I was saddened to hear of the passing of my Godfather, Monte Basbas. He was a great person that I have the fondest memories of. Rest in peace.
West Chester PA
My sincere condolences to you and your family. I am sure your wonderful memories of your dad will sustain you during this difficult time...
Judge Basbas flew with my uncle in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Tragically, my uncle (after whom I was named) was killed after the war, when his plane crashed in Japan.
My son, currently a pilot and Captain in the USAF, discovered Judge Basbas' amazaing web site of their WWII Photo Recon squadron when my son was an AFROTC cadet at WPI in Worcester. Imagine learning that Judge Basbas lived nearby!
When my wife and I were at WPI for my son's graduation and commissioning in 2008, we drove over with my son to meet Judge Basbas and his gracious late wife, Audrey. They kindly hosted us for lunch. The Judge regaled us with war stories and shared accounts which we had never heard about my uncle -- e.g., he and my uncle flew the recon mission immediately behind the Enola Gay when it dropped the first atomic bomb. No one had briefed them on what to expect, so imagine their surprise at viewing the mushroom cloud. Of course, they flew straight through its radioactive atmosphere, but since Judge Basbas lived to 92, there were apparently no ill-effects.
Subsequent to our lunch, we stayed in touch, and Judge Basbas avidly followed my son's Air Force experiences (four tours in the Iraq and Afghan theatres). Judge Basbas could not have been more encouraging and supportive, and my son greatly appreciated the Judge's interest.
What a true gentleman Judge Monte Basbas was. We feel truly privileged to have have known him.
With heartfelt condolences,
George & Jane Dragnich
I just learned of Judge Basbas's passing. I never knew him, but the website he created devoted to his old wartime squadron is another great credit to him and his abilities. Rest in peace.
Audrey and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dear Monte, you should be so proud to have had such a great father.What a great life he lived helping others and serving are country. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.Pat Foley.
I went to Cabot School with Monte Jr and had the good fortune to meet Monte Sr at one of Monte Jr's elementary school age birthday parties.
A wonderful guy. You could tell family meant everything to him doing everything humanly possible ensuring it was a special day for his son and thrt his friends had a great time--a party to never forget.
Clearly loved his family, city, and country. I know being of school age most of his mayor time he helped make Newton an exceptional place to go go school and grow up.
And like so many others of his exceptional generation after just now reading all he selflessly accomplished, you never knew just how exceptional he was because he didn't advertise it. His actions speak for himself. Men like him are irreplaceable
My prayers go out to Monte Sr, and his family.
Audrey Ann, John and Monte,Jr.,
So sad to hear about Uncle Monte. No one in the family has broken Papou's record of 100,
but four of his children came close. We are
fortunate to have had many in our family live
into their 90's, but it is still painful when we lose
them. We picture a happy reunion in Heaven
right now, with the family unit back together
again. The youngest has come home! Had we
known he passed, we would have been there at
the calling hours on Thursday. We're thinking of all of you, and especially uncle Monte.
Cousin Marcia and Bob
Dear Basbas Family-
Judge Basbas was a wonderful man, and he will be missed. He always had a way of making me smile.
Newbury Court Reception
To the Basbas Family:
Heartfelt condolences on the loss of Judge Basbas.
To the Basbas Family
Please accept my sympathy. I had the pleasure of sitting in
Newton with Judge Basbas on a regular basis for a number of years. It was a great experience and his kindness to me will
always be remembered.
Judge Frederick V. Gilgun
As a former Alderman I knew Monte in the political arena. As a lawyer I knew him as the judge. He was always a good friend. Rest in peace my friend.
Judge you will be missed my dear friend and boss. Our sincere condolences and thoughts go out to Monte Jr, John, Audrey Ann and their families. You know that Dave and I loved your dad and so enjoyed the times we had together professionally and socially. RIP Judge Basbas.
Dawn & Dave
Our Deepest sympathy for the loss.
Having grown up in Newton I knew the name of Monte Basbas, but only in the past months did I get the opportunity to meet Monte himself. I was delivering groceries to him and he broke into a huge grin when I recalled his being mayor in my youth. I'd noticed his model P-38 at his doorway and we quickly shared some WWII AAF talk, as my dad had been a B-24 pilot. The next opportunity I got I dropped by to visit Monte, to share with him that not only had I gone to Newton North I had done a post-graduate year at none other than KUA – his huge grin appeared yet again. I am so sad at his passing, but happy to have had the opportunity to share some time with him.
My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
It was a complete joy to have known this very very special person.
My Front Desk at Newbury Court will never be the same. Mr.Basbas always asked me if I had eaten my dinner yet and did I have the lobster. He will have all the Lobster he wants now. He will truly be missed. Rest in peace my friend. Thanks for the smiles and always making me feel important.
- Dorinda Bell
Receptionit Newbury Court
You were the Mayor of my Childhood home Newton. RIP Mayor Basbas.
As a Newton Police Officer, we all had true respect for Judge Basbas. He was truly a cop's judge. And by that, I don't imply that he was biased or unfair. He never let a defense attorney degrade, berate or insult us. He called us "His police officers, and I was proud to be one!
Our deepest sympathy to the entire Basbas family and to all who had the pleasure of knowing Judge Basbas. He was a great man with great big bear hugs. I had the pleasure of watching him in action for quite a few years in the late 80's when I worked in the DA's office. My husband who works at he NPD testified many times before him in Newton District Court. RIP Judge. May we all find comfort in knowing that his eternal memory live on forever within our hearts.
May he rest in peace, it was always a pleasure dealing with him as Mayor.
Noble Herb Aswad
Dear Audrey ,
My deepest sympathy are with you at this hour . May god give you the strength , take care
The Honorable Mayor Basbas married my parents 57 years ago. My prayers to this wonderful man, community leader and to his family, especially Audrey, someone I admired while growing up.
Dear Ariana and Family our thoughts are with you and your Family Love Ann Marie,Uncle Dave and Kim
To the family~I had the pleasure, so to speak, of meeting Monte when I was a child, in the early 60's. He would come to the political open houses at my parent's ~ it would be a nite of discussions and lots of laughter, smoke and food. Not sure if he was the one, but, many a time I would be woken up by the voices, each trying to talk over the other...I even remember once coming out of my room, it was rather late, and just standing there looking at all the adults..one voice said something like "oh, I think we are in trouble, we woke someone up"....and I believe Monte was the one who apologized. Several years later, when Newton held the Newton Cotillions at the Chestnut Hill CC, Monte was there. I introduced myself to him. He grabbed my hand and asked, "are your parents, Jackie & Larry?" I nodded yes, and replied, but my dad passed away several years ago. He gave me a very heartfelt condolence and hug me. Asked about my mom and asked to be remembered to her. I'll always remember this tall big bear of a man, being so gentle to a shy 16 yr old girl. I never saw or spoke to him again after that, but I made a point to always read anything that would mention his name. Even now, all these years later, I think fondly of those "parties" and all the various politicos who were there, and the big man who tried to reign them in, so I could go back to sleep. I am truly sorry for his passing and offer my condolences and prayers to his family .
God speed your Honor, you were simply quite the best.
My deepest sympathy to you and your family Mrs. Basbas. We go back a few years to when you lived on Kirtstall road and I would play with John when in elementary school. Mr. Basbas would come to my house as Santa however, he never fooled me but was a great Santa. Years later both of you attended my wedding and Monte was toastmaster at my Dad's retirement party, Fred Perkins along with giving my family a wonderful eulogy at his funeral. My Dad and Monte were great friends and I can remember one time when they went to the Jester's and Monte dressed as a Keystone Cop. I also had the pleasure of going in front of him many times in Small Claims court for my business. I speak and think of him often. My very best to you, John, Audrey and Monte.
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Judge Baabas. I came home from Viet-Nam in 1969 and applied join the Newton Police Department. I was rejected by the City Doctor because of a injury received overseas. I was granted a personal interview with then Mayor Basbas. After hearing my story about getting injured, he called Chief William Quinn right on the spot and told him that I was now a member of the Newton P.D. Mayor Basbas took a chance on fellow veteran who had (still has) a back injury. I served for over 31 years and on many occasions appeared in the Newton District before Judge Monte Basbas. In 1971 when I was promoted to Sergeant, Judge Basbas put the entire court in recess and walked next door and stood near me as I was sworn in. I would never have had that moment (and all the others) if it were not for his faith in me. He will be missed.
Charles "Butch" McLean
Lieutenant, Newton P.D. (retired)
To the Basbas Family:
Please accept mine and my dad's deepest sympathies. I had the great pleasure of knowing your dad. I first met him when my dad was serving as Mayor of Cambridge and then when I came to Newton District Court as an ADA. I learned a great deal from him.
You are in our prayers and thoughts.
Michael and Walter Sullivan
Dearly loved Judge Monte will be remembered as a gentle man who treated everyone he encountered as an individual; whether on the bench passing judgment or a casual conversation with friends and families. He is the last of a generation of judges who truly believed that all people are one step away from an encounter with the courts; that understanding, compassion and the delivery of appropriate justice with high hopes that the person would not appear again.
His bear hugs, booming voice and willingness to share his knowledge, passion for photography and interest in computers as well as a multitude of other areas will always be his gift to me. I don't think I'll ever hold my camera again without Judge Monte coming to mind.
I feel blessed to have had the honor and privilege to call Judge Monte a wonderful and dear friend over 40+ years.
Bless you Monte. You served your nation, Commonwealth, City, colleges, constituents, employees, friends and family well. How rich we are because you were a part of our lives. Be at peace.
My deepest sympathy to John, Monte, Jr., and Audrey Ann at this terribly sad time. May your memories warm your hearts and in time bring smiles rather than tears.