Damon Alexander Bazzeghin died on July 16th, 2020 at the age 74. Damon was born January of 1946 in Tuxedo, NY to Emagro and Harriette (Griffin) Bazzeghin. He graduated from Suffern High School, class of 1963, and went on to earn his Associate’s degree in Arts and Applied Sciences before being drafted into the Army in the summer of 1967. In January of 1968, he was deployed to Vietnam. During his tour, Damon was wound in action on two separate occasions and was awarded two Purple Hearts, the latter causing his medical retirement from the Armed Services in August of 1969. Following his medical retirement, Damon moved to Texas where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Counseling and Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of North Texas in Denton. Throughout his professional career, Damon held several different positions, though his job was always serving others, such as at the Fort Worth Rehabilitation Center and the Alcoholism Services of Greater Springfield. His longest tenure, however, was at the Springfield Vet Center as a Readjustment Counseling Therapist, where he worked from 1986 – 2010, helping veterans and their family members. Outside of work, Damon was a big car and motorcycle enthusiast. In his early twenties, he was quite fond of his brother’s 1960 Studebaker Lark, which he wrecked. Later he owned a 1970 Triumph motorcycle, which he also wrecked. Even further down the line, he owned a mid 1970’s Corvette Stingray… which he also wrecked. If the old adage is true, that the eyes are the windows to the soul, it is clear to anyone who has met him that he was full of warmth and kindness, through and through. The twinkle in his eyes was a charming reminder of that to the end, that same charm that was also pretty popular with the ladies. Damon is survived by his brother Paul Bazzeghin (wife Carol), sister Nancy Ward (husband Drew), and Sons Nigel Bazzeghin, Griffin Bazzeghin, and Seth Montavon. Damon is preceded by his parents Emagro and Harriette, as well as his sister Jessie Traband.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Damon’s name to “Friends of the Springfield Vet Center”, Inc. Springfield Vet Center 95 Ashley Avenue, West Springfield, MA 01085.
Visitation is Friday, July 24th at 10am -1pm at Westfield Funeral Home, 4 Princeton St. Westfield, MA, followed by a procession to the Agawam Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, MA for internment.
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