Jason Ian Roif of Hastings — a loving father, devoted volunteer firefighter, versatile sportsman, crafty card and bingo player, accomplished fiduciary accountant, willing chauffeur to anyone who needed a ride anywhere, and empathetic friend — succumbed to cardiac arrest on Friday, Sept. 24, at age 63. He was battling gastro-intestinal cancer.
Jason was born in the Bronx on April 9, 1958, the son of Harriet and Harold “Hal” Roif. His family moved to Flushing when he was a toddler. He remained close to several pals from the neighborhood with whom he would shoot hoops, play unlimited arc softball, and raise heck.
A graduate of Baruch College, Jason was a certified public accountant who loved to watch the way the numbers would come together.
More than anything, Jason reveled in being with his sons, Zachary, now 32, and Ben, 29. He rarely missed a sporting event either played in, from pickup whiffle ball to baseball and basketball championships. Earlier, he spent hours reading to them, or letting them run toy cars over his body. Both Zack and Ben were with Jason throughout his final days, reliving shared events, trips, and people.
“I had a good life,” he said near the end.
Babies, the elderly, and pooches also loved Jason.
Jason met Brooklyn native Sue Weinstein on the sand in Miami Beach when they were both 19, under the pretense of borrowing sunscreen. He travelled more than 5 hours to and from Sue’s residence when they were dating. They were married in 1981. For 17 years, he was comptroller and chief fiscal officer of Beansprouts, the nursery school Sue launched in Brooklyn in 1980. They remained together for more than 30 years.
Jason was proficient in tennis, softball, and basketball. He golfed, too, and was an ardent poker player. Indeed, there were few things Jason could not accomplish when he put his mind to it. He was not, however, a dancer.
Jason was, in the words of his friends, a “model gentleman” and a “class act” with “a big heart” and a “huge smile.” He was “supportive,” “joyful,” “game," “caring,” “a mensch,” “liked by all,” and “the big guy” in all the admirable ways.
Jason was a volunteer interior attack firefighter for years and treasurer of Riverview Manor Hose Company #3.
Jason is also survived by his older sisters, Robin and Dian, and younger brother Russel.
Services were Sept. 27. Please make donations in Jason’s name to the American Cancer Society or the Riverview Manor Hose Company #3, 83 Euclid Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706.