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John Motulsky posted a condolence
Saturday, April 20, 2019Will Asch and I were nearly brothers growing up, and I got to know his father Gerry during dinners, beach club excursions, fishing trips, tennis matches, swim races and later—cocktails—a lubrication that Gerry always appreciated. Gerry was one of the truly special people in my life. He epitomized the Greatest Generation of which he was a part. Gerry was a smart Jewish kid growing up on Long Island’s south shore, who at the age of 16 improbably enrolled in Virginia Military Academy. Strong-minded and strong-willed, he led his class in conduct infractions before graduating in 1943 and heading off to the Philippines as a captain in the army at the age of 21. After leading and at times saving his men in the dreadful conditions of wartime Philippines that those of us who grew up in peacetime can only imagine, and then assisting in the post-war occupation and rehabilitation of Japan, Gerry came home to help rebuild an America that had been challenged by The Great Depression and WW2. Before long, he and Mattie started a company to help bring a new technology that was sweeping the country to pre-war NY office buildings. That new technology was air conditioning—often in the form of window units. From the humble beginnings of two men and a truck, they built one of the largest and most respected HVAC businesses in the city and became a trusted partner of building owners and tenants like Goldman Sachs. In his personal life, Gerry married the beautiful Ann Canning, raised three children of whom he was enormously proud, was a reliable friend to many, an avid reader, extremely competitive bridge and tennis player, and a remarkable fisherman. Gerry also was a great raconteur who could keep his audience spellbound. I learned a great deal about life from talking with Gerry. After a lifetime of working hard and playing hard, Gerry made the most of retirement, taking advantage of his varied interests and over time adapting to advancing age by replacing tennis with golf. Gerry also supported Ann through her extended health challenges without complaint. Gerry Asch truly epitomized The Greatest Generation.
Nicholas DiGiacomo posted a condolence
Wednesday, April 17, 2019To all the family, Ann his loving wife, His children Ann Margaret, Katy, & William please accept my deepest condolences at this very sad time. However let us not forget who this great man (Jerry Asch) was and what he has given to this world. He was my mentor, and I will never forget what he taught me about the HVAC industry. He was one of the most intelligent human beings that I have every met in my entire life. As I write this caption I have tears in my eyes remembering all of the crazy jobs we did together in Manhattan. RIP Jerry thanks for your service & thank you for making me the person I am today.
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