|Birth: ||Aug. 23, 1917|
|Death: ||Oct. 27, 2006|
Robert was born a son of John R. and Alice (Ness) Bass.
He attended Wilton schools, Deerfield Academy, Bowdoin College (B.A., 1940) and Harvard Business School (MBA, 1942).
He served in the Navy in World War II as a Gunnery Officer in a forward turret of the USS Phoenix, participating in many battles in the Pacific including the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
He married Martha Lord of Augusta and with her raised five children, all of whom live and work in Maine, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
He was predeceased by Martha; his brother, George; and sister, Margaret.
He joined the family shoemaking business, G.H. Bass & Co., after the war, serving in a variety of capacities including treasurer, president and chairman of the board until his retirement in 1978, when Chesebrough Ponds, Inc., acquired G.H. Bass & Co.
He was an avid skier, which he combined with his business experience to help form Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Club and subsequently Sugarloaf Mountain Corporation in the early 1950s, serving as Sugarloaf's president in the first 12 years of its existence.
He was very active in the ski retail business, helping form the National Ski Credit Association and the principal ski industry trade association, Ski Industries of America (SIA). He served SIA variously as treasurer, president and board chairman from its inception in 1959 through 1976. He was inducted into the Maine Ski Hall of Fame in 2003.
He was a tireless champion and fundraiser for a number of schools and organizations, including the State YMCA, Boy Scouts, The Carpenter's Boatshop, Maine Medical Center, Portland; Franklin Memorial Hospital, Farmington; Portland Art Museum, Maine Historical Society, North Yarmouth Academy, as well as his several alma maters.
Professionally, he also served on several boards including Liberty Mutual, Union Mutual Insurance companies and Depositor's Corporation. He and Martha had a particular interest in aiding the Maine Youth Center.
There will be no memorial service and burial will be private at Lakeview Cemetery, Wilton. In lieu of flowers or donations, the family asks that friends remember his life with their own enthusiasm in supporting their causes of choice, by smoothing the rough edges of life with courtesy to all, and by holding no grudges longer than 10 seconds. On-line condolences may be sent to email@example.com. Arrangements are in the care of the Wiles Remembrance Center, 136 High St., Wilton.
Created by: stargazer
Record added: Jan 20, 2007
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