Newton has lost an active citizen who has helped make our community better in so many ways. Dan Fahey, who passed away yesterday after a 10-month illness, cared deeply and participated in many aspects of Newton politics and community life, with a particular focus on financial management. He was trusted and respected — by those on all sides of any issue — as a man of principle, honesty, analysis, and courage.

After a career in banking, Dan volunteered for the nonprofit Homeowner Options for Massachusetts Elders, giving financial advice to people facing foreclosure or bankruptcy, always with forthright expertise and empathy.

Dan wrote columns in the Newton TAB about municipal fiscal responsibility, and he participated frequently with thoughtful comments on a wide range of topics in the Newton TAB and Village 14 blogs. He called each issue as he saw it: In 2008, he co-founded the group opposing a tax override campaign, and five years later he was honorary co-chair of the campaign promoting a different override. Many candidates sought his endorsement. He loved the action of Newton politics, and for him it was never about personal squabbling — always just about the facts as he saw them.

Above all, Dan was especially devoted to his family – his daughter Lia, his late wife Betsy, and his current wife Ginny. Ginny and Lia invite those who knew Dan to a celebration of his life, on Saturday, May 6 at 2PM at Newton North High School. They note that it will be “a time of sharing stories and music, a time for all to celebrate the gift of friendship that Dan gave so many of us — so wear pink or any other light, bright cheerful clothing.”