Basbas, Honorable Monte G.|
92, of Concord, MA (formerly of Wayland, Sudbury, and Newton) left us peacefully, on May 25, 2013 after a brief illness. He was the youngest of six children born to George and Rose Basbas of Manchester N.H. He was a Hall of Fame athlete at Manchester Central High, and graduated from Kimball Union Academy and Dartmouth College. In 1942 college was interrupted by WWII and he went to the Pacific Theatre from the first collegiate flying squadron. He flew P-38's in the 5th Air Force, 25th Photo - Recon. Squadron, earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, two air medals and eight battle stars over 62 missions throughout the Pacific. While completing college and Boston University Law School, he remained in the Air Force Reserves as a Captain (Judge Advocate General) until 1959. Married in 1948 to Audrey (Vagiates) Basbas he was Asst. City Clerk and City Clerk in Newton for nineteen years. In 1966 he served as Mayor of Newton for three terms. In 1972 he was appointed a District Court Judge and presided in Newton until retirement in 1990. Monte served on two college Boards, BU Law Alumni, six gubernatorial appointments to advisory boards, a large variety of public service memberships and chairs from scouting to higher education. He built schools and roads and responsible government. He promoted 1st class police work and outstanding fire response systems. The list of honors, awards, associations, and leadership positions is staggering as his tireless efforts and boundless energy flourished for over six decades. A lifetime member of the NAACP he was as comfortable at Temple Reyim as he was as an Archon Deputy of the Greek Orthodox Church. As important as it was to accomplish the first "air rights" in America (now Shaw's Supermarket Turnpike/Overpass) he was a true and committed friend to so many of the men and women with whom he shared in these efforts. All the while, this active Shriner was also a devoted husband of sixty three years, father of three, and grandfather of five children. His family was blessed with his examples of hard work and service, and with him they enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting, photography and travel (by auto) to all lower forty-eight states where the wonders of this magnificent country and its people were revealed first hand. He was, to his fifty family members, the "go to" patriarch for decades. He had a strong unspoken belief that each of one's personal actions has a lasting influence on those who are yet to occupy our space. He truly believed in the future and acted in a manner to see that current endeavors created a better future for those to come. His friendly warm smiles, handshakes and bear hugs will be missed by many, but not forgotten. Calling hours are 5pm-9pm on Thursday May 30, 2013 at the Andrew J. Magni and Son Funeral Home, 365 Watertown Street, NEWTON, MA. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to New England Deaconess, 80 Deaconess Road, Concord, MA 01742.
Andrew J. Magni & Son F.H., Newton
Published in The Boston Globe from May 28 to May 29, 2013