By Rich Pollack

A memorial service will be held Feb. 26 for Highland Beach Town Commissioner Lou Stern, who died Feb. 8 following a short battle with kidney disease.  He was 82.

The service will be held at Gutterman-Warheit Memorial Chapel, 240 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton beginning at 3 p.m.

A resident of Highland Beach since 1997 after moving from the Philadelphia area, Mr. Stern was active in the community, serving as the chair of the town’s Planning Board and also serving on the Board of Adjustments and Appeals. He was elected to the town commission in 2012 and again in 2015.

A founding member of the board of directors of the National Council for Adoption in 1980, Mr. Stern served as chair of the organizations board five times and in Nov. 2015 was honored with its Ruby Lee Piester Adoption Award, a lifetime-achievement recognition.

Mr. Stern is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carol; two children Lawrence Stern and Natalie Kolton; a granddaughter, Danielle Kolton and a sister, Sally Epstein-Piccone.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to National Council for Adoption, 225 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, Va.,  22314 or to the charity of the donors’ choice.

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