Robert H. Bascom
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1940-2012CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT
PITTSFIELD Robert Holden Bascom, 72, of 56 Zeff Drive, a long time Public Accountant in Pittsfield, died November 13, 2012 at Berkshire Medical Center. He was born in Pittsfield on February 11, 1940, the son of Ralph B. and Ethel MacRoberts Bascom. He was educated in Pittsfield schools and graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1957 and the former Berkshire Business College in 1958.
He worked as a staff accountant for George P. Hunt, Public Accountant from 1958 to 1965 when he became a Public Accountant and a partner in Hunt, Bascom & Co. until 1974 when he formed his own firm of Robert H. Bascom, Public Accountant which became incorporated in 1980 as Robert H. Bascom PC. In 1985 to 1986 he worked for the firm William J. Fenton CPA, PC and went back to his own office until 1989 when he joined the firm of Silber, Kushi & Myers CPA's PC (now known as Kushi & Myers. PC). He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1998.
He leaves his wife, Mary Ann Zaorski LaFlash Bascom, whom he married on July 3, 1982 in Pittsfield; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Joyce and Frank L. Coffey of Pinehurst, NC and a nephew Paul L. Coffey on New York City.
He was an active member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and served as its Director of Acolytes since 1963. He was a Vestry Member for 18 years serving as Clerk, Treasurer, Junior and Senior Warden and was Chairman of the Finance Committee. He was a member of the Worship Committee and served as Chairperson for several years. He was installed as Verger on June 4, 2006.
He was also active in the community and served on the Board of Directors of the Family and Children Service for several years, was Treasurer of the Christian Center from 1968 to 1977 and was one of its incorporators. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Pittsfield Area Council of Churches from 1975 to 1985 and served as its Treasurer and was given an Outstanding Service Award. He was active in the Kiwanis Club of Pittsfield since 1964 and served as its Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President and President and was the Lt. Governor of Division 27 from 1979 to 1980. He was a Volunteer Usher at Tanglewood for about 25 years. He was Treasurer of the Salisbury Resident's Association from 2000 to 2007 and was elected as its President in June of 2007. He was elected Treasurer of the Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County, Inc. in 1995.
He was a member of the U. S. Coast Guard Reserve from 1961 to 1969 and obtained the rank of Yeoman 3rd Class.
FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be November 19, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church with a Eucharist. Burial will be in the Pittsfield Cemetery. Calling hours will be November 18, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the WELLINGTON FUNERAL HOME which is in charge of arrangements. Friends may wish to make a Memorial Contribution to the St. Stephen's Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home 220 East St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Thoughts and wishes for the family may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
He was the accountant for the Wellington Funeral Home and part of the Wellington Family for over 50 years, where he was very much appriciated and loved, and we will miss him very much.
Be at peace, Godspeed Bob!
Wellington Funeral Service
220 East Street Pittsfield, MA 01201
Published in The Berkshire Eagle from Nov. 16 to Nov. 17, 2012