The Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago is deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Mengistie Asressie (affectionately referred to as Gash Mengistie), who passed away after fighting Covid-19 complications.
Gash Mengistie has been our towering community leader, a founding member of ECAC in 1984, ECAC’s first president, and a current board member. Gash Mengistie is a larger than life figure for Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans in the Chicagoland area. He was loved by all and easily socialized with all groups both young and old. He was deeply involved in making positive and lasting changes in the community, culture, and lives of Ethiopians. We are working with the family to provide a detailed account of Gash Mengistie’s life and contributions which we will share shortly.
We will also provide details of a funeral service (which is restricted to immediate family members due to the CDC and IDPH compliance requirements). Below is contact information for those of you who wish to reach out and support the family. More information to follow.
Should you feel led to support the family during this difficult time, please give using one of the following options.
• Zelle to Muluget Ayele at 773-443-5260
• Cash/checks delivered to
Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant & Bar
6120 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60660 or
Demera Ethiopian Restaurant
4801 North Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60640
• By mail to Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago at 5800 N. Lincoln Ave. Unit A/B, Chicago, IL 60659.