Robert J. Asselin

EXETER - Robert J. Asselin, 65, of Exeter, died on Jan. 3, 2013, at his home. He recently moved to Exeter and was a resident of Dover for the last eight years, and was formerly of Manchester.

Born on Oct. 3, 1947, in Littleton, he was the son of Joseph and Marquerite Asselin. He attended Lincoln schools and was a graduate of Linwood High School in 1965.

Bob voluntarily enlisted in the Army in June 1965 at the age of 17. He went to basic training at Fort Dix, N.J. He then attended the Army Finance School at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., for basic finance procedures and Army accounting courses. At the end of these courses, Bob and one other soldier were ranked at the top of the class and were selected for accounting work. Sent to France, he was stationed at the Army post in Paris and was assigned to work at the NATO Finance and Accounting Office. During his three years of service, he was awarded the Soldier of the Month for his posted area several times. After being discharged, Bob joined several local area veterans organizations.

Bob enrolled in New Hampshire College for a B.A. in business administration/accounting. He graduated in 1972. During his junior and senior years, he worked for the Internal Revenue Service through the IRS Intern Program. Upon graduation he immediately began employment as a revenue agent with the IRS. During his many years as a revenue agent, he received numerous awards for job performance, including the Portsmouth District Director's Award, recognition for his contributions to the fraud program and special act awards. Bob spent several years as an "OJI" (on the job instructor) for new hires. Bob also was recognized for his participation in CPE training for his presentations on technical topics.

Over the course of his career, Bob worked primarily out of the Manchester office. He also spent a few years working in Berlin. He spent many years commuting to the Hampton area as well as Hanover. His last five years of employment were spent working in Boston. Bob spent many years as a team coordinator in the large case or CIC program. He developed specialized knowledge in the areas of mergers and acquisition as well as the insurance industry. Bob retired from his 42 years of public service on Dec. 31, 2010.

Bob has been a member of the employee organization NTEU since June 1972 and continued his membership into retirement.

Bob had been a member of the AICPA and the New Hampshire Society of CPAs since 1985. From 1993 through 1996, Bob served on the board of directors for the N.H. State Society of CPAs. He served on a committee for long-term society office site planning and co-chaired the CPE committee. He received the 1999 Distinguished Leadership - CPA in Government award from the N.H. State Society of CPAs.

Bob was also member of the Manchester Historical Society. During the 1980s, he and his brother, George Asselin, owned and personally renovated a historic brick building in downtown Manchester.

In 1991, Bob received the Distinguished Government Service Award from the N.H. Federal Executive Association. Bob was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.

Bob enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and was known to be available to help others whenever they had a need. His passions included spending time at his summer residence on Newfound Lake and the New England Patriots. He will be deeply missed and affectionately remembered as a generous man, a wonderful mentor to colleagues, dear friend and devoted family member.

He is survived by his wife, Karen (Lile) Asselin; a sister and brother-in-law, Louise and Gary Knox; two brothers and sisters-in-law, George and Marie and Denis and Judy; nieces, Kendra, Carrie, Catherine; and nephews, Garrick, Conor and Samuel; grand-nieces, Kirin, Lila and Emily.


services: Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Michael Church, 9 Lincoln St., Exeter. A memorial Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial with military honors will be at a later date at Riverside Cemetery, Lincoln.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the , 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford 03110, or to Amy's Treat, P.O. Box 2234, Dover 03821.

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Funeral Home

Stockbridge Funeral Home
141 Epping Road Exeter, NH 03833
(603) 772-0400

Published in Union Leader on Jan. 6, 2013