OBITUARY: Deacon Richard J. Basso Passes Away March 11 at Age 87

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Deacon Basso was born on May 31, 1930, in Central Islip, NY

Deacon Richard J. Basso, 87, died on March 11, 2018. A Visitation Service is scheduled for Monday, March 19, from 5-7 p.m. and a Funeral Mass on Tuesday, March 20 at 11 a.m. Both services will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Cocoa, Florida.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Deacon Richard J. Basso, 87, died on March 11, 2018. A Visitation Service is scheduled for Monday, March 19, from 5-7 p.m. and a Funeral Mass on Tuesday, March 20 at 11 a.m. Both services will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Cocoa, Florida.

Deacon Basso was born on May 31, 1930, in Central Islip, NY. He is predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Margaret Fazio.

He is survived by his brother John Basso and his children, Kathryn Campbell, Emma Terrell, Barbara Kemmler, Richard Basso, Robert Basso, Anne Madore, Patricia Macdonald, Rose Dubois and Mary “Eli” Chamberlain; 22 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

While living in Central Islip he began his career as a mason contractor and was an avid volunteer fireman.

In 1957, he moved his family to DeLand, Florida, where he continued his career as a mason. Many people in Deland are warmed at the hearth of a fireplace he built. A devout Catholic and a member of St. Peters Catholic Church where he was engaged in prison ministry and the Cursillo movement. De Colores!

He continued his vocation in 1980 when he moved his family to Cocoa, Florida where he was a Vocational Educator for the Department of Corrections.

He entered the Deaconate Program and in 1988 became an ordained Deacon and served at the pleasure of the Bishop. Deacon Basso spent the great majority of his time as the Director of Religious Studies for Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Cocoa, Florida.

Richard loved his family, baseball, golf, gardening and cooking Italian food. He really loved baseball and became an accomplished Umpire. Rising through the ranks, he called games at the high school and collegiate levels and eventually, several games at the Little League World Series.

In lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations to be made to Promise of Brevard at www.promiseinbrevard.com

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