John Joseph D’Asaro, an Oak Park and River Forest resident for 55 years, died at Elmhurst Hospital on Jan. 14, 2015 after an extended illness. Jack, as he was known to many, was born on May 16, 1936 in Forest Park to Joseph Anthony D’Asaro and Cynthia Damiani. He attended Proviso Township High School and graduated from the University of Illinois before joining the accounting firm of Ernst and Ernst and becoming a member of the Illinois Society of CPAs in 1961. He spent his entire career at Ernst, through corporate changes that saw him as a manager at Ernst and Whiney and again at Ernst and Young, from which he retired. He was a member of the Chicago Society of Association Executives.
In addition to his acumen for numbers and accounting, Mr. D’Asaro enjoyed a lifelong connection to community and to the performing arts, and he wore many hats as a volunteer. Behind the scenes, in 1969, he founded the Concert Tour Association (CTA) to help offset the costs of the 60-student-large Oak Park and River Forest High School annual orchestra trip. He also served as treasurer for the OPRF Symphony.
Onstage, he lent his talents to several productions for Oak Park Musical Theatre, including a star turn as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. He loved golf and was a dedicated Chicago sports team fan, preferring the Cubs over the White Sox, and was a huge fan of the Fighting Illini.
He was a great listener, a man of measured words, and devoted to his family.
Jack D’Asaro is survived by his children, (Rebecca) D’Asaro, John (Cindy) D’Asaro, Cathy (Randy) McBeath, Martha (Mike) Bowman, and Diane (John) Kitzman; his brother, Thomas D’Asaro; his grandchildren, John Kitzman, Jonathan, Rachel, Josiah and Andrew D’Asaro, Emily Bowman and Sarah (Erich) Peterson; and his great-grandchild, Amelia Bowman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara D’Asaro.
At his request there will not be a funeral or memorial service.