Asselin, Antoine Joseph

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Antoine “Tony” Joseph Asselin passed away at home in Seneca SC on August 30, 2021 after a March 2020 heart attack. He was surrounded by his family and warmth of love and prayers from friends along his journey.

Tony leaves his wife of 49 years, Susan “Susie” Bastian Asselin and daughter Katelyn Elizabeth Asselin Rieling and her husband Brett Rieling, Ball Ground GA.

Tony was born in Southbridge MA, the son of Elzear Zacharie Asselin and Lillian Josephine Gemme Asselin. He had 6 siblings, Andre Aslen (Jane), Lucille Hembel (Robert), Arthur Asselin (Lisa), Louise Carpenter (Steve), Lillian Cucuzza (Dave) and Lorraine Snipper (Stephen) and many nieces and nephews. Special friends who were part of his family include Susie Wheelis and her daughters Erin Greene and Callie Davis.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents, sister Louise Carpenter and sister-in-law, Ming Aslen.

Tony was a CPA in Florida and Nebraska before he established a successful CPA practice in Blacksburg VA. He was dedicated to helping his clients while maintaining a sense of humor.and loved talking and joking around. Tony enjoyed serving as an officer or board member of practically every community organization to which he belonged.

He was especially proud of his service to the Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley and the Blacksburg Breakfast Lions Club. He described serving others as the “best work of life “ and hoped he not only touched others, but left things better than when he arrived.

He was an avid cyclist and recorded thousands of miles on roads and trails. Boating, fishing, hiking, photography and kayaking were his favorite ways to enjoy Lake Keowee SC living after his retirement. If anyone needed anything, Tony had it in his garage. He believed that it is better to have something and not need it, than to need it and not have it.

Tony would find a connection with everyone he met. His family and friends will miss his smile, sense of humor, quick wit, ever-present whistling, hugs and his unique giggle.

A graveside service will be held October 18 at 11 AM at Memorial Gardens of the New River Valley, 2551 North Main St., Blacksburg VA. Reverend Jennifer Fletcher, Blacksburg United Methodist Church will be officiating. Attendees may visit with family from 10 – 11 am, if fully vaccinated. Otherwise, the family will visit each car at the conclusion of the service. For safety of attendees the service will be held by radio broadcast.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his memory to Habitat for Humanity of NRV.