaller and stayed with the company until 1981. He later went on to purchase Preferred Equine Marketing with David Reid, and was an owner of the great trotting mare Moni Maker.

He was considered “an eternal optimist” and a man “everybody loved being around” by friend, former co-worker and current DRF contributor Jay Bergman. “The industry needed more people like him,” concluded Bergman.

Stein is survived by his wife of 33 years, Ann Landowne; their four children (Holly, Joe, Michael, and Jordan); mother, Dorothy Stein Froman; sister, Carol; and brother, Bobby.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday March 6 at 11 a.m. at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, 630 Amsterdam Ave., at 91st St. Services will also be available via an online webcast at www.plazajewish.org

Memorial contributions may be sent to either the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Harness Museum and Hall of Fame, or Standardbred Retirement Foundation.

(For more information on Geoff Stein, visit: http://xwebapp.ustrotting.com/absolutenm/templates/article.aspx?articleid=47091&zoneid=63)