Abraham Neigher, 103, of Springfield, has died. He was predeceased by his wife, Molly. Born in Springfield, he was the son of Shimshon and Gittel Neigher. He grew up in Springfield and attended the High School of Commerce where he played basketball on the varsity team. He served his country during World War II as a pharmacist’s mate in the Navy. He was stationed at the Chelsea Naval Hospital in Boston, and later in a hospital in Maine, where he took care of sailors and marines returning from the South Pacific islands with serious tropical disease. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of New England and was honored by that organization. He appeared on the Jerry Lewis Telethon on their behalf. He was a Shriner, and a 32nd degree Mason. He was the national toy buyer for Kings Department Stores for 26 years, and president of Nobel Specialties Corporation. He was a devoted volunteer for the Springfield Jewish Nursing Home. Through his fundraising efforts the synagogue there was dedicated as The Neigher Family Chapel. The Abe Neigher Award is presented monthly in his honor to a member of the nursing home staff. He was a lifelong member of Beth Israel Synagogue. He is survived by a son, Bill Neigher and his wife, Susan, of New Jersey; two grandchildren, Aaron Neigher and his wife, Liz, and Deborah Neigher of Los Angeles, Calif.; and a great-granddaughter, Vera, of New York City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Neigher Family Chapel Fund, Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home, 770 Converse St., Longmeadow, Mass 01106 or online at ASCHER-ZIMMERMAN FUNERAL HOME


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