John A. "Jack" Sassaman, 85, of Glenmoore, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, at Zerbe Sisters Nursing Center.He was the widower of Lena Shaw Sassaman, with whom he shared 26 years of marriage and the dear friend of the late Diane Gindin Miller.
Born in the historic General Warren Inn in Malvern, he was the son of the late John and Mary L. Kirkner Sassaman.
He was a 1940 graduate of Tredyffrin/Eastown High School.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1947.
He worked for Lasko Metal before working for Johnson Matthey Inc., where he remained for 46 years, retiring in 1987.
He was involved in Little League and Babe Ruth teams in Malvern and after moving to Glenmoore in 1967, he became assistant commissioner of the Brandywine Girls Softball League.
He was involved with the Coatesville travel fast-pitch softball team as a medic and trainer and served in that capacity with the Downing-town Whippets for eight years.
He was a life member of both Malvern and Glen Moore fire companies. He was assistant chief in Malvern for 12 years as well as a former vice president. He was both chairman and secretary of the ambulance committee. He was the assistant chief, then became chief of the Glen Moore Fire Company, where he was also the secretary and was fire police captain for 10 years. In addition, he was a volunteer and member of East Brandywine and Paoli fire companies.
He was a life member of Downingtown VFW Post #845.
He is survived by a brother, R. Glenn Sassaman of King of Prussia. He was the "Pappy" of Scott Ryan of Honey Brook, Amy Gallagher of Narvon, Chrissy Scharf of Downingtown and Kevin Miller of Glenmoore; and many great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.
A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 18, at the James J. Terry Funeral Home, Downingtown.
Memorial contributions may be made to Zerbe Sisters Nursing Center, 2499 Zerbe Road, Narvon, Pa. 17555.