TEMPLETON – John L. Basso, 80, Baldwinville, died peacefully Friday morning, April 24, 2020 in his home with his loving children by his side. He is now reunited with his wife Sally (Wetzler) Basso who passed away March 29, 2009.
He was born in Gardner on February 21, 1940, son of the late John and Marguerite (Cherichetti) Basso and was a 1958 graduate of Narragansett Regional High School. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving from 1958 to 1960 aboard the USS Yosemite, and from 1960- 1962 aboard the USS Roan. He was a Vietnam Veteran. As a younger man John served as a fire fighter on the Winchendon Fire Dept. for many years. John was a retired union carpenter and had also retired from the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. An avid hunter and fisherman, John also enjoyed riding his Harley and spending time with his dog Oscar. He truly enjoyed spending time at his camp in Maine. John was a member of the American Legion in Baldwinville.
He leaves six children, Anthony Basso and his wife Kim of Royalston, Todd Basso and his wife Karla of Baldwinville, Terry Basso of Gardner, John Basso and his wife Susan of Winchendon, Debora Basso and her significant other Rick of Gardner and Jessica Basso-Sutton and her husband Derek of Templeton and as well Audrey Christian of Winchendon. He also leaves a sister, Vilma Basso- Hendrickson of Baldwinville, 21 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. A sister, Gloria Basso McDonald predeceased him.
Funeral services, with military honors, will be held Friday, July 31, 2020 at 2 P.M. in Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen Street, Winchendon.
Calling hours will be held Friday, July 31, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 P.M. in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon..
Memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 255 Main Street Suite 213, Marlborough, MA 01752.
Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.