Accounting firm Blackman Kallick announced the death of former managing partner Dan Fensin, who retired from the firm late last year after running it for 17 years.

"We are grateful for all that Dan has done for the community, his profession and our firm," wrote his successor, Steven Schneider. "Throughout his years, he contributed to the personal growth of countless people, myself included. While we are all saddened that he was stricken on the eve of a well-deserved retirement, we can take comfort in knowing that he loved life, and even in his final days he considered himself one of the luckiest people on earth because of family, friends and his life's work."

Fensin, 65, had only just announced that he was stepping down as managing partner when he learned during a routine test that he had pancreatic cancer. "Dan was instrumental in building Blackman Kallick into one of the most respected CPA firms in the country," said Allan Koltin, CEO of consultancy PDI Global. "I considered Dan a close friend, but so did the hundreds of other people who met him. He had that kind of personality that, if you met him one time, he became your friend. He could make you laugh with his quick wit and sense of humor. He was a big teddy bear disguised to look like a managing partner of a CPA firm."

Fensin's funeral will take place at 12:15 pm CT on Tuesday, June 17, at Shalom Memorial Park, Arlington Heights, Ill.

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