We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Asheville Area Alternative Funeral & Cremation Services
Allan M. Abrams, 90, of Asheville, NC passed away on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at Mission Hospitals in Asheville, NC. Born August 25, 1931, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Harry Jonah Abrams and Ethel Silverman Abrams. He was an alumnus of Catholic University where he received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Prior to attending Catholic University, he attended the Army Security Agency (ASA) at Fort Devens, MA, earning an Electrical Intelligence and Electronic Warfare certification. He served in the US Army, where he was stationed in Germany, from 1952 to 1955. The majority of his professional career was spent at IBM, where he worked as an engineer for 25 years, before retiring to the mountains of North Carolina. He enjoyed many hobbies and interests throughout his life, including gardening, pottery, metal working, wood working, and spending time outdoors, building or fixing many things. He was a member of Chabad House in Asheville, where he enjoyed the meaningful and welcoming community. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Phyllis Shulman and Dorothy Green. Surviving are his daughters, Joan Copperthwaite and her spouse, Jerry, of Cary, NC, Eve Wooldridge and her spouse, Russel, of Ellicott City, MD, and granddaughters, Lauren Copperthwaite of Cary, NC, and Julia Wooldridge of Ellicott City, MD. Rabbi Susskind of Chabad House came to the hospital Sunday evening prior to Allan's passing. The visit turned into one of the last gifts his family had hoped for Allan, in that the Rabbi led several friends and family in song of the full Shema Yisrael prayer, the Vidui prayer and the Baruch atah Adonai prayer. It was beautiful to hear Allan sing along, and hopefully offered the finest possible ending to his life given his health situation. His daughter, Joan, would like to extend her gratitude to the Chabad House of Asheville, NC and Rabbi Shaya Susskind, Cantor Joseph “Yosi” Knight, Harry Pierson, Marc Shimberg, Stacey Feldman, and Arnold Green for their love, support, care, and friendship to her father over the past 15 years. In keeping with his wishes, his body will be cremated, and his urn will be buried on his parents gravesite, at Arlington National Cemetery.