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Nov. 16, 1925 – May 7, 2013

Albert J. Bassanello, who owned and operated Al’s Barber Shop in Akron for more than 60 years, died Tuesday in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a long illness. He was 87.

Born in Oakfield, he attended Akron High School and served in the Navy during World War II aboard the USS Ticonderoga in the South Pacific.

Mr. Bassanello became interested in barbering while in the Navy. He attended barber school in Buffalo, then returned to Akron and opened a shop on Main Street in the heart of the village. He continued cutting hair until he was 80.

He was a longtime member of the Akron Fire Company; Newstead Memorial Post 3180, Veterans of Foreign Wars; and L.L. Tillman Post 900, American Legion, where he served as historian.

He also was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Eva Chiavacci; a daughter, Susan Houlihan; two sons, Thomas and David; a brother Adolph; and a sister, Anita Calnan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Teresa of Avila Church, 5771 Buell St., Akron.