The Hon. Louis D. Hassell- DSC #133 passed away on Friday, December 13th at the age of 82. Bro. Hassell was born and educated as a child in New York City where he attended Cardinal Hayes HS in the Bronx. After high school he served for four years in the US Army. He later attended Manhattan College where he received his degree in Mathematics. Throughout his entire adult life he excelled at every professional endeavor he was blessed to undertake- as athletic director for Kennedy Community Center in Harlem, as a licensed Quality Control Engineer and later as an Operations Research Analyst for the Army. He received numerous professional commendations and citations for his leadership and professionalism.
Bro. Hassell sat on the Board of Directors of the Picatinny Federal Credit Union for 32 years and served in numerous leadership roles on this board- President, VP, Secretary and Treasurer. Civically he served as an educational advisor and leader for the Orange Board of Education for many years assisting the superintendent in the 80’s and early 90’s. He is also a multiple appointee to the city of Orange planning board where he served under numerous mayors of the city dating all the way back to the 70’s. Later he even attended the Police Academy allowing him to become a Special city Police Officer, later serving as Sergeant of the Orange Special Police unit.
Bro. Hassell joined Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity in 1974 after re-connecting with his childhood friend the Hon. Alonzo C. Jackson, DSC. As a member of Chi Sigma Chapter he served in every elected position possible and was instrumental in Chi Sigma chapter founding the Sigma Community Enrichment Initiative- a non-profit branch of the chapter with focus on education and mentoring. Bro. Hassell was also a staunch supporter and former board member of the PBSFCU and a past member PBS Investment committee. He was inducted in the Distinguished Service Chapter in July of 1999.
Hon. Bro. Hassell is survived by his wife of 55 years, Miriam; his daughter, Lauren Hassell; his son, Mark and daughter-in-law, Dayna Hassell; two grandchildren, Phillip and Adrienne Hassell; three sisters, Loretta Hassell, Therese Harris and Veronica Simpson and brother-in-law, Carvell Simpson; sister-in-law, Florence King; two nieces, Gisele Harris and Andrea Harris; three nephews, Michael Harris, David Simpson, Gary King; life-long friend, Joseph Carty and a host of nieces and nephews.[box color=”blue”] Services Update
Wake- Thursday Dec 19
Cotton Funeral Home 130 Main St., Orange, NJ 07050 5-9pm
Omega Ceremony- Brothers of Phi Beta Sigma 7:14PM SHARP!
Funeral Services- Friday Dec 20
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 103 South Center St. Orange, NJ 07050
Repast to follow- location TBD[/box]