Bob Baldassari, 79, noted N.E. golf professional

 

While maturing in Boston s North End, Bob Baldassari took his very first golf lessons at the Bennett Street Industrial School.At age 10, he signed up for winter season classes, and by the spring of 1947 he was off for caddie camp at the Maplewood Hotel in Bethlehem, N.H.Imagine getting away from the city and generating income. It was a dream become a reality, Mr. Baldassari informed the Globe in 1998. I opted for 10 years and ended up being caddie master.

 

Mr. Baldassari dedicated himself to the online game, obtaining PGA expert status in 1963, teaching golf enthusiasts from all strolls of life, and ending up being a popular member of the New England Section of the PGA.A former head professional at Hillview Country Club in North Reading and the Tara Colonial in Lynnfield and later teaching pro at Paradise Golf Center in Middleton, Mr. Baldassari died May 18 from breathing complications at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Fla. A longtime Wilmington citizen, he was 79 and wintered in Palm City, Fla.

 

He lived an exceptional life, taking pleasure in more than he could have ever pictured from such humble starts, stated Mr. Baldassari s kid, Bob Jr., of Palm City and the PGA of America s director of youth golf development. I found out the intricacies of the business and the online game from him, and more importantly, the best ways to build long-lasting relationships.Mr. Baldassari invested numerous winters in Florida as head pro at Kenilworth Lodge in Sebring and, most just recently, on the staff at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie.

 

PGA of America board member and New England PGA past president Don Lyons said that during Mr. Baldassari’s years at Hillview, covering the early 1960’s to late 1980’s, the previous private club hosted numerous NEPGA spring and fall meetings and association-sponsored competitions.Bob was a providing, easygoing man, who delighted in presenting new players to the game and helping average and sophisticated gamers improve, Lyons, a longtime good friend, said. He was an important part of the NEPGA who enjoyed playing in our competitions and being with his fellow pros.

 

Art Harris, a longtime specialist at the previous Mt. Pleasant Country Club in Boylston, was Mr. Baldassari’s partner for more than 40 years at NEPGA Pro-Pro champions, a durability record for that occasion.We first satisfied at Kenilworth in the early 1960’s and throughout the years we played all over the place, stated Harris. Bob enjoyed individuals and that made him a great club and teaching pro.Mr. Baldassari played with everyone youngsters, club members, and Boston sports celebrities. Former Bruins star Jean Ratelle was on his staff at Hillview, where Mr. Baldassari sang at club functions if coaxed.

 

There was a shared regard in between Bobby and our members, said Stan Zola, a long time Hillview member and buddy. I took my first lessons from him and he never ever saw the clock if you needed extra time to obtain it right. He was like another member to us.Numerous of Mr. Baldassari’s assistants ended up being head specialists; including Brad Durrin, head pro and general manager at Maynard Golf Course.I had never taught club members before so I watched Bob when he provided lessons. He encouraged me to be patient with my pupils then set up my very first group lesson, stated Durrin.

 

It was with four women, all novices who played left-handed. Bob, who did that on function, returned an hour later and stated if you can manage that you can manage anything. I worked at a great deal of courses with a great deal of pros and no one was more highly concerned by his members or his fellow specialists.A graduate of Christopher Columbus High School, Robert Henry Baldassari satisfied Claire Foley at Kenilworth when he was assistant pro and she worked as a ballroom dancer. They were wed in 1961.

 

Bob Jr., a golf captain at Austin Prep and Walsh University in Canton, Ohio, worked at Hillview for 10 years, starting in the bag space at age 13 and rising to assistant pro for his dad.We played together on summertime nights at Hillview and would deal with my online game, he recalled. And I would also stand on the range and catch Dad s iron shots with a baseball glove so he might keep his brief game sharp.They were wonderful memories.

 

A service has actually been held for Mr. Baldassari, who in addition to his spouse, Claire, and Bob, Jr., leaves 2 daughters, Theresa Mercurio of Jupiter, Fla., merchandising supervisor at Old Marsh Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Lisa of Boynton Beach, Fla.; and 5 grandchildren.A scholarship has actually been established in Mr. Baldassari s name by his family through the NEPGA for one boy and one lady from Boston to further their professions in golf.

 

I can’t remember him without a huge smile, a naughty twinkle in his eye, or a great story to inform, said previous Globe golf writer Paul Harber. Bob was everybody s friend.Last September, daddy and kid went back to what is now the Maplewood Golf Course for a reunion of North End caddies from decades earlier. A dinner was held and stories were shared, but there was also peaceful time when they drove a golf cart around the course and grounds.

 

Father mentioned where he stood as a fore caddy. He kept in mind where the dorms when stood and the people he caddied for, Bob Jr. stated.He informed me he would awaken at 5:30 in the morning to take among the few hot showers because the warm water wouldn’t last which the head pro, Phil Martignetti, took a preference to him and assisted him get his first job at Kenilworth.It was a classic day and Dad assessed how a little white ball, a stick, and some green yard had actually given him a lot.

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