Robert Bassetti

Obituary of Robert P. Bassetti

Robert "Bob" Bassetti, 83, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday September 15th at Bishop McCarthy Nursing home where he had resided since May. Bob was the oldest child of James and Dolores (Tamanini) Bassetti. He was a 1958 graduate of Sacred Heart High School where he was active in baseball. At age 16, Bob joined the Army National Guard and served for 7 years. Upon graduation, Bob was a truck driver before he became a barber. He started a business with partner Ed DeJoseph - Bassetti & DeJoseph Barber Shop and eventually became the sole owner. During that time he routinely cut hair at the Old Soldiers Home (Veterans Memorial Home) in Vineland which brought him much joy. In the mid 1970`s Bob began B&B Produce with partner Richard Bacigalupo before becoming the sole owner. He had locations in Hammonton, NJ and Benson, NC. He invented the concept of wrapping potatoes in plastic which is used today to microwave potatoes. Bob was actively working until his 80`s. Bob was a devoted long time member of the Wilkinson Deer Club in Shamong, NJ. Nothing interfered with deer hunting during the first week in December each year. In the 1970`s Bob was the Athletic Director for St. Mary`s School in Vineland NJ where he coached baseball, football and girls basketball. Bob loved sports and spending time at the Jersey Shore. In his younger years he loved snow skiing in the winter and water skiing in the summer. He was even known to ski barefoot on calm summer days. Bob is survived by his children, Elaine Buchberger (Dale), Laurie Trongone (John), Melanie Heath (Dave) and the mother of his children Phyllis Bassetti; brother James Bassetti (Diane); sisters Marlene Scott and Cheryl Densten (Bruce); his grandchildren Zachary Buchberger(Niki), Camille Doherty, Jenna Trongone (Rob), Anthony Venuto (Brittany) and two great grandchildren. Bob is predeceased by his parents James and Dolores Bassetti; second wife Janet (Stevenson) Bassetti; grandson Nicholas Venuto and brother-in-law Roger Scott. Services will be private for family only. Donations can be made to St. Mary's School, Vineland, NJ or The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Ronald McDonald House. To send online condolences please visit our website at
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