Robert C. “Bob” Massa

November 10, 1941 ‒ May 17, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Robert C. “Bob” Massa, 75, of Mansfield passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital from complications following a stroke in October of 2016.

Born the only child of Robert E. and Juanita (Polen) Massa on November 10, 1941, he graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1959.  He attended the prestigious General Motors Institute, later named Kettering University, and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1964.

Upon completion of his MBA from the Ohio State University, he married his sweetheart, Judy (Hess) Massa, on February 12, 1966.

Bob worked many years as senior vice president of sales and marketing for Therm-O-Disc.  After resigning in 1986, he worked as vice president and general manager of H&H Precision Products of Cedar Grove New Jersey.   Shortly thereafter, He co-founded a contact lense manufacturing business, R&D Ophthalmic’s Corporation.

Active, Bob enjoyed various hobbies including golf, vegetable gardening, and deer hunting.  Many happy memories were made on his annual hunting trip with friends to Beaver Island, Michigan.  He always appreciated good food and holiday meals.  A man of admirable work ethic, Bob rarely engaged an idle time.  He was also a long time member of Resurrection Parish.

Bob is survived by his son Mark (Elizabeth) Massa and daughter Stacey (Jeff) Voscans, both of Mansfield; grandchildren Liam McCourt, John Voskans, Paige Massa, and Michael Massa.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Judy Massa.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 4-7 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.  Mass will be offered Friday, May 26 at 10:30 am in Resurrection Parish.  Burial will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Resurrection Parish may be made through the funeral home.

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  • So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • Dear Mark and Stacey, We are so very sorry for the loss of your father. I can still vision your Mom and Dad at the !ittke League games many years ago. He was a great man.

  • Dear Massa Family and R&D Employees,

    Bob was great at fitting contacts and helped me with many patients. I always joked that he made me look good! More than that we shared our faith. He sent me copies of Judy’s CD in which I still enjoy. I am sad at his passing but know he loves being with Judy in heaven.

    Blessing to all at this difficult time.

    Joyce Yost
    Meridian Contact Lens/Dr. Howard Brumbaugh’s Office
    Indianapolis, IN

  • Mark and Family,
    We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with all of you.
    David and Gladys Kramer

  • Dear Massa family I worked with Bob & Jeff running the Indiana & Michigan division of R&D Ophthalmics. What I will miss most about Bob is his wicked sense of humor, his laughter, and smile. I had the pleasure of knowing Bob for many years and will surely miss him. My condolences to the entire family and friends that knew Bob. Thomas Cook Michigan.

  • I met Bob in the early 1980s at Beaver Island hunt. I have hunted with him and Newt may times since then. We had great great memories hunting together . I will miss Bob.
    Don Morgan

  • So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I had ordered contacts from him for 30 years and he always knew just what I needed and was so pleasant to speak with. He is missed.

  • Tom Cook Michigan I had the pleasure of working with Bob at R&D. I ran the Indiana & Michigan division. Enjoyed Bobs visits always steak & wine plus golf. What I will remember most is his wicked sense of humor, his laughter, and smile. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  • Bob was awesome at helping me fit Contact Lenses…I told him it made me look good.
    Most important we shared our faith over the years. He was kind to send me Judy’s CD’s a few years ago. I know they are enjoying each other in heaven. Sorry for your loss.

  • Mark and Stacey, Barb and I send our love in the loss of your dads presence from here on earth. Bob was a good friend and coworker with me for 20 of our Therm-O-Disc work years. Blessings in your celebration of memories.

  • I met Bob in the mid 90’s. He was a gentleman at all times. He spoke with a tone and tenor that was always warm and welcoming. He listened just as intently as he spoke. I hunted with him maybe 10 times over the past 20 years. His effervescent smile will be missed. His engaging demeanor will leave an empty chair at every dinner table at the Harbor View. Bob, when I see you again, you will may still need to explain to me the Right Bower is the highest card in the Euchre deck.
    Your Friend, (Tennessee) Steve

  • Bob, … you were a good friend (and boss) in our yrs together at Thermodisc, and an even better friend in our 40+ yrs of hunting the wily whitetail on 3 separate islands in lakes Michigan, and Huron. The bonds we formed over those many years, with those many hunters, … will forever live in my memory.

    Rest in peace my close friend, and hunting buddy.


  • Bob,
    You entered our home in 2005, filling the doorway with your larger than life appearance and that memorable Bob smile. With a gift of flowers, our friendship began.
    Mostly over meals, we shared a wide range of many common interests, thus bonding us as close life friends.
    A more thankful man we’ve never known.
    Thanks, Bob for being a gentle soul and a true man of integrity.

    Your gardening friend,
    Janet &
    From the Sea Otter Club,