James Hasselberger • March 5, 2021



James (Jim) Eugene Hasselberger, 83, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on Friday, March 5, 2021, in Pensacola, Florida. In 1967, tired of the Chicago snow, Jim moved his family to Brevard County, Florida. He took a job with Harris Corporation (originally Radiation) and worked for Harris until his retirement. Many of his coworkers became lifelong friends.
Jim (Hass) loved all kinds of sports. He played baseball for the Army as a young man and watched MLB all of his life. He loved bowling (and Budweiser), and ran the Harris golf league for many years. One sport he and Cathy both loved was football. He played softball and competed in the Palm Bay Superstars event well into his fifties.
Jim was a very social person, and with his easy smile, he made friends everywhere he went. No one was a stranger for long around him. Workers in grocery stores and restaurants he frequented knew him by name and continued to ask about him when his illness kept him homebound.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents James and Elizabeth Hasselberger, and brother Richard {Dickie) Hasselberger.
He is survived by his wife, Cathy (Hendrix) Hasselberger, daughters Amy Kaminski (Jud) and Pam Phillips, son Jim Hasselberger, and seven grandchildren: Jae Hasselberger (Julia), Jordan Lane, Devin Hasselberger (Anthony), Vida Phillips, Nora Phillips, Claire Kaminski and Ethan Hasselberger. He also has one great-grandchild, Rylen Larkins.
A private family service is being planned in Pensacola. A celebration of life will be held in Melbourne, FL later this year. For those who wish, and in lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory can be made to the American Heart Association, National Autism Association or the American Humane Society.
The family would like to thank the nurses from Regency Hospice (Towanda and Donna), and the caregivers from Home Instead (Dena and Rita) for the care and comfort they provided Jim.

  1. Sharon Wildman says:

    Cathy,
    We were so sorry to hear about Jim. He was truly an original and always seemed to enjoy life. Please accept our deepest sympathy. We hope many happy memories of your fun times together will help you at this most difficult time.
    Sharon and David Wildman

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