Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 1, 2013

Herbert E. Sawin II

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Herbert E. Sawin II, age 79, a resident of Traverse City, Torch Lake and Naples, Fla., and formerly of Philadelphia, Pa., died on Aug. 27, 2013.

Herb was born in Philadelphia, son of Edward A. Sawin and Ethel D. L. Sawin Comfort, graduated from the Choate School in 1952, received an AB from Harvard in 1956 and an MBA from Wharton School of Finance & Commerce, University of Pennsylvania, in 1961.

He was employed by Price Waterhouse, DeHaven & Townsend, Crouter & Bodine, and in 1986 he retired from Hopper Soliday, moving from Philadelphia to Traverse City.

At the time of his death Herb was a Senior Member of the Torch Lake Yacht Club, a Life Member of Kiwanis International, member of the Kiwanis Club of Traverse City and a “Seasonal Member” of the Kiwanis Club of Naples. He was also a Life Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Life Member of the Union League of Philadelphia, as well as an Honorary Member of the Philadelphia Securities Association and a member of The Harvard Club of Naples.

Herb loved to sing. He sang in the Harvard Glee Club, the Savoy Opera Co. of Philadelphia, Mendelsson Club, Singing City, the Mary Green Singers and the Interlochen Festival Choir.

For five years he commuted weekly from Traverse City to Detroit to lead a Landmark Education program called Self Expression & Leadership, coaching participants in discovering what they could make possible.

Herb loved making a positive difference for people. A devoted 31-year member of Alcoholics Anonymous, dedicated to watching others discover the wonderful life of sobriety and serenity, he sponsored a number of very special men.

Herb is survived by his wife of almost 25 years, Patricia M. Sawin; along with their two Champion Irish Setters; children, Herbert E. (Kai) Sawin III, David C. (Melissa) Sawin, Susan (Tim) Hamilton and Gregory L. Sawin; stepchildren, Scott (Silvia) Byrnes, Kim (Travis) Fornof and Tammy Byrnes; grandchildren, Clayton, William and Lauren Hamilton and Ellie and Rachel Sawin. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Kasch Stickley; and stepbrother, David (Diane) Comfort.

He was predeceased by his brother, Edward A. Sawin Jr.; his mother and father; and his stepfather, C. Ransom Comfort DD.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Herb’s memory may be made to the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, 3860 North Long Lake Road, Suite D, Traverse City, Michigan 49684.

A private memorial service is being planned for Naples, Fla., on Oct. 8, 2013. Another service is planned for Traverse City at a later date. Details for both services will be posted at