Joseph J. Basil, 91, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, beloved husband of the late Marie M. Basil died on April 18, 2017.He was born on February 22, 1926, in Island Pond, to Jack and Phoebe Basil.
He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Island Pond in 1944, and from the University of Vermont in 1950.
He was in the Army Air Corps, in Germany during World War II. After the war, Captain Basil served in the National Guard in Vermont, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California.
The Basils were married on July 21, 1951, and were childhood sweet hearts for 65 years. Mrs. Basil died on March 26, 2016. They lived in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, in Illinois, and also for 24 happy years, in Southern California with their beloved daughters: Glorie Ann and Mary Jo Basil, who survive him.
He worked on the space programs from 1962 to 1973 in California. He also had his real estate broker’s license in California, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., working to the end of his life.
He loved doing things with Mrs. Basil as they square danced and just had a great time together. He was a dad plus “Mr. Mom” to his daughters and was always there for them.
He raised money for hearing impaired and deaf children, and also raised money for the building of Children’s Hospital next to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, California.
He always remembered and talked about the great town of Island Pond. He and Mrs. Basil went back over the years.
He liked to hike, fish, and his favorite thing was to go and see Rose Steady as a kid. She would give him cookies and milk and also he would go to camp 21 with the Stafford brothers.
He gave his time to people and he was proud of his home in Orange.
He loved to play golf when he had the time, and loved watching and attending baseball games with his daughters.
He had two brothers who have predeceased him: Ben and Jack Jr., in 2015.
He is survived by his brother Bob; several nieces and nephews; also great-nieces and great-nephews; by his brother-in-law John Steady, of Glens Falls, New York; and by very special friends and family Joy and Don Viken of Orange.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, May 6, at St. James Catholic Cemetery in Island Pond, with military honors. Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com