Greist, E Harold Jr.
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E. Harold "Hal" Greist, Jr., age 89, passed away peacefully on March 9th, 2013 at St. Vincent's Medical Center. He was known for a keen intellect, an optimistic outlook on life, and a loving heart. He lived in Stratford for the last 30 years of his life. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Northbridge Health Care Center who treated him with such great care during the last few years.
Born in Hinsdale, IL on June 17th, 1923, he moved to Connecticut and graduated from Danbury High School in 1940. He attended Erskine College and the University of Alabama before graduating from Yale University's Sheffield Scientific School '45W with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He was also a World War II U.S. Army Air Force Veteran.
Professionally, Hal worked as a salesman and manager for most of his career. As an executive at Time, he created and ran a division named "The Span of Time", which later became Time-Life Books. Subsequently, he worked as a human resources specialist at Tie Communications. After retirement he remained active in the sales community with part-time work at Long Wharf Theater.
Always mindful of his community, Hal served on many groups and committees including The Coastal Chordsmen, Hall Neighborhood House, The Discovery Museum, Stratford's Commission on Aging, and the Northbridge Resident's Council. These civic-minded efforts were foreshadowed during his time in Danbury when, as a senior, he established the high school's first student council.
Hal was a loving father who never hesitated to brag about the accomplishments of his children. In his own words, one of his greatest accomplishments in life was to never have missed any of his children's' teacher conferences.
Hal was predeceased by his parents, Edwards, Sr. and Florence Greist and younger sister Patricia Brady. He is survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Lewis and Marilyn Greist of PA, Gordon and Jeanne Greist of PA, Don and Janice Greist of FL; three children, Leslie Yolen and her husband Dan of NY, Kimberly Greist of CA, and E. Harold Greist III and his wife Lisbeth; three grandchildren, Jeffrey Sheldon, E. Harold Greist IV, and Hailey Greist.
Friends are invited to attend the memorial service on Friday, March 15, 2013 from 2 to 5 PM at the Pistey Funeral Home, 2155 Main Street, Stratford. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Discovery Museum of Bridgeport, CT www.discoverymuseum.org. Please visit www.pisteyfuneralhome.com to leave condolences online.
Published in Connecticut Post on Mar. 12, 2013