Abraham Ashkenasi

Dad 4

Abraham Ashkenasi

May 14, 1934 – March 27, 2016

Dad 5

My father passed this morning.  He died peacefully in his sleep.

His health had been failing precipitously for many weeks now.  He spent a week in the hospital in February (and I am grateful I got to spend time in person with him then), but luckily he was able to come home and be cared for in his own house in his own bedroom for the last six weeks.  That was what he wanted.  He wanted to be home.

My mother, brother and I are sad we didn’t get a few more years with him, but are comforted that his passing was not too difficult, that he was mostly comfortable, and that he was where he wanted to be, at home, with my mother.

Dad 6

My brother David and I with our parents at their 50th wedding anniversary party in 2012

Dad 2

Dad 1

As is wont to happen in times like these, strange thoughts enter the mind.  And as Ed made a remark about today being Easter, I thought about the irony of my secular Jewish father passing today, and found myself channeling Dad’s brash sense of humor, imagining him in his prime making a joke about it all, raising his arms while pretending to be dancing on a table and shouting out “The Ashkenasi has Risen!”

I mimicked the pose and for a short moment felt like I had become my father.

I love you Dad.  Rest in Peace.

Dad 3

About dannyashkenasi

I'm a composer with over 40 years experience creating music theater. I'm also an actor, writer, director, producer, teacher and general enthusiast for the arts.
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2 Responses to Abraham Ashkenasi

  1. Dirk Verheyen says:

    Dear Danny,
    a wonderful remembrance of your father! I am grateful to have known him, starting in Berkeley in the 1980’s, and to have been so graciously hosted by your parents at their home during my sabbatical year back in the 1990’s. My heartfelt sympathy to you as you mourn his passing. May he continue to be an inspiration to you.
    Best regards,

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  2. Joann Elder says:

    Just found this post. Great pictures. So happy to have known your Dad. Quite a guy!!
    Love from both Jo(e)’s

    Liked by 1 person

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