Robert W. Bassemir,92 of Jamaica, N.Y. passed away Tuesday, February 14,2017 in Jamaica Hospital after valiantly fighting battles on many fronts. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on May 19, 1924, a son of Catherine(Kutteroff)Bassemir and George Bassemir.
He was an active parishioner of Our Lady of the Cenacle Roman Catholic Church,Richmond Hill, N.Y.for over 85 years, having served on the financial council for many of them.
Robert, was an Army veteran of WWII. A member of the 104th Infantry Division, 415th Infantry Regiment of the Timberwolves (night fighters),he saw action in France,Belgium,the Netherlands and Germany.As a proud veteran, he faithfully attended yearly reunions of the Timberwolves around the country.He was awarded two Purple Hearts.
After graduating from Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Elementry School,Forest Hills,N.Y. he completed his high school education at Newtown High School,Elmhurst,N.Y.in the technical area.Upon Upon graduation,he secured a job at Sun Chemical in N.J. and attended The Cooper Union,NYC,at night pursuing a degree in chemical engineering until bing drafted in 1942. After his discharge from the Army,Robert continued his education and graduated from the Cooper Union in 1949.Returning again to Sun Chemical,he spent the next 56 years advancing as an ink chemist,Robert held numerous positions in professional organizations and published many technical research papers.He also obtained many significant patents in his field.
Surviving Robert are two nieces,Priscilla C.McNamara,New Rochelle,N.Y.and Dorothy J.Meyer,Fleetwood,PA.four grand nieces and nephews and 10 great grand nieces and nephews.Also three foster sons:Alan O'Shea,Ft.Lee,NJ,Robert O'Shea,husband of Nancy,Paramus,NJ and Michael O'Shea,Loveland,CO.He was predeceased by a brother,George Bassemir,and sister,Dorothy Bassenir Mullins.
Robert enjoyed traveling professionally and personally,cooking gourmet,going to the theatre,museums and historical sites and taking photographs of everything.As a life ong learner,he was always ready to take on the new and the different,especially anything in technology.
He especially valued his family who made it possible for him to pursue his aducation and never hesitated to pay it back by donating generously to a multitude of charities.
Visitation at Simonson Funeral Home will be held on Monday,February 20,2017 from 2-5 and 7-9PM.A celebration of life Funeral Mass will take place at Our Lady of the Cenacle RC Church,Richmond Hill,NY at 9:45AM on Tuesday,February 21,2027 followed by interment at George Washinton Cemetery,Paramus,NJ
Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center,1275 York Avenue,N.Y.10065 or firstname.lastname@example.org