Robert “Bob” A. Kass, beloved husband of Betty Ann (Dickinson) Kass, with whom he shared over 53 years of marriage, passed away on April 10, 2012 at the New England Homes for the Deaf, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Boston, he is son of the late Anthony J. Kasmouski and Evelyn (Duff) Kasmouski and stepson of the late Anna Kasmouski.
Bob worked as a lithographer for over 40 years in the Boston area for Wilkscraft Printing, Rapid Service Press and George H. Dean Co. He played basketball for four deaf clubs during his 12-year career. His teams made the finals six times and won two championships. Bob was an outstanding third baseman during his 10-year softball career. In 1954, he played for the Sporal Deaf Club team, which swept three tournaments and went on to win the NEAAD crown. Bob batted over .500 during that year and his “glove” saved many games. He was a former president and treasurer for the Deaf Bowling League at the Town Line Ten Pin in Malden. Bob also served on the board for the Revere Club for the Deaf. In 1986, Bob was inducted into the NEAAD Hall of Fame for Basketball and Softball, then into the NESBAD Hall of Fame for Bowling in 1996. He was very involved in the deaf community and helped to raise funds to build the new nursing home at the New England Homes for the Deaf. Bob volunteered his time there as well as at the Beverly School for the Deaf. In his retirement years, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, bowling, golfing and playing cards. Best known for his sense of humor, Bob was always making people laugh. He loved spending time with his family and his countless friends. He was very proud of his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children: Donna Beaulieu and her husband Thomas of Beverly, Andrea Kass of Jacksonville, FL, Brian Kass and his wife Linda of Peabody; three brothers: Ronald, Kevin and Danny Kasmouski; one sister: Debra Russo; three grandchildren: Anthony Beaulieu, Lauren Kass and Andrew Kass. He is predeceased by his son, Kenneth Kass.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church, 253 Cabot St., Beverly on Monday at 11:00 A.M. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Campbell-Lee, Moody Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., Beverly (North Beverly Location) on Sunday from 1 to 4 P.M. Burial will be in North Beverly Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the New England Homes for the Deaf, 154 Water St., Danvers, MA 01923; or Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B102, Danvers, MA 01923. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.