Nonagenarian Gershon Meir passed away on April 23 as a result of complications due to COVID-19.

Born during peacetime in the Jewish community of Budapest, Hungary, young Gershon’s life was turned upside-down with the onset of World War II and the Holocaust.

His miraculous journey of survival took him from place to place until he found refuge in Antwerp, Belgium. There, Meir studied in the yeshiva of the revered Pupa Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Greenwald, who noticed the gifted young survivor and gave him special consideration.

Eventually settling in the United States, Meir had a long and successful career in the IT departments of the Federal Reserve, and later at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, never abandoning his Torah studies and learning. For many years, he maintained a study partnership with the late Rabbi Nosson Gestetner, a leading halachic authority in Israel, and was deeply involved in communal charities and affairs.

He was predeceased by his wife, Chana, in late 2019. Meir is survived by their four children—a son and three daughters—as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Son-in-law Meir Eckstein was also a casualty of the coronavirus, passing away on April 8.

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