Bernard Edward Bassing United States Navy Captain Bernard Edward Bassing (USN, Retired), 86, of Lake Monticello, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 29, 2013. He was born in Missouri on March 21, 1927, to the late Francis Joseph and Dorothy Cecile (Bowles) Bassing. He was also preceded in death by his beloved spouse of 47 years, Erma Jean "Bunny" Bassing; stepmothers, Scottie and Silence Bassing; sister, Mary (Bassing) and her husband, Richard Swift; and brothers, George and his wife, Mary Louise, Frank and Charles Bassing. Survivors include his son and daughter, Richard and Kim Bassing, both of Palmyra; his granddaughter, Laura Skibinski and her husband, Kevin Guillette, of Vermont; his grandson, Daniel Skibinski and Dan's girlfriend, Katie Fischer of Illinois; his former son-in-law, Edward Skibinski; sisters-in-law, Maureen Bassing and Phyllis Hunter; and many wonderful nephews, nieces, extended family and friends. "Bernie" was a proud graduate of the United States Naval Academy, class of 1949, and served his country as an officer in the United States Navy for 28 years, retiring in January 1974. A veteran of the Korean War, he valued his military service and the many friends he and Bunny made in their years with the Navy. After retirement, he also served with the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, and was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church in Bremo Bluff, Virginia. Among his many interests were golf, gardening, reading, woodworking and sports. A lifelong learner, he took a lively interest in the world around him. He was a devoted father and grandfather, and will be missed for his love, humor, sage advice and support. His family would like to extend appreciation to all for their recent support, and especially for the caring assistance received from Interim Healthcare Nursing Assistant Clarissa and Physical Therapist Jeannie, his long-time physician Dr. Peter Generelly, MD, and the staff and volunteers of Hospice of the Piedmont, for their care and compassion which made such a difference. Interment will be private, and a celebration of life will be held later in May at Grace Episcopal Church in Bremo Bluff. In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a contribution in memory of Bernie, the family suggests donations to Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Hospice of the Piedmont www.hopva.org
or a Veteran's organization of your choice. Arrangements are by Sheridan Funeral Home of Kents Store.
This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.