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Robert M. Staskin


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Robert M. Staskin

1929-2016 PITTSFIELD Robert M. Staskin, 86, passed away on Saturday February 20, 2016 at Mt. Greylock Extended Care Facility where he had resided for the past three years. Born in Pittsfield on March 18, 1929, son of Isador and Jennie Staskin, he spent his early years in both Pittsfield and Lenox. Bob was employed by the City of Pittsfield Public Works Dept. as a heavy equipment operator and retired after 38 years of service. He was a fectionately nicknamed "The Rabbi" and was called that by not only his co-workers, but the Pittsfield and State Police Officers. Bob was married for 54 years to the love of his life, Irene (Polikoff) Staskin. They were truly a team in both their marriage and their commitment to community service. Irene passed away in 2009 and not a day went by that he didn't talk about her and how someday he believed he would join her. For 40 years, Bob had the pleasure of playing Santa Claus for various daycares, agencies and individuals. His co-workers at the City Yard held a raffle to get the money to get him his own Santa suit, so that he didn't have to borrow one. Along with his wife, he was involved in many volunteer activities. They actively began a fundraising campaign (which was later joined by UNICO) to raise the money to get a thermal imaging camera for the Pittsfield Fire Department. They also started Cans for Kids, collecting cans and bottles to redeem so that money could be given to the Department of Children and Families at Christmastime so that gifts could be bought for children in need. The couple were the joint recipients of awards from RSVP, the Pittsfield Senior Center and the Berkshire Regional Council of NASW in recognition of all their volunteer work in the community. Bob leaves his daughter, Susan, of Pittsfield and his brother Gene (Pat) of Pennsylvania. He will always be remembered for being a man who spoke his mind and for his commitment to the community he lived in. The family would like to thank the staff on South 1 and Hospice for all their support to Bob in his final days. FUNERAL NOTICE: Services were held Monday, February 22, 2015 at Flynn & Dagnoli-Bencivenga Funeral Home with Rabbi David Weiner Spiritual Leader of Congregation Knesset Israel officiating, burial followed at Knesset Israel Cemetery. Shiva will be observed at 498 Pomeroy Ave., Pittsfield from Monday February 22 to Thursday February 25 from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. Minyan will begin at 7:00p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to Cans for Kids or HospiceCare in the Berkshires in care of the FLYNN & DAGNOLI-BENCIVENGA FUNERAL HOME, 5 Elm St. Pittsfield, MA 01201, which is in charge of arrangements. To send a card or message please visit WWW.FLYNNDAGNOLIFUNERALHOMES.COM
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 23, 2016
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