Stanley Abrams passed away at his home on Sept. 18, 2019, after a long illness. Born on Sept. 29, 1955, Stan was raised in Brooklyn and moved to Port Chester, NY, in 1989.
A 1973 graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Stan began his career in banking as a teller at Greenwich Savings and Loan in Manhattan. Once his skill and intellect in computer science was discovered by his managers, Stan was moved immediately to the information technology department of the bank. He survived several bank mergers over the years, being retained each time for his knowledge and work ethic. He completed his career in 2018 at Emigrant Bank in Elmsford, NY, having served as a programmer/analyst there for many years.
Stan shared with his older brother, David, a love of gadgets and new technology, and a fascination about science and the machinations of the universe. He enjoyed watching movies, was a classic rock fan, and was a self-proclaimed news junky who was passionate about politics and current events — and about discussing latest developments and commenting on Twitter. Stan also loved dogs, and cherished the memories of the miniature schnauzers in his life: his beloved Schtickel and “nephews” Shekel and Teddy.
In his mid-thirties, Stan was diagnosed with a virus that affected his heart. Due to the generosity of a donor who had passed away and the advances of modern medicine, Stan had a heart transplant on Nov. 17, 2005, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. While there were inevitable ups and downs over the next 14 years, Stan was able to continue to live a productive life, for which he and his family are ever grateful. Many thanks are extended to his cardiologist, Susan Restaino, MD; the transplant team at NYPH; and his other primary and specialty care providers.
Stan was predeceased by his loving parents, Larry and Rita Abrams, and is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, David and Cheryl Abrams of Syracuse, NY, and several cousins. He wished to be cremated, and his remains will be released into the universe on what would have been his next birthday, Sept. 29, 2019.
Contributions in his memory are best made to a favorite charity benefitting the care of animals. Stan’s last requests would undoubtedly be these: Become an organ donor to help save a life and vote Democrat in 2020 to defeat Donald Trump and the complacent Republicans in office to save our nation.
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