David 'Uncle Dave' Baskin
96, of Canton, formerly of Holbrook and Stoughton, died February 19 at home after a brief period of declining health. Dave was born in New York on December 31, 1924 to the late Samuel and Rose Baskin. He was the husband of the late Evelyn Baskin for 72 years. He leaves behind his children Gerry Baskin and his wife Amy Paul of Sharon and Lori Rosen and her husband Jeff of Natick, along with his beloved grandchildren, Abby Rosen, Rachel Baskin and Charlie Baskin. He was pre-deceased by his sisters Ruth Launer and Charlotte Abber.
Dave grew up in the Bronx before moving to Stoughton at the age of 13. He graduated from Stoughton High in 1943 and went on to serve in the Army until the end of WWII. Married in 1947, Dave and Evie lived in Dorchester before settling in Holbrook for the next 56 years. They moved to Brightview of Canton in 2016 and became part of a wonderful retirement community.
Following his return from the army, he attended Suffolk University and became an accountant. He worked for several companies before setting up his own accounting practice in Holbrook. He retired at the ripe young age of 88!
Dave had many interests and activities. He collected coins, stamps and books. He was part of a bowling team for many, many years, was involved in archaeology for a number of years, and loved to walk around town seeing and talking with people. He was friends with every shopkeeper, bank teller, and waitstaff in town.
One of Dave's favorite activities was giving a book to any child he encountered. His office was loaded with books, his car trunk had bagfuls and later he always had a supply in his walker. I doubt there is a family member or friend who was not a recipient of some of his books!
Dave volunteered at many organizations and was very involved with the New England Sinai Hospital. In 2012, he was name Person of the Year by the Men's Associates of the Sinai. He became very attached to many of the residents there and was in charge of their monthly entertainment fduring those years. He was also a frequent blood donor until his late 80's and played a big part in his Stoughton High reunions.
Dave and Evie loved going to the casino, 'shopping' at yard sales and being with family, both at home and at their house on the Cape. Once Dave knew you had an interest or need for an item, he would find way too many of the items at yard sales and Salvation Army! They also enjoyed traveling and went on many trips with good friends and family. And they were both a big part of Temple Beth Shalom in Holbrook since it's inception.
Dave will be fondly remembered for many things including his singing of 'If You're Happy and You Know It' at every occasion, his dancing with his many Brightview partners, his need to have bread with every meal, his 'interesting' yard sale finds, the twinkle in his eyes, and his zest for life.
The family would like to thank the staff at Brightview of Canton and Seasons Hospice for his wonderful care. Services will be private. Donations may be made to the Resident Holiday Fund, Brightview of Canton, 125 Turnpike St, Canton, MA 02021 or to Seasons Hospice, 1 Edgewater Dr., Norwood, MA 02062.
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