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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Aaron Schechter, 88

Aaron Schechter of New York, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 22. He was 88.

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Aaron Schechter: He did it his way. Photo from YouTube.com

Born March 19, 1926 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he had a wonderful life with no regrets, his family said, and quoted Frank Sinatra, “I did it my way.”

He was an entertainment CPA, “hand holder,” and most importantly a genuinely nice man for his career of 65-plus years.

His wife, Elaine, served as his right hand through it all. They had an unshakeable bond that later generations hope to emulate.

In 2000, after enjoying Compo Beach in Westport for 37 years, he and Elaine returned to Manhattan where he enjoyed his backyard, Central Park, as a visitor and volunteer.

In 2010, he participated in a YouTube series “Old Jews Telling Jokes.”

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Abrams and three daughters—Annie Kasper (Tom), Sarah Gill (Tony) and Betsy Waters (Andrew) along with the great joys of his life—Rebecca, Caroline and Priscilla Kasper, Maxwell and Sammy Waters and Oliver Gill.  He often quipped; “We should have had the grandchildren first.”

He is also survived by his sailing buddies Ellen and Marty Abrams, brother Mike Shepherd, Alex Rooks and Jules Alexander and their families.

Donations in his honor may be made to the Aaron Schechter Baruch College Scholarship Fund, c/o Baruch College Fund, One Bernard Baruch Way, Box A-1063, NY NY 10010.

A memorial celebration will be held on Friday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. at the Baruch Performing Arts Center Nagelberg Theater. Entrance on south side East 25th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues. Bowtie optional.

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