1927 – 2017
Putnam – Joseph Roland Basinet, 89, of Mill St., died Friday, March 31, 2017 in Westview Nursing Home. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth M. (Gubala) Basinet whom he married June 13, 1953 in St. Stanislaus Church. His brother-in-law, Reverend Theodore Gubala, performed the ceremony. Born June 1, 1927 in Putnam, he was the son of the late Philias and Josephine (Gagnier) Basinet.
Mr. Basinet graduated from Putnam High School in 1945 and Arnold College in 1951. He received his Master’s Degree from Boston University in 1969. He was a teacher, athletic director and camp director. He was the recipient of the 1993 Distinguished Service Award from the New England Prep School Athletic Council that read “to an individual who has contributed significantly to New England Independent School athletics through enthusiasm, dedication, leadership and vision.” Mr. Basinet taught science and was athletic director at the Fessenden School in W. Newton MA for 40 years. He was also connected with their day camp for 28 years. He was involved in camping in different capacities at St. Mary’s Camp in N. Woodstock, CT Adirondack Camp in Glenburnie NY, Robin Hood Camp in Segwick ME, River’s Day Camp in Weston MA, and Mount St. John School in Deep River CT. Mr. Basinet also served on the Board of Finance in the Town of Putnam from 1998-2003.
Mr. Basinet was a Seaman 1st Class in the US Navy during WWII. He was the recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Medal, American Theatre Award and the Victory Medal. He was a communicant of St. Mary Church of the Visitation in Putnam and a devoted father to his five children.
Joseph leaves his children, Michelle Ruscito, Claire Markow, Elaine Peters, Doreen Colburn and her husband David, and Matthew Basinet and his wife Nina; his eight grandchildren, Jim Colburn, Jacqueline Peters, Nicole Markow, Jessica Peters, Eric Markow, Katelyn Peters, Jack Roland Basinet, and Anna Rose Basinet; and one great grandson, Jacobi Rawls. Joseph was predeceased by three brothers, Phillip Basinet, Antonio Basinet, and Albert Basinet; and his sister, Marie Aldea Basinet.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to visit with Joseph’s family from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday April 5, 2017 at 11:00am meeting directly at St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam. Burial will take place at a later date in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Meriden CT. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.