Share this article

print logo

Adolph Bassanello, Akron mayor, trustee, postmaster and fire chief

April 4, 1924 - March 31, 2017

Adolph Bassanello, who served as mayor, trustee and postmaster for the Village of Akron, died Friday in his Akron home after a short illness. He was 92.

A World War II veteran, Mr. Bassanello served as a Navy aviator and  retired as a commander from the Navy  Reserve in 1975.  He was  member of L.L. Tillman Post 900, American Legion.

Mr. Bassanello served as postmaster of the village for 18 years, until 1987. He joined the Akron Fire Company in 1948, rising to the rank of chief and was honored as Fireman of the Year four times.

He was a village trustee from 1963 to 1966  and served as mayor from 1967 to 1968. In 2006 he was honored as Akron Democrat of the Year.

A daughter,  Patricia L. Schafer, said her father in 1972 helped found the Jolly Boys, and remained active in the charitable organization for many years. In later years, Mr. Bassanello traveled extensively.

Mr. Bassanello's first wife, the former Joyce Schultz, died in 1970.

Survivors also include his wife of 44 years, the former Faith Marie Caulfield; a son, Michael; another daughter, Mary J.; three stepsons, Sean, James and Patrick Reilly; one stepdaughter, Denise Reilly; a sister, Anita Calnan; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Teresa's Roman Catholic Church, 5771 Buell St.,  Akron.

There are no comments - be the first to comment