BREWSTER - Astrid Nakashian McLean, 72, of Brewster crossed into the end zone on Friday, July 24, 2020. Her loving partner of 17 years, Fred Byrne, was by her side. She fought a short, but courageous, battle with cancer.
Astrid, who wanted simply to be named “Jane,” was born on September 7, 1947, in White Plains, NY. She was the daughter of Dr. Meran and Astrid Nakashian. Her father was a family doctor in the days when doctors made house calls and her mother, a nurse. She grew up in Ludlow, MA, where her father had his practice. Her father and older brother were ardent football fans and Astrid learned to love and embrace the sport as well. Through the years she was a faithful fan of the Patriots. For Astrid, Tom Brady would always be the GOAT. She earned her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College and her Master’s Degree in Library Science from Rutgers. Although she worked in several school systems, the majority of her career was as elementary and middle school librarian in the Chatham Public School system. Astrid forged many lifelong friends among her colleagues.
Astrid traveled internationally to Ireland (funded by a Wesgtate grant), Scotland and France. She hiked in Lake Tahoe, made some memorable road trips and enjoyed her winter week for the past decade with friends in Venice, Fla. However, it was always good to come home to Cape Cod and sit by the water’s edge at Paine’s Creek or Sesuit Harbor. You might guess: She loved to read. After retirement in 2006 Astrid began learning tai chi, striving to master its form and philosophy. Here, as in teaching, she developed strong connections. All who knew Astrid admired her vibrant spirit and her integrity, intelligence and gracious kindness. Yet she had a keen sense of humor that could catch the uninitiated completely off guard.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Craig Nakashian
(July 10, 2020). Astrid is survived by her partner Fred Byrne; Craig’s wife Elaine Nakashian of Gulfport, Fla.; her niece Lauren Nakashian of Wilbraham; her nephew Dr. Craig Nakashian (Zoe) and her grandnephew Meran and grandniece Pelin of Texarkana, Texas.
“To love or have loved,
that is enough.
Ask nothing further,
There is no other pearl
to be found in the
dark fold of life.”
From the “zen zone to the end zone,” Astrid was loved, deeply loved.
Please honor Astrid’s memory in the way you feel best.