Joe Basso: 1923 - 2008

This past Sunday, Joe, my father-in-law, passed away. Joe lived very long and full life — in his 85 years he marched through southern France as an infantry man in WWII, graduated from RIT when it was downtown, participated in the atomic bomb tests in the southwest though the U of R, and been loved greatly by friends and family. As an amputee, he’s managed to live independently up until he went into the hospital two weeks ago. While its terribly difficult to say goodbye to him, he was facing a lifetime of pain and future amputations that would have taken from him the independence he held so dear.

I have more to write, but right now we’re planning for the funeral. It will be Friday at 10.00am at St. Joseph’s in Penfield. Here’s his obituary from the D&C. The online “guest book” can be found here.