Harry Kassel, Five Towns businessman, 100 years old | Herald Community Newspapers
During his 100 years, Harry Kassel, a resident of Hewlett Harbor, was a successful businessman, establishing the country’s largest kosher beef wholesale business in the 1960s and lending a hand in what has become Mount Sinai Nassau Hospital in Oceanside.
Kassel died on June 29. He was 100 years old.
Former kosher beef wholesaler, emeritus and former chairman of the board of directors of Mount Sinai Nassau Hospital (originally South Nassau Communities Hospital), is said to be a businessman who feared no one but possessed a personality very contagious and energetic.
“We will forever remember and be grateful for Harry’s service, commitment, loyalty and leadership as a member and chairman of the board,” said Joseph Fennessy, co-chairman of the board, in A press release.
In the 1960s he founded and ran Flushing-Zeger in Kassel and, as an innovator in the food industry, he was the first to adopt the brand new Cryovac technology. This allowed the meat to be hermetically sealed before being shipped. The company supplied the majority of New York’s best restaurants, hotels and supermarkets.
Almost 20 years later, Kassel had established an export-oriented cooperative of 250 Israeli agricultural entities to bring Israeli food products to an international market. He also played a role in management consulting with several of the country’s largest food brands. Including Land O ‘Lakes, Hebrew National, Armor & Co. and more while serving on the boards of directors of several public companies.
He also served his community as a longtime vice-president and board member of the Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Center in East Rockaway, where he was for years a board member and vice-president. .
Community service was seen as a tradition rather than a burden. Kassel served on the grievances committee of the New York State Court of Appeals. He was the first of businessmen considered blue collar workers to be appointed to this post. Before that, the committee was only made up of lawyers.
Kassel served on the board of directors of South Nassau Communities Hospital for three decades, before being appointed to the board in 1994.
He was then elected Chairman of the Board of Directors and held that position from 1998-2004. In this position, he worked tirelessly to expand the Board of Directors into a well-organized governing body with a focus on needs. residents of communities on the south shore.
After 25 years of service, he retired from the Mount Sinai South Nassau Board of Directors in 2019 and served ad emeritus. He then devoted countless hours to various hospital committees, was known as a generous donor and a very effective fundraiser.
“His legacy of volunteering his time, talents and leadership is a lasting inspiration to the Board of Directors as he continues his dedicated work of providing the vision, innovation and strategic advice that enables Mt. Sinani South Nassau to fulfill its mission: to provide quality and accessible health care and medical services to the residents of Long Island. Fennessy said in the statement.
Kassel had enjoyed traveling with his wife for 74 years. Zeena, who is still alive. The couple visited museums and attended cultural events. He is survived by Zeena, his daughters Wendy and Lisa (Mitchell Winter), his son Richard (Penny Venetis) and his five grandchildren.
A funeral service was held at the Chapels on Riverside Boulevard in Hewlett on July 2. He was buried at Mt. Ararat Cemetery in Lindenhurst.