“Grieve the loss, but cherish the memories, in a world that is uncertain it is the memories that keep us going.”
Ira Zaslow was born on February 28th, 1946 to Trudy and Herman Zaslavsky (soon changed to Zaslow) of the East Bronx. He lived there until he was 11 years old, when the family moved to Elmhurst Queens. There Ira went through a short readjustment period, but soon discovered that his ability on the basketball court was a ticket to making new friends. He attended Newtown High School in Elmhurst, and Brooklyn Poly Technical Institue in Brooklyn. It was at Brooklyn Poly Tech that Ira met both of his life-long loves: computers, and his wife, Felice.
After college graduation Ira continued at Brooklyn Poly Tech as a graduate student on fellowship. With the extra money from his fellowship Ira bought himself his first car, a 1967 fast back Mustang in white. Ira did his Masters in Systems Science and was involved in the computer field in the early years immediately after it’s inception. On September 16, 1969 Ira proposed to his beloved Felice and on that same day had his other love, his 67 fastback Mustang stolen from him (coincidence?). Felice and Ira never looked back for the Mustang and bought a yellow Cutlass when they married. On April 12, 1970 the first perfect day of Spring, the sun shined brightly through the staind glass windows of the West Hempstead Jewish Center Chapel.
Ira loved Bob Dylan and the Beatles, was an avid skiier, basketball player and an accomplished athlete throughout all of his childhood and college years. He was finally introduced to Paddleball and, as an adult played each and every weekend year round.
Ira loved the outdoors. He embraced taking care of his lawn and garden that yielded tomatoes and cucumbers each summer during his children’s early years.
Ira valued family above all but he wanted to be happy with his work and he was for many years at Mobil Oil Corproation. He was employed there for twenty years until it was time to move onto he new career with Lehman Brothers where he worked for a little over 10 years. Ira enjoyed the challenge of his work at Lehman Brothers.
For 5 years before their eldest son Bryan was born Ira and Felice had a ski house in Vermont and throughout Bryan’s and Adam’s childhood the family spent each winter skiing the slopes of Killington Vermont.
He loved his babies and loved listening to Felice tell stories about his boys days while he was on the other end of the phone at work. Bryan was the first to arrive in 1975 after Ira and Felice moved into their home in North Woodmere, NY (Long Island) on Flanders Drive.
Ira loved everyone around him. He did not see color, ethnicity or race, he only saw people and he was a friend to everyone he had involvement with. He was interested in helping whoever he could and was willing to go to great lengths for a friend.
Ira and Felice were young when they married but they grew up together and enjoyed a happy and healthy marriage.
Star Trek was a favorite show of Ira’s. He and Bryan often sat in front of the television singing the theme song with each other. As a small child, Bryan spent many a night in Ira’s arms watching Star Trek until they fell asleep.
Ira coached his boys in many sports and was always there to root for his sons in everything they did.
On Sunday October 19th, 2003 at 12:30 P.M., on the corner of Flanders Drive and Park Lane, the Town of Hempstead unveiled and rededicated Flanders Drive (the street where Ira lived for 26 years in North Woodmere) as Ira Zaslow Drive.
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