Roy Louis Kisliuk, of blessed memory, formerly of Newton, MA, passed away of renal failure in the early hours of April 2nd 2020 at Orchard Cove in Canton. He was 91. The son of Max Kisliuk, Jr. and Sue (Pogust) Kisliuk, Roy was born August 4th, 1928, in Philadelphia, and raised in Queens, New York. He attended Jamaica High School before earning a BS in Chemistry from Queens College, then a Masters in Biochemistry from Yale, and a Doctorate in Biochemistry from Western Reserve. As a graduate student in Cleveland, he attended a 4th of July International Students’ Group picnic where he met Ingrid Scheer, who had been a hidden child in Belgium during the Holocaust. They were married that Thanksgiving. Following the birth of their first daughter in 1956, the young family relocated to England for two years so that Roy could pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at Oxford University, in the same department as world famous biochemist Hans Krebs. In 1960, Roy was invited to join the research and teaching faculty at Tufts University School of Medicine. Echoing Roy and Ingrid’s first days together, the family moved to Newton on 4th of July weekend 1960, and their second daughter was born that November. Roy spent many happy years at Tufts, researching and publishing prolifically while teaching Biochemistry, Pharmacology, and Microbiology. His work has had a lasting impact, including contributions to cancer treatment, with the Kisliuk Effect named after him. He retired from teaching as Professor Emeritus in 1999. Roy and Ingrid celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2019. A devoted husband and father, Roy is survived by his wife, Ingrid, his daughters, Claudette Beit-Aharon and Michelle Kisliuk, grandchildren Nathan, Noah, and Miriam Beit-Aharon, and Max Mongosso, and two great grandchildren, Leila and Simon Beit-Aharon. Roy was predeceased by his older brother and role model, the physicist Paul Kisliuk, and survived by his nieces and nephews Amy, Margaret, Tom and Bill Kisliuk. Roy was known for his kindness, sensitivity, and ever-present sense of humor, and leaves behind many happy memories that are a blessing to his family and all who loved him. Due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements, the April 2nd funeral was restricted to 10 local attendees. The family will be conducting shiva visits by video conference. To request information regarding virtual visiting hours, please send inquiries to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herbert S. Rappaport (1926 – 2020)
Herbert Saul Rappaport, 94, passed away peacefully on March 20th, 2020 and was laid to rest beside his beloved wife Roslyn (Schreiber) at King Solomon Memorial Cemetery in Clifton, New Jersey. Before moving to Massachusetts in June 2019, he resided in Boynton Beach, Florida; in Verona, NJ and in East Orange, NJ.
Herb was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and cousin. The cherished Dad of Jeffrey, and his wife Marcy, of Acton, MA; and of Mark, and his wife Patti, of Washington Township, NJ. “Poppie” is survived by his grandchildren: Brian Rappaport & Christina Dykes, and great-granddaughter, Sophia; and Nicole and her husband James Gonser; and his many nieces and nephews.
Herb was born in New York City on February 16th, 1926 to the late Etta (Lasky) Rappaport; ‘little brother’ to his late beloved sisters, Hermina and Natalie. Due to the difficult economic times, he went to live with his Aunt Carrie & Uncle Abe Remstein in Newark, NJ. There, he attended Weequahic High School and graduated in 1944.
That year, at age 18, Herb enlisted in the United States Army. He completed his basic training in Georgia and was ultimately stationed at Ft. Dix, NJ. He served as a Private in the 14th Antiaircraft Battalion and was a revered member of “Our Greatest Generation”.
In 1949, Herb graduated from New York University’s School of Commerce, having successfully earned his college degree while working nights & weekends as a Messenger for the United Nations. He and Roslyn were introduced to one another at the Jersey shore and were married on May 28th, 1950. They began their family in East Orange, upon making their home in a duplex beside Roslyn’s parents, the late David & Mary Schreiber.
Herb worked as a Sales Manager for Krich & Associates of Newark, the premier distributor of RCA Victor entertainment products and Whirlpool appliances in the NY/NJ area. He was successful in every aspect of his job and was consistently recognized with numerous sales excellence awards. Herb also excelled in his Sales Management positions at D.J. Mytelka in Scotch Plains, NJ; and at Reitman Industries and Shop-Rite Liquors, both in W. Caldwell, NJ.
In Verona, Herb distinguished himself in service to the community by running for the Verona Town Council in 1967; and served as President of the Verona Little League in 1968 and 1969. Herb was most proud to be an active and respected leader at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Verona, which later became Congregation Beth Ahm. He was appointed President of Beth Ahm and, in May 1994, he was honored by its members with a reception at the Richfield Regency.
In Boynton Beach, Herb was recognized for his service as an Emergency Response Manager for his community at Tuscany Bay.
Herb graciously shared the gift of his “values” – Family, Faith, Home and Traditions – with his family, extended family and friends. He blessed all of us with his heart, which was filled with compassion, charity, kindness, strength and warmth. He is missed dearly by all whom he touched.
Donations in Herb’s memory to the following or to the charity of your choice will be appreciated:
Congregation Beth Elohim, 133 Prospect Street, Acton, MA 01720 www.bethelohim.org
Congregation Shomrei Torah, 30 Hinchman Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470 www.shomreitorahwcc.org
There will be a Memorial Service in celebration of Herb’s 94 years, at a time when it is safe to do so.
Norma Handler Osit
Born: September 16, 1940 / Passed Away: March 21, 2020
Norma (Handler) Osit was born on September 16, 1940 in the Bronx, NY and unexpectantly passed away on March 21, 2020 in her Delray Beach, Florida home. She leaves her husband Joel Osit of Westborough, MA; her son Matthew and his wife, Pamela Potter-Osit of Roslyn, NY; her daughter Shari and her husband Chris Innamorati of North Grafton, MA; and her 4 grandchildren Tyler and Sara Osit, Sofia and Brooke Innamorati. She was the youngest daughter of four children of Toby and William Handler. She is survived by her brother Seymour Handler. And was predeceased by her sisters Sheila Resnick and Florence Gottlieb.
After marrying Joel in 1961, she moved to Rochdale Village Queens, NY where they had two children. For the majority of her life, she lived in Hauppauge, Long Island. While there, she worked as a teacher, bookkeeper and auditor. The family did lots of activities together such as driving cross country to CA, camping trips, Broadway shows and so much more. She received her undergraduate business degree and her Masters’ of Business Education from City College, NYC.
While living in NY, Norma spent many days with Matthew, Pamela, Tyler (12) and Sara (11). In 2013, she moved to Westborough Massachusetts to be closer to Shari, Chris, and twins Sofia (5) and Brooke (5). She truly enjoyed endless social activities with new friends in the Orchard Hills 55+ community where she lived a happy and full life.
During winter months, Norma and Joel were snow birds in Delray Beach, Florida where she was busy and active every day. She would spend her time socializing with friends (and even strangers), shopping for things she really didn’t need, playing Mahjong and Canasta, and dining at her favorite restaurants such as 3G’s. And most importantly, looked forward to her kids coming to FL for vacation.
She had the most joy when she was with her grandchildren, all of us being together during family vacations, buying jewelry and elephants wherever she traveled, and her frequent trips to Costco. She enjoyed planning and hosting parties in her home – this was one activity that she absolutely looked forward to. Norma loved hearing about her grandchildren’s accomplishments, milestones and stories. Her husband, son, daughter, grandchildren, family and friends were her world and we all benefited tremendously from her cooking made with love (especially her noodle pudding!).
For every one who knew her, we all have lost something very unique and she will be missed by many in New York, Massachusetts and Florida. Her energy, dynamic personality, warmth, open book mannerisms and smile will be remembered forever. She was a jewel of a wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
As many may know, she had the strength to battle breast cancer twice. With this, donations in memory of Norma may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at www.bcrf.org.
A private ceremony was held on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at the Beit Olam East Cemetery, Wayland MA.
Marlaina Kreinin (nee Marlene Louise Miller), beloved wife, mother, and grandmother died March 27, 2020 in Tarrytown, New York. She was nearly 87 years old and left us peacefully as she slept. Born April 26, 1933 in Crystal Falls, Michigan, daughter of Jean and Herman Miller.
The eldest of two daughters, one of a few Jewish families in Crystal Falls, she and her sister, Laela, were sent to a neighboring town for Hebrew school. Her grandfather, Eli, came from Poland and started Miller’s General Store. Marlaina’s family kept a kosher home. A proud yooper, Marlaina wrote a collection of stories about growing up in the Upper Peninsula, in which she remembers being in nature with her father and her friends. She graduated from the University of Michigan in English Literature, and later earned a master’s degree from Michigan State University, where she then taught Family Health Ecology and co-authored a textbook.
Marlaina met Mordechai “Max” Kreinin playing ping-pong at Hillel at the University of Michigan. They married and settled in East Lansing, where they raised three daughters. As a mother and grandmother, Marlaina encouraged mischief and fun, building forts, snow igloos, and leaf houses. An avid reader, she gave books for every occasion. Marlaina was a devoted Jew and a lifelong supporter of Israel. She welcomed the town to our Sukkah every fall and hosted festive Chanukah parties for all eight nights of the holiday. In 1970, Marlaina was part of a small group who started a new synagogue, Kehillat Israel, in Lansing and, eventually, was also a member of Congregation Shaarey Zedek.
Marlaina made a home for her family in over 20 different cities around the globe due to Max’s job as an economics professor at MSU. In numerous countries and in East Lansing she hosted countless parties welcoming international scholars.
Marlaina was a poet, a writer, and a storyteller. Both ahead of her time and a product of her time, her writing was informed by marching with her young daughter for civil rights, against nuclear proliferation and against the Vietnam War. She was an early health food advocate–much to her children’s dismay–and an environmentalist who knocked on her neighbors’ doors to stop pesticide use. Her daughters and their friends could earn a penny for each dandelion they picked in the yard because she refused to spray pesticides. As a feminist, she advocated for a women’s international court. She was part of a women’s yoga circle, loved her garden and nature, took voice and dance lessons, and loved music, and art.
Survivors include three daughters, Tamar Kreinin (Rosalind Hinton), Elana Markovitz (Dr. Dennis Markovitz), Miriam Souccar (David Souccar); four grandchildren, Raviv Markovitz (Michal Latzer), Netana Markovitz, Noa Souccar, Lyla Souccar; niece Melinda Saulson, nephew Eli Saulson (Michele Saulson) and the Saulson family of Franklin, Michigan; sister-in-law Oshria Pik and her sons and grandchildren and great grandchildren in Israel. Marlaina is preceded in death by her sister, Laela Miller Saulson, and her husband Max.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Greater Lansing Food Bank, University of Michigan Hillel or Rain Forrest Action Network.
Bert Romm, 87, of Newton Center, MA, formerly of Waban, MA and Belle Harbor, NY, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 28, 2020 after battling Alzheimer’s Disease. He is survived by: children—Elisa Romm of Greenwich, Ct., Eric and his wife Karen Romm of Sudbury, MA, Jonathan and his wife Kirsten Romm of Potomac, MD, ten grandchildren—Max, Madeline, Myles, Mason, Miller, David, Sophia, Preston, Emma and Caela Wheeler, siblings—Phyllis Hahn, her husband Norden of NY, NY, Martin Romm and his wife Karen of Jupiter, Fl. and sister-in-law Shirley Siff of Worcester, MA and Palm Beach, Fl., nine nieces and nephews, and most importantly the love of his life, Faye Shrago Romm, formerly of Goldsboro, NC, who was by Bert’s side for 59 years. Bert was the son of Joseph and Amelia Romm of Belle Harbor, NY. He was born in Philadelphia PA., moving with his family in early life. Bert was a strong athlete. In his teenage years he preferred to be on the basketball court in a local “pick-up” game. His basketball prowess served him well when recruited for the Army and eventually chosen to join the Seventh Army Basketball Team to entertain the troops during the Korean War. He was also a very avid golfer. He passed down his athletic talent through the generations. Bert was a visionary and a brilliant businessman. He achieved a successful career in the shoe business, designing and selling shoes for companies including Plymouth Shoe, Gold Seal Rubber, Lowell Shoe, Dexter Shoe and was a trailblazer by starting his own shoe manufacturing business out of Mexico. He was a lifetime member of the Two Ten International Footwear Foundation, whose mission is to improve the lives of footwear employees. After retirement, Bert spent his time supporting the success of aspiring young entrepreneurs. As a proud member of the Score Organization, he helped countless businesses to achieve success with his advice and guidance. Bert was the life of the party. He loved bringing people together through his love of food. As a retiree he went to culinary school, embodying the vigorous passion of youth despite his great age. Although Bert has left very large shoes to fill, there is no doubt that his legacy will live on and flourish through the many loved ones he leaves behind. Services are private. Donations in his memory may be made to: Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Dr. Dennis Selkoe research for Alzheimers), The Good Shephard Community Hospice, 90 Wells Avenue Newton, MA. or the Esther and Mannah Shrago Scholarship Fund, Brandeis University. Office of Development Box 9110, Waltham, MA.
Entered into rest, peacefully, on March 27. Beloved wife of the late Jacob Shapiro, sister of the late Melvin Cohen and mother of five devoted children: Carol Schiller and her husband, Myles, of New City, New York, Deborah Gordon and her husband, Patrick, of Newton, Ellen Shapiro Brown and her husband, Barry, of Boston, Robert Shapiro and his wife, Julie, of Los Angeles and Elizabeth Shapiro of Natick. Grandmother of twelve loving grandchildren: Gabrielle Schiller and his wife, Daniela, of Los Angeles, Benjamin Schiller and his wife, Caryn, of Needham, Jesse Schiller and his wife, Jolie, of Los Angeles and Elysse Schiller of New York; Zachary Gordon of Newton and Abigail Gordon of Newton; Ethan Brown and his wife, Zoe, of San Francisco, Jenny Brown and her husband, David, of Jamaica Plain; Max Shapiro of Los Angeles, Daniel Shapiro and his wife, Ely, of Chicago; Rachel Becker of Chicago and Jacob Becker of Washington, D.C. Great grandmother of the beloved Zayde, Jacob, Eyla, Mason, Arthur, Boden, Jack and Asher – and many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.
A remarkable woman who filled each day of her one hundred and one years with caring and compassion, unbounded energy and a commitment to public causes and democratic ideals. Ruth was a woman far ahead of her time.
Ruth never held back from a cause that was right and just, no matter how challenging. When daughters of immigrants rarely attended college, she determinedly worked her way through Boston University and, afterwards, throughout the Second World War at the Boston Army Base and the USO.
Ruth proudly recalled that her first vote was for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and she remained a lifelong active member of the Democratic Party for over seventy years as a ward representative in Newton and active member of the Democratic State Committee. She advanced policies and platforms that read like a record of her time: women’s rights, minority and civil rights, fair labor practices, energy policy and religious freedom.In our age, she would have broken the barrier for women in public office. As a woman of her time, she nevertheless made sure that her voice was heard.
Ruth’s home was constantly filled with friends, political candidates and people from all walks of life. She was an incredible conversationalist, never shying away from topics or intellectual argument – yet, always respectful to those she engaged. As it was often said, “five minutes with Ruth and she would know your life story”,
Her age never stopped her interest in issues facing our world, in people, her family and in her friends. Up to this moment, she continued her regular attendance at the Boston Ballet, theater and Red Sox games – and she loved a celebration. Ruth’s hundredth birthday was legendary. Steve Grossman, former Massachusetts Treasurer and Chair of the National Democratic Party served as master of ceremonies as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Ed Markey, Congressman Joe Kennedy and the Mayor of Newton Ruthann Fuller congratulated Ruth. The event went far into the night with no one partying harder than Ruth, herself.
We are so grateful to Ruth for all that she brought to our lives. We cherish the memories of knowing her and being with her, of the ideals she fiercely held and of a life well lived.
In light of present limitations on gatherings, funeral services will be private. Her family looks forward to holding an event honoring Ruth as soon as the present health crisis ends, In Ruth’s honor, the family would appreciate donations in her memory to the Ruth Shapiro Fund, Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Brookline, Massachusetts.
Ruthe Betterman Shain, 90 years old, passed away on March 25, 2020. She was the beloved and devoted daughter of the late Sophie and Maurice Betterman. The devoted wife of the late Sumner Shain for 62 years. Beloved and devoted mother of Heidi and Luciano Caruso of Framingham, MA, Lisa and Alan Liss of Brookline, MA, and Carey Shain of Holbrook. Ruthe was the beloved and devoted grandmother of Julia Caruso, and Mia Liss. Loving sister and aunt to her late brother Jack Betterman and his family, and sister Shirley Green and her family. Ruthe loved her teaching and was loved by her students. She loved her home, which meant everything to her when she was well. She loved her cats, the birds, and planting flowers in her greenhouse. Ruthe loved her summers with her family and her parents in Bryantville on the lake in the Pine Grove. She loved going back to college at Simmons and going on to work at the Law Library at the New England School of Law. She went on to teach English, and Literacy at Massasoit, and for a time at Quincy College until she was 81. Due to the Corona Virus, services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MA Audubon Society, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983.
Judith (Herskowitz) Young, formerly of Portsmouth, NH and Randolph, MA, died suddenly and peacefully at her home in Foxboro, MA on March 22, 2020. She was a loving and devoted wife to Sheldon Young for 57 years. In addition to Sheldon she leaves behind her children Carolyn and Kenneth Platter and Sharon Saltzman and her biggest pride and joy, her grandchildren Jake Platter and Sydney Salzman. She is also survived by her much loved sister, Linda Rosenfield and niece Laurie Rosenfield and nephew Ken Rosenfield and family.
After graduating from Boston University, Judy landed her first job for Popular Boating magazine in New York City. When returning to the New England area she left her mark working for the renowned George O’Day, sailboat builder and Gold Medal winner at the 1960 Olympics. As her children settled in school, Judy became the smiling face at the office of Louis Bardfield, Optometrist. Then, when the Striar Jewish Community Center opened in Stoughton, MA, Judy was hired as Membership Registrar. Shortly thereafter, her grandchildren went to pre-school there. She worked there for 17 years. She was loved and respected by both staff and members, Judy was known for her warmth, caring, sense of humor and upbeat personality.
Judy took pride in being a lifetime member of Hadassah.
On a personal level, Judy had a passion for art and literature. She always loved to read and could always remember quotes from books she read. She thoroughly enjoyed her Book Club and newly met friends!
Judy followed her grandchildren’s every accomplishment. Her grandchildren, family and friends were her world and we all benefited tremendously from her love (and her cooking made with love!). We will miss her dearly.
We know that Judy would think it a good idea to give back to her sanctuary, the Foxboro Public Library. If you would like, please send a donation in her honor to the Boyden Library, 10 Bird Street, Foxboro, MA 02035. Burial services must be private at this time. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Morton A. Geller, 88, of Chestnut Hill, March 23, 2020. Son of the late Isadore Geller and Shirley (Bershatsky) Geller. Beloved husband for almost 60 years of Laurel E. (Gretsky) Geller. Devoted father of Jeffrey Geller and his wife Lili and Pamela Wapnick and her husband Eric. Proud grandfather of Cody, Sabrina, Jake and Chloe Geller, Samantha and Sarena Wapnick. Loving brother of Libby Lynch Landman.
Morton retired as Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Taxes at Bank of Boston. He held an MBA from Wharton Business School. His greatest love was his wife, children and grandchildren.
Private burial will take place at Sharon Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial gifts be made to Massachusetts General Hospital division of Nephrology. Memorial gifts may be made online at email@example.com or sent to Massachusetts General Hospital Development Office, 125 Nashua St. Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.
By Brian Marquad , printed in the Boston Globe March 23, 2020
To get a sense of Larry Rasky’s natural affinity for public relations and political consulting, it helps to know that he didn’t step into his first major campaign job in the late 1970s from the ranks of reporters or aspiring spin doctors.
He was a security guard.
Mr. Rasky, the chairman and chief executive of Boston-based public relations firm Rasky Partners, and a legendary consultant who helped guide the campaigns of several top Democratic candidates, was 69 when he died Sunday morning in his Quincy home.
His son, Will Rasky, said his father died not long after waking up, and the cause of death was uncertain.
Mr. Rasky was a confidant of Joe Biden, the former vice president, and last fall he helped launch Unite the Country, a super PAC to support Biden’s presidential bid.
“He was a real friend,” Biden said by phone Sunday evening.
“He was also generous and sharp and he just had a spirit about him. His passion for politics was amazing,” Biden added.
At earlier, difficult political junctures “he gave me confidence,” Biden said. “No matter how down I was going into something, that ridiculous laugh of his would always make a difference. He always knew when to kid and when not to kid.”
Massachusetts Democratic politics can feel like a family, said John F. Kerry, on whose early US Senate campaign Mr. Rasky had served as communications director, “and Larry was one of the heads of the family, without any question.”
Mr. Rasky, he added, “was one of the most experienced, most capable, most well-liked, and in a way iconic” members of that group, which stretches back to the 1970s.
When Mr. Rasky joined those ranks more than 40 years ago, though, he was finishing what he described — honestly but with a slight PR flourish — as “a long and unillustrious” academic career that brought him an Emerson College bachelor’s degree at age 27.
At the end of the 1970s, he was working security in a building that housed the campaign headquarters for President Jimmy Carter’s reelection bid and Joseph Timilty’s final run for Boston mayor,
As top campaign workers came and went, Mr. Rasky spoke so knowingly about politics that he was soon sent to Iowa, where he worked on Carter’s primary campaign before becoming deputy press secretary for the Carter-Mondale national campaign.
The rest of his career became the stuff of public relations legend in Boston, the state, and the nation, much of it through firms he founded or cofounded: Paradigm Consultants, Rasky & Co., Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications, and Rasky Partners.
He had served as Biden’s press secretary when the then-US senator from Delaware ran for president in 1988 and was a close adviser for Biden’s subsequent bids.
Mr. Rasky’s list of candidate-clients formed a who’s who of Democratic elected officials in Massachusetts, among them Kerry; Raymond L. Flynn, a mayor of Boston; and a state treasurer, Robert Crane.
“I think the reason people loved him was his deep loyalty to his friends and the causes he believes in,” said US Senator Ed Markey, for whom Mr. Rasky had worked when Markey was a member of the US House of Representatives. “It’s something that just drew people to him, and it’s why so many people are missing him today.
Candidates and elected officials also valued Mr. Rasky’s expertise in deciphering indecipherable public policy.
“He had an uncanny ability to take complex issues, reduce them to a simple form, and then communicate a message which could change the way in which people viewed that issue,” Markey said.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who had sought Mr. Rasky’s counsel since serving in the state House of Representatives in the late 1990s, said the death was “a big loss for our community,” and for him personally.
“It was kind of a stop-in-your-tracks moment when I heard this morning,” Walsh said. “It makes you take a step back.”
Along with political clients, Mr. Rasky and his firm represented people and institutions in retail, health care, philanthropy, higher education, and sports.
The Rasky Baerlein incarnation of his firm, which he formed with Joseph Baerlein, worked on what became the winning bid by John Henry and his partners to purchase the Boston Red Sox. Henry also now owns The Boston Globe.
Though Mr. Rasky grew up across the Hudson River from New York City, he became a Red Sox fan, traveling regularly to spring training games. His love of baseball was such that Markey used the sport as a metaphor to describe Mr. Rasky’s ability to manage any crisis.
“When your team is in desperate straits,” Markey said, “Larry Rasky would be the relief pitcher you would bring in to strike out the other side and win the game.”
Lawrence B. Rasky was born Feb. 9, 1951, and grew up in Teaneck, N.J., the son of Albert Rasky, who had an interior decoration and furniture business, and Sarah Novick, a school secretary.
graduated from Teaneck High School and ended up in Boston, where his tenure at Emerson lasted longer than that of most students.
“At various points of my adolescence I thought I was going to be the great American novelist, a radio deejay, or somehow active in politics,” he told the Globe in 1990.
His allegiance to Emerson remained constant. He graduated in 1978 and at the time of his death was a trustee emeritus.
After Carter’s presidential reelection bid fell short, Mr. Rasky and Allen Stern formed Paradigm Consultants, where among their clients was Flynn in his successful run for Boston mayor.
The firm closed afterward, and Mr. Rasky was a top campaign aide for John Glenn’s Democratic primary bid in Iowa in 1984.
“I had been in a couple of Boston mayor’s races, which is a well-known training ground for national politics,” Mr. Rasky told C-SPAN, describing his qualifications that February.
That video interview, from when he was 33, showed Mr. Rasky as so many knew him: carefully considering questions, and never rushing answers.
“Larry spoke kind of slowly and methodical,” Walsh said. “When I asked him for advice, he thought it all through before he spoke.”
Nevertheless, Mr. Rasky was hardly a buttoned-down policy wonk. He could handicap horse races with the best of them, and “he loved music,” said his son, Will Rasky, an associate vice president at Rasky Partners and an adviser to the Unite the Country PAC.
“He was enamored in particular with jam bands,” Will Rasky added, “and he was a devoted fan of the Grateful Dead.”
Mr. Rasky “kind of had the energy of a teenager, but the wisdom of the ages all wrapped in one person,” Markey recalled.
In 1986, Mr. Rasky married Carolyn Eckel, who worked on art in national ad campaigns for advertising agencies.
“Our family can barely bring ourselves to find any words about the loss we feel. He was a good and loyal friend, and he gave his love to everyone in equal measure,” she and Will Rasky said in a statement.
“We lost Larry too soon, but we will always carry the marks of the love he showed to his family and friends,” they said, adding that “Larry put other people first every day, and our best tribute to him will be time do the same.”
A memorial service will be announced for Mr. Rasky, who in addition to his wife and son leaves his parents, who live in Lantana, Fla., and his sister, Renee Chernus of Novato, Calif.
“I don’t believe Larry ever studied or took a course in PR or media relations. And yet I have never seen a better practitioner — as a crisis counselor, a consigliere to politicians, an adviser to corporate titans, and an adviser to the many causes he championed,” said Justine Griffin, managing director of Rasky Partners, who added that “you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the local media or political and corporate world who didn’t at one time or another seek his counsel.”
At the top of that list was Biden, whose success Mr. Rasky had long sought and helped guide.
“Somebody called me today and said that part of Larry’s life dream was to see Joe Biden elected president of the United States,” Walsh said. “My comment was, ‘He’s helping from above today.’ ”
John Hilliard of the Globe staff contributed to this report.