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In Memory

Robert Cassou - Class of 1966



CASSOU Robert J., age 65, passed peacefully, surrounded by his family on September 10th, in Castle Rock, CO. 

Bob was born on June 18th, 1948 to Felica Locasto Cassou, and Leopold Jean Cassou in New York City. He is survived by his wife Barbara, three adoring children Christine, Alex and Nicole, and many loving relatives and friends. 
Bob lived most his life in the greater metropolitan New York area. Raised in Paramus, NJ he attended Paramus High School, and was recruited on a full ride basketball scholarship by Fordham University, Bronx, NY, graduating in 1970. 

Bob had a 28 year career in the prestige cosmetic industry where he held several national sales and general management positions. He started at Chanel in 1972, and climbed the corporate ladder there, before leaving to join Parfums Stern as V. P of Sales in the mid 80's. Bob spent the last 12 years of his career at L'Oreal. While there, he served as Sr. VP of Sales and then General Manager of their European Fragrance Division, and at the pinnacle of his career became Deputy General Manager and Sr. V.P. of Sales for Lancôme. 

In 2003, he and his family moved to Colorado to pursue a new business opportunity, and a new quality of life. 

Diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in March 2008, Bob fought valiantly for five and a half years to spend more time with his children, extended family and friends. Just like his basketball and professional careers, Bob took his disease head on, and used his talents to increase lung cancer awareness. He made a commercial with his champion, Dr. D. Ross Camidge, for the University of Colorado Hospital, and participated in several other fund raising events for lung cancer awareness. His ultimate goal, once diagnosed, was to attend his youngest daughter, Nicole's, high school graduation, which he accomplished in May of this year. 

Bob was known for strong, lasting relationships, was a fierce competitor, and challenged himself and those around him to always do their best. His professional teams loved working for him because he was a great teacher and mentor, and took great pride in their success. He was passionate, committed to making a difference, loved to have fun and win! The most significant of Bob's accomplishments was how deeply he loved Barbara, Christine, Alex and Nicole. 

A rosary viewing will be held at St. Francis of Assisi at 2746 Fifth Street, Castle Rock, CO, on Sunday September 15th, from 7-9 PM with a funeral mass the following morning at 11 AM. There will also be a memorial mass held at Fordham University chapel in the near future, details to be confirmed. 

There will also be a memorial mass held at Fordham University's Rose Hill campus chapel on October 5th at 9:30 AM followed by a reception. 
Memorial donations are requested in lieu of flowers to: University of Colorado Hospital Foundation's 'Lung Cancer Colorado Fund' in Bob's name. 
Mail to: Erin Henninger, UCH Foundation, Mail Stop F485, 12401 East 17th Avenue, Aurora CO, 80045. Information or online donations about this charity can be found at 
http://www.uch.edu/conditions/cancer/lung/support-education/lcc-fund/ - 

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09/15/13 10:08 PM #1    

Brenda Renshaw (Scanelli) (1966)

To Bob's wife and family I extend my sincere sympathy for your loss. How delightful to learn that his life was filled with  an adoring family, exceptional expriences and an enriching career, while maintaining a place in his heart for service to others. True confession - he was one of my first infatuations during Junior High. He was cool, friendly, poised, kind, fun loving, yet had a very serious side to him - the still waters that run deep essence. He was a very speical member of our class, and conributed greatly to the PHS spirit of excellence. It certainly became his lifestyle into adulthood. May his memory remain eternally alive within your hearts and you find continuing closeness to him, even in his physical absence.

Sincerely, Brenda Renshaw Scanelli

09/16/13 01:31 PM #2    

Richard Rosenmeier (1966)

My thoughts and prayers go out to Bob's family.  Enjoy each moment.  Bob sure did.

Richard Rosenmeier

09/16/13 03:46 PM #3    

Diane Seelinger (DenBleyker) (1966)

My sympathies go out to the family.  Bob was well liked at PHS and it's nice to read he continued to have many friends and a fine family who loved him.  He shall be missed.

Diane Seelinger DenBleyker

10/22/13 10:00 AM #4    

Louis Lanzalotto (1976)

So sorry to hear about this as well.  Bob was a basketball hero in our town in the 60's.


Regards and best wishes to your family,  Lou Lanzalotto Jr.

05/01/20 07:28 AM #5    

Bill Jackob (1966)

My best friend, senior year...had my back..."I am a rock, I am an island"

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