Manchester businessman and civic leader, Elias Emile "Skip" Ashooh, 68, passed away on October 24 in Manchester.
While active in dozens of civic and charitable causes, he will be remembered in particular for the influence he had on the creation of a civic center in Manchester, which became the Verizon Wireless Arena and is now the Southern NH University Arena.
According to WMUR, Ashooh died from a stroke.
According to his obituary, Ashooh, “abided in the love of many things, but three especially: his wife Gail, his family, and the City of Manchester.”
As chair of the Manchester Development Corporation, he led the effort on behalf of Mayor Ray Wieczorek and the board of aldermen to bring the civic center to fruition, from the selection of the architect to securing an American Hockey League franchise, the Manchester Monarchs.
Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. The family would like to extend an invitation for all to join with them for a celebration of Skip's life at a date and location to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are encouraged to any of the Manchester charitable organizations devoted to the betterment of the city.