Eric Chasanoff

Newsday, By Sarah Jackson

Updated July 17, 2020 6:33 AM

Eric Chasanoff of East Islip is often remembered for his eagerness to help those around him.

“Any time we needed help from him, he was 100% there, even for the tiniest things,” said his daughter, Marissa Yen, 35, of California.

When Chasanoff’s grandson refused to learn how to ride a bike and needed a little extra coaxing, it was Chasanoff’s “calm, patient way” that finally did the trick. “Literally two minutes later, my son was riding the bike all over the place like he’d been doing it for years,” Yen said.

Chasanoff died on May 5 from complications of the coronavirus. He was 69.

Born in the Bronx and raised in Manhattan, Chasanoff earned his bachelor’s degree from Belknap College in 1973 and his master’s degree in meteorology from the Polytechnic Institute of New York in 1975.

Early in his career, Chasanoff worked for the Environmental Protection Agency and the City of New York. He then worked as a meteorologist at NBC and spent time at an environmental consulting firm before becoming an earth science teacher in Queens. He retired in 2019 after teaching for more than 20 years.

Throughout his career, Chasanoff was a fount of advice and support for his colleagues. He ran a blog called “Chaz’s School Daze,” where he shared his experience and knowledge as an educator, helping fellow teachers navigate everything from unions to pensions.

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