Kevin J. Masterson
Passed away on April 18, 2020
Obituary of Kevin Joseph Masterson
Kevin Joseph Masterson was born July 1, 1945 in the Bronx, New York to Marion Masterson and Frank Baltazar. The second youngest of five children, Kevin has a sister-Anne Marie Martell, and a brother- Thomas Patrick Baltazar. Kevin’s elder siblings, Winifred Mary Morrisey and Frank J. Baltazar, have preceded him. After experiencing breathing difficulties related to coronavirus on April 3, 2020, Kevin was rushed to Weill Cornell NY Presbyterian Hospital. His condition continued to deteriorate despite being placed on a ventilator on April 7, 2020. On April 18, 2020, after an afternoon visit from his daughter; Kevin was called Home into Everlasting Peace. He was 74 years old.
Kevin was raised a devout Catholic and attended Catholic schools in the Bronx. During his elementary and middle school years, he served as an altar boy. He was in the first graduating class of Cardinal Spellman High School in 1963. While at Cardinal Spellman, Kevin developed his love of all movies, an interest in photography, as well as a passion and talent for bowling. His love for the game found him frequently playing with friends and classmates while honing his skills. His practice and skill led to him scoring his record high of 275, making him a tremendous asset to any team. Kevin won many trophies and awards for bowling during high school and college.
Kevin loved pets, collecting coins and stamps, but most of all, his friends and family. Family was always the most important thing to him, and no matter where he went or who he met, he had an incredible gift to make everyone feel like family.
After high school, Kevin found a job working on Wall Street. In 1966, he met the girl who would become his best friend and wife, Karen Wang. Their union was sealed on December 23, 1972 at City Hall. Kevin attended Pace University in the evenings and completed his BA in 4 years while working full-time on Wall Street. In 1975, he joined Goldman Sachs and earned his MBA attending classes at New York University. He was extremely hardworking, with the highest sense of responsibility, and showed integrity and honesty in all his work throughout the years. After advancing his career at Goldman and 33 years of dedication, Kevin retired in 2008.
Retirement gave him the time to expand his already vast knowledge of all movies. Kevin volunteered for the Tribeca Film Festival each year. This allowed him to meet other film lovers and see all of the new, lesser-known, independent films. Every Christmas, Kevin would receive the most up-to-date movie guide, and would make sure he had seen each one contained within it. He impressed and amazed his family and friends with his talent for recalling detailed information about obscure films many years after having seen them. Retirement also gave Kevin the opportunity to develop new interests, mainly, a passion for golf. Kevin joined a golf club and practiced his game whenever the weather permitted it, often accompanied by a few friends. Even when he was at home, Kevin was working on his game. He watched online tutorials, read articles, subscribed to golf newsletters, and made sure to update his clubs each season. Whether it was bowling, movies, or golf, Kevin had enormous enthusiasm for his hobbies, became an expert in all of them and connected with others through shared interests.
In the summer of 1992, Kevin and Karen’s only child, Kelly Jiayi Wang, was born. Kevin was very proud of his daughter and instilled in her the importance of compassion, kindness, dedication, and patience. No matter how busy he was at work, Kevin took his young daughter on excursions and adventures nearly every weekend while being her most trusted confidante. Karen and Kelly were both nurtured and cared for by Kevin.
Kevin was an unassuming, humble, caring, and genuine person with a great sense of humor. He had a selfless interest in others and never expected anything in return for his kindness. Kevin never realized how many people loved him and how many friends he had. He lived in a building with over 300 apartments for over 26 years, and here are some of the comments from the building staff about Kevin: “he was the nicest person in the building,” “he was the only gentleman amongst the residents,” “he was my friend, we always talked. His passing broke my heart.” Comments from neighbors: “Kevin was the kindest and most gentle person I have ever known,” “he has been the kindest neighbor and friend over the years,” “he brought a sense of calmness and warmth, always,” “Kevin was a lovely and loving man.” Even Kevin’s doctors think of him as a brother. He is sorely missed by so many people.
Kevin Joseph Masterson is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter, Kelly; a sister, Anne Martell and nephew Daniel Stampf; a brother, Thomas Baltazar and niece Francis; nieces Linda Morrisey, Jean Anne Morrisey Gellman, Andrea Baltazar-Hilsenroth, and Francie Baltazar Stonestreet; nephews David Morrisey, Mark Baltazar, and Philip Baltazar; Mother-in-law Anna Fang; Sister-in-law Laura Wong; Brothers-in-law David Wong and his wife Susan Tai, Roy Wong and his wife Jana Wong, and Everett Wong. He leaves behind a host of family, friends, acquaintances, and two beloved cats whose lives Kevin touched, as he was touched by them.
Under the current situation, we are unable to hold a memorial service. The family will send out a notice once it is possible to schedule a memorial.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Kevin J. Masterson
May 4, 2020
Kevin and I grew up together, hand in hand, after our father passed away. We were never far away from each other and as his little sister, he protected and loved me very much. As my older brother he teased me, play tricks on me, and always made me laugh. We treat-or-treated together, went to school together, played together and loved each other always. Although we lived on opposite coasts in our adult life, we talked often, emailed, texted and visited each year. My brother was the best brother, husband and father ever. He will be missed by so many people and especially by me, his little sister. I miss him every day. Kevin went home to the Lord much too soon. My prayers go to my sister-in-law, Karen, who he loved and cherished and to my niece Kelly. Kevin loved his daughter totally And completely. Her “pa” was taken way to soon. Till we meet again - love you Kevin