Harold Irving Geringer

by | Mar 11, 2016 | Obituaries

NEW YORK—Harold Irving Geringer, a remarkable father and grandfather, devoted husband, wonderful friend, loving brother, and dedicated lawyer passed away peacefully on February 23, 2016, at the age of 84.

Harold was preceded by his beloved wife of 53 years Eleanore, his parents, Nathan and Betty, and his brother Martin.

Left to cherish his memory and celebrate the life he led are his children Geoffrey Geringer, Laura Gross and her husband Fredric, Elizabeth Lieberman and her husband Gary, and four devoted grandchildren, Benjamin, Alyson, and Rachel Gross, and Spencer Lieberman. Harold is also survived by his sister Ann Lieberman and husband Leo, his brother Saul Geringer and wife Martha, his in-laws Harold and Sylvia Nissen, his special friend Phyllis Gershon and a host of nieces and nephews with whom he was very close. Also surviving are a group of lifelong and devoted friends who supported Harold until the end.

A founding partner of the law firm Geringer, McNamara, & Horowitz, LLP, originally Lian & Geringer, Harold graduated from the City College of New York and the Brooklyn Law School. Harold almost fulfilled the prediction that he would need to be carried out of his office before he would retire, as he continued to practice until two weeks prior to his death. Despite the demands of his practice, and his love of the law, Harold was a caring and involved husband and parent and loved being with his family, especially when it involved being out on the bay on one of his many boats, all named We II . Boating became a passion, with Eleanore as his First Mate, and the kids as the Crew.

Harold was also devoted to serving his community, originally in Merrick, and later in New York City. Always devoted to helping those in need, Harold would never say no to a charitable request—leading to a vast collection of “give aways” from various groups. He was also devoted to his Judaism and to the State of Israel, serving as president of his Synagogue, Temple Israel of South Merrick and participating with many organizations committed to the support of Israel.

A graveside service was held at the New Montefiore Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Harold Geringer to the Icahn School of Medicine, Mt. Sinai Hospital, for MDS/ AML Research/Dr. Navada Fund or a charity of your choice.