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Irving Bashevkin

January 5, 1924 - June 7, 2015 Irving Bashevkin, 91, died June 7. A resident of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Adams, Mass., he was the widower of Esther (Green) Bashevkin, who died in 2010. The son of David and Annie (Feder) Bashevkin, he was born and raised in North Adams, graduated from Drury High School, and earned a degree from Bay Path College in 1943 just as he entered the Army. He served with the 107th Evacuation Hospital in Europe during World War II where he earned the rank of Technical Sergeant. Upon his discharge in 1945, Mr. Bashevkin joined the family business, Butler Coal and Grain Company in Adams, which became Butler Wholesale Products, where he worked until his retirement in 1994. Mr. Bashevkin served on the board of many local organizations, including North Adams Regional Hospital, Hoosac Bank, United Way of Northern Berkshire, Hospice of the Berkshires, and Sinai Academy. Among the honors he received for his philanthropic work are the Judge Ernest Rosasco Humanitarian Award in North Adams and the Carpe Diem Award and Civic Award from Bay Path College in Springfield. He is survived by three of his eight sisters and brothers, Robert Bashevkin (Barbara) of Williamstown, Mass.; Helen Yulman of Palm Beach, Fla.; and Ruth Kelman of Voorhees, N.J. He also leaves his loving companion, Arline Levine of Sarasota and Pittsfield; his daughters, Sylvia Bashevkin of Toronto, Canada and Rachel Bashevkin of Middlebury, Conn.; and grandchildren, Dalia Levy of Vancouver, Canada; Aviva Levy and her husband Adam Walman of Toronto, Canada; and Elie Bilmes of Brooklyn, N.Y. Funeral and burial were in Sarasota, Fla. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sarasota Manatee Jewish Housing Council, 1951 North Honore Ave, Sarasota, FL 34235 or to a .
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on June 13, 2015
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