Keith Adrian Basnett, 60, passed away on Saturday, October 12th, in Gainesville, Florida. The eldest son of the late Adrian Ross and Patricia MacDonald Basnett, he was born 24 Feb 1953 in New Delhi, India, and grew up in Beaufort. Surviving are 3 siblings, Scott Basnett of Charleston, SC; Alan Basnett, and Amy Basnett Daughtry, of Beaufort. He is also survived by nephews, Donnie Daughtry, Jr., of Beaufort, and Justin Butler of Caldwell, NC; and his longtime friend, Cathy Townsend, as well as two orange ankle-biters (kittens), Red and Daisy, of Lake City, Florida. A gathering of friends will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Oct 26th at 36 Battery Lane. Keith loved reading and writing, and while still in high school, edited a small newspaper, "The Spectre." He had a number of diverse jobs including sports writer, waiter, and crewmember on several large sailboats, taking them from the Caribbean to destinations "up North." He ultimately found his niche in life working on the Townsend family farm in Lake City, Florida, surrounded by farm animals and proudly growing a variety of produce. For several years he ran a one-man farmer's market in nearby White Springs. He also was pianist for the Huntsville Methodist church, performing selections he learned each week with the help of his friend Cathy. His unique gift for playing "by ear" was augmented by a covert propensity to embellish the music with random segues into Pink Floyd; Emerson, Lake & Palmer; Yes; and others. He loved that he could insert these flourishes and still get compliments from the always appreciative congregation. Keith was well-known for parties at the Beach House; his drawing, including the adventures of the always befuddled Bumposaurus; his love of the water, and his affection for his array of "critters." He loved his family and friends, and liked nothing better than to sit on the beach with them, or around a fire, with a Boston Butt on the grill. The more people around, the happier he was. Keith fought his cancer with dignity and humor. In life, he followed his own compass, and lived with joy and sometimes careless abandon. He will be missed. "There are far, far better things ahead than any I leave behind." C. S. Lewis
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Published in The Island Packet from Oct. 17 to Nov. 17, 2013