Emil Guido Justrich
  • 77 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 22, 1938
  • Place of birth:
    Zurich, Switzerland
  • Date of passing: Sep 22, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    California, United States
Always in our Thoughts Forever in our Hearts

This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved dad, Emil Justrich.

An extraordinary man of honor, quite strength, and dedication to his family.
Deep in our hearts you will always stay... loved and remembered every day.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Larry Collins on 22nd September 2017

"Two years on, and we still feel your absence every day and we still talk about your wisdom and the way you lived your life, laughed, cared, and loved.  Tracy misses her Daddy, and the kids miss Grandpa and the fun times at your house.  So you should know that you are not forgotten and never will be.  Rest well, Emil."

This tribute was added by Larry Collins on 26th June 2017

"Emil, just yesterday Tracy left me a message about the way you taught her to make her own decisions by being so patient, non-judgmental, and allowing her to find her own answers with out trying to impose them on her.  You were so smart, and you left so much good behind in your wake.  Larry"

This tribute was added by Larry Collins on 23rd June 2017

"Happy Birthday, Emil. We thought about you alot today, and we know you were watching over Tracy and the kids today, ironically, on your birthday.  We could feel your presence when the verdict was rendered.  Take care and always know that we miss you and your wisdom and your calm, collected demeanor.  Your daughter misses you so much. Love, Larry"

This tribute was added by Shirin Rowhani on 22nd September 2016

"Emil; I miss you!"

This tribute was added by kevin justrich on 22nd September 2016

"Yo old man!! Cant believe how time flies! You are always on my mind every single day. What a true example you left of excellence. I will smoke a Territan 100 for you later today!! Still got about 7 left in one of the packs you were working on!! We will all be together again soon! Have it all hooked up for us please!! lol Love you dad always and forever your son kevin"

This tribute was added by Larry Collins on 22nd September 2016

"Thinking of you today, Emil.  You are so sorely missed by Tracy and me and the kids.  Tracy knows you have been there with her, and she feels your presence when you know it's most important.  Thank you for having left such a special legacy.  She lights up my life every day.  Love, Larry"

This tribute was added by Shirin Rowhani on 22nd June 2016

"Happy Birthday Emil.. Your smile in my last night dream tells me you are happy wherever you are"

This tribute was added by Beena Raman on 22nd June 2016

"Emil - Thinking of you today... and sending angel wishes... for a heavenly birthday!  Love you & Miss you!  Beena"

This tribute was added by Shirin Rowhani on 23rd March 2016

"I miss you Emil"

This tribute was added by Larry Collins on 29th November 2015

"Happy Thanksgiving, Emil.  You are remembered with reverence, and you're loved always by your family.  Tracy and I talk about you often, and she feels your presence.   Larry"

This tribute was added by Tracy Justrich on 7th October 2015


With deep sadness and broken hearts, the children of Emil Justrich announce his passing. He left this life peacefully on September 22 with family around him after a lengthy and heroic fight with cancer.  Emil’s last weeks were spent comfortably in his home, cared for by his children and grandchildren. He joins his dearly departed former wife Donna, who preceded him in death by twelve years but to whom he remained forever devoted. He will also be reunited with his cherished mother and the father he lost as a baby. Emil is survived by his four loving children: Lee, Tina, Tracy and Kevin, along with 12 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and his dear brother, sister-in-law, nephews and nieces.

Emil was born on June 22, 1938 in Zurich, Switzerland. After attending Swiss Military School, he emigrated to the United States in 1962 and was hired as a clerk by Air Sea Forwarders. Emil, with his tireless work ethic, impeccable attention to detail, and inherent Swiss diplomacy became the trusted advisor to ASF's founder, and led as General Manager of all branches and operations within the company. Emil was loyal to anything he committed to; going on to serve 52 years at ASF. He was integral to the company’s growth and it’s eminent position in the world of international freight forwarding.

At the age of 75, he retired from his modest corner office with that hard, leather couch, where he not only solved logistic issues, but also those of the heart, by lending an ear and offering sage advice to anyone who needed it. Emil was a stellar leader and confidant, and he finally retired from Air-Sea to spend more time with family and to enjoy his home and some well earned solitude.

From his children: “Our dad’s very name became synonymous with Air-Sea Forwarders because of his outstanding dedication and direction, but it was at home where he was the greatest leader, mentor, provider, and protector of all time… and most importantly, just ‘Dad’. We always knew his love and pride for us. Dad was our ‘rock’. We could count on Dad to guide and support us without fail. We know our father to be a man of honor, humility, quiet strength, selflessness, wisdom, and unconditional love… and a funny little critter, too!  Anyone who was fortunate enough to know our dad also knew him to be knowledgeable, thoughtful, polite, and a consummate gentleman. The world lost a remarkable man, and we lost our world. We cannot adequately express the emptiness in our lives without our hero, and now, our second parent.

Rest easy, Dad… your life was well-lived and we are fortunate and proud to have you as our father. Give Mom a kiss for us. We know you are both watching, and we will honor your memory in every step and breath we take.

Profoundly loved and revered, and sorely missed, our dad will always remain in our thoughts and hearts. At his request, we will have a private family internment. Those wanting to share their memories or send their wishes can do so on a rememberance website (TBA) or email directly to tracyjustrich@gmail.com, in which we will post to celebrate his life and legacy."

This tribute was added by Jackie Lucas on 7th October 2015

"To the family,
  Though I don't know you personally, please accept my deepest sympathy during this time of  loss. When I have lost loved ones in death, I have found it comforting to know that there is a hope for the future. The bible helps us to appreciate that we can see our loved ones again.  Acts 24:15-" there is going to be a resurrection." God is capable of restoring life back to those who have past away. Ther bible assures us he will do that soon.
Please visit jw.org for more information"

This tribute was added by Tracy Justrich on 7th October 2015

"(Written 9-25-15, once I could utter the words...)

This week, I had to say goodbye to my daddy. I am heartbroken and not sure how I'll get through the rest of my days without being able to call him for his sage advice and hear his funny accent, or feel that sense of peace and calm I always felt the minute I saw him. I could go on and on about what an honorable and devoted man he was... But truly, words would not do justice. I aspire to be the parent he was and the kind of gentle, genuinely good person he was. I have never had one moment where I haven't known his unmeasurable, unconditional, profound love for me, and I have never known him to do anything less than what was "best" and "right"... even (and often) at his own sacrifice. He is an unsung hero and I know that there are many people who are better for knowing him. I am lucky and proud to be his daughter.

Goodnight, Dad. Sweet dreams, I love you."

This tribute was added by Tracy Justrich on 7th October 2015


On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulder
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.

And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The gray window
And the ghost of loss
Gets in to you,
May a flock of colors,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the curach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.

John O'Donohue"

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