Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 7, 2013

Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, 80

Andover — In the late evening on Oct. 25th, 2013, Ásgeir Ásgeirsson passed away at Academy Manor after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 80 years old.

A 1955 graduate of Boston College, Ásgeir grew up in an Icelandic home where he was one of the first of his extended Icelandic family to attend college in America. Ásgeir’s father, Kormakur, one of 9 siblings, and his mother, Johanna, one of 8 siblings, came from Reykjavík Iceland to Brighton, MA where Ásgeir attended school. Ásgeir’s father, Kormakur, was an Icelandic fisherman. He fished off the Georgia banks and would go on two week trips returning home with fresh haddock and Cod for all their friends and family. Kormakur fished on the boats with his Icelandic brother, Arni, the only two siblings to migrate to America. Ásgeir was an only child but had four first cousins in America named Solveig, Jon, Paul and Arni Ásgeirsson.

Ásgeir was known for his Nordic genes of height and strength at Boston English High School where he was an exceptional shot put thrower and athlete. He was a very successful track and field athlete placing in numerous collegiate events in the shot put, discus, and javelin throws. One of his best childhood friends was Harold Connolly, an 1956 Olympic gold medalist for the hammer throw. Ásgeir and Harold had many adventures together at Brighton Taft Elementary School and later Boston College. They were on the high school track team together.

Ásgeir was very proud of his Icelandic heritage and engaged in the Icelandic and Scandanavian communities. He was known for always wearing an Icelandic sweater and enjoying Icelandic smoked salmon for lunch. He met his wife, Nina Thornton, at a Scandanavian mixer. Nina had recently returned from a year in Finland as part of the AFS program. Ásgeir was named after his Icelandic uncle, Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, who was the second President and former prime minister of Iceland from 1952-1968. He was also very proud of his first cousin, Gunnar Hjaltison, who was a famous Icelandic artist. Ásgeir collected many of Gunner’s paintings throughout his life as a hobby. Ásgeir was always very connected to his heritage and enjoyed taking his three children to Iceland to learn about the culture and family.

Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Nina Ásgeirsson of Andover and Falmouth, who he never forgot or stopped loving. His loving sons, Mark Ásgeirsson, Erik Ásgeirsson and his wife, Claudia, of Rye, N.Y., and his daughter, Joan Calhoun and her husband, Michael. Ásgeir was blessed and delighted by his six granddaughters, Karina, Krista and Kyra Calhoun and Fiona, Annabel and Victoria Ásgeirsson.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the Academy Manor in Andover, made in Ásgeir’s name and to the Alzheimer’s Association. We would like to give special thanks to all the staff at the Academy Manor for their exceptional kindness and care to Ásgeir.

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ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral will be celebrated in his memory Nov. 10th, 2013, at 1 p.m. at St. Barnabas Chapel, 91 Main Street, Falmouth, MA, where Ásgeir and Nina were married 48 years ago. A burial will be held immediately following the funeral at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Falmouth. A reception will follow at 41 Beccles Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540.