Paul S. Asplundh, 81; led tree firm

Paul S. Asplundh
Paul S. Asplundh
Posted: June 17, 2012

Paul S. Asplundh, 81, of Huntingdon Valley, board chairman of Asplundh Tree Expert Co. in 1995 and 1996, died Wednesday, June 13, of metastatic bladder cancer at Abington Hospice at Warminster.

Mr. Asplundh was a son of Griffith Asplundh, one of three brothers who began the business in 1928.

The Willow Grove firm works to keep power lines clear of trees and undergrowth in several locations across the nation, and in a few foreign countries.

Among other accomplishments, Mr. Asplundh helped develop the firm's fully insulated aerial lift, a company spokesman said.

Daughter Paige Cumming said her father "was very proud of the growth that the company had" during his years there.

Born in Bryn Athyn, Montgomery County, Mr. Asplundh earned a bachelor's degree at Pennsylvania State University in January 1954 and was an Air Force radio communications officer in what was then French Morocco from 1954 to 1956.

Mr. Asplundh had begun working for the family firm during college vacations and joined its staff in 1956.

After overseeing tree crews in Maryland, he was named operations manager in Virginia in 1960 and vice president in 1962.

Mr. Asplundh returned to the firm's corporate headquarters, where from 1965 to 1996 he helped lead operations. Named to the board of directors in 1967, he was elected chairman in 1995, retired from daily operations in December 1996, and continued as a board member until 2006.

He was president of the Jenkintown Chamber of Commerce in 1970-71 and was a board member of several organizations, including Abington Memorial Hospital, the Academy of the New Church, Huntingdon Valley Country Club, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Besides his daughter, Mr. Asplundh is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Lee; sons Scott, Brent, and Gregg; and 12 grandchildren.

A memorial service was set for 4 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral, 900 Cathedral Rd., Bryn Athyn.

Donations may be sent to the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, 2955 Edge Hill Rd., Huntingdon Valley, Pa. 19006.

Contact Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

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