by | Jul 16, 2018 | Obituaries

NORFOLK—Richard Jay Bass, 59, passed away on June 27, 2018.

Richard was born to Marlene and the late Melvin Bass, of blessed memory, on May 19 1959 in Buffalo, New York and was a resident of Hampton Roads since 1972. He was preceded in death by his sister Deborah Bass Sadoff.

He was a member of Chabad of Tidewater. He graduated from Virginia Tech. He received his DDS at VCU/ Medical College of Virginia, College of Dentistry with a degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1985. Richard did a General Practice Residency from Yale. He moved to Portsmouth and married Dr. Patricia Lee Speer and started practicing dentistry while raising their family.

Rick was a ‘Dentist’s Dentist.’ He was extremely kind and gentle. He would go out of his way to assist most anyone with a task—hosting a meeting or delivering a prescription to a patient on his way home. He loved his yard, flowers, wine, and most of all, his sons.

He is survived by his sons Philip Asher Bass and Benjamin Jacob Bass, his mother Marlene Herer Bass of Norfolk, his Aunt Marilyn Bass Buxbaum, numerous cousins, and his dog, Talia.

A funeral service was conducted at H. D. Oliver’s Funeral Apartments. Burial took place at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Rabbi Levi Brashevitzky, Rabbi Aron Margolin, and Rabbi Jeffery Arnowitz officiated. Memorial donations to The Mel Bass, Debbie Bass Sadoff memorial restricted fund of the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater, 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach or Chabad of Tidewater, 1920 Colley Avenue of Norfolk, or Congregation Beth El, 422 Shirley Avenue Norfolk, Virginia, 23517.