Neil J. Bassett
1955 - 2020
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Neil J Bassett

Lakewood, CO - Neil J Bassett was born on January 12, 1955 in Johnson City and died on December 17, 2020 at his home in Lakewood, Colorado.

He is predeceased by his parents Donald and Ursula Bassett of Vestal. He is survived by his sister Patty Bassett Cannon, his brother-in-law Mike Cannon and nephew Charley Cannon of Golden, Colorado.

Neil grew up in Vestal and graduated from Vestal High School. He attended SUNY Fredonia then SUNY Binghamton after which he moved to Cambridge and Boston to fix all manner of stereo equipment as well as serving as Audio Visual Service Technician for Harvard. He retired to Colorado to be near his sister Patty and her family.

He spent most of his early years being too smart for his own good, enjoying swimming, playing tennis and playing chess. He was an amazing swimmer and continued swimming for the rest of his life.

He was wizard of electronics and immersed himself in it throughout his life. His hearing was so sensitive that he could detect the slightest interference in a circuit. In his retirement he spent his time building and upgrading tube guitar amplifiers for fun and so he could keep creating new sounds for his many guitars. He loved playing and listening to music and wrote his own clever and witty and very entertaining songs.

He had a great capacity to think deeply and was very confident in his diagnoses of any problems that came to him. He was almost always right. He'd like you to know that. He had a very spiritual side and recognized and tried to follow a path of righteousness from the point of view of many different religions. He was wonderfully, complicatedly human. He will be missed.




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Published in Press & Sun-Bulletin from Feb. 4 to Feb. 7, 2021.
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February 15, 2021
Patty, Lisa and I would very much like to hear more about Neil's life and his passing. Would you consider calling or e-mailing?
Many Thanks,
Jody
207-975-6514
Jody Spanglet
Friend
February 15, 2021
I was close to Neil for about 2 years '79-81. Your words very much resonate with my recollections of him. So sorry for your loss.
Mara Kimmel
Friend
February 15, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Neil's passing.

Jody Spanglet
Friend
February 13, 2021
Patty and Mike, I was shocked to learn Neil had died. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Neil and I were friends in high school and played together on the tennis team. As mentioned above he would not hesitate to challenge a line call in his own, imitable style.
Hugh Ellis
Friend
February 9, 2021
That was a wonderful tribute to Neil. I do remember he was a very fine swimmer.
Dawn Wilson
Friend
February 8, 2021
Neil was one of those guys in high school whose face would light up when he saw you and laugh. Neil could find humor in any situation. His incredible wit came from a deep and amazing intellect that ran in tandem with his diverse musical tastes. Time with Neil was never wasted. My prayers go out to his family and those who had the good fortune of crossing paths with the guy.
Bob Janis
Friend
February 7, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Neil's passing. He was always smiling and I remember his laugh. We worked together as camp waiters years ago. Suffice to say we had loads of laughs and maybe, just maybe, just a little bit of hijinks. Rest well Neil. Patty and family I am sorry for your loss
Peter Weston
Friend
February 7, 2021
I am heartbroken to hear that Neil is gone. I have more memories than I can possibly count. It was a blast sharing an apartment with Neil and Mark Weirman during college. I hope the two of them are connecting in the great beyond. I’m so glad that we had a chance to get together in CO a few years ago.
Patty, I am so sorry.
Nancy Mattice
Friend
February 7, 2021
Neal was a great friend. We went to a lot of concerts together. I remember our ritual of watching the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon at the Useless Mansion, his home in Johnson City. We certainly got into our fair share of mischief together. Good bye old friend.
Shaun Murphy
Friend
February 7, 2021
I am saddened to hear of Neil's passing. We were friends in high school and stayed in touch after he moved to CO. His humor was wonderful and I'm sorry that he's gone.
Sandi Ergott Ciacelli
Friend
February 7, 2021
I’m sorry for your loss Patty, I lived on Grand Ave. in Johnson City as a little girl and I often visited your home. I remember Neil as a witty kid, full of adventure. I also remember that he had red hair and lots of freckles! Rest in Peace Neil.
Debbie Japhet Aton
Acquaintance
February 6, 2021
What a special tribute. Neil sounds like someone we would all would have liked to have known. Condolences.
Enid
February 6, 2021
I swam with Neil on the SUNY Binghamton team and he was a very good swimmer. He could actually swim the butterfly stroke on his back and he called it the butterback. Truly amazing. My condolences to his family and friends. May his memory be eternal.
Paul Komatinsky
Acquaintance
February 6, 2021
Patty,
I lived on Grand Ave. in Johnson City as a child and Neil, you, and I often played together. I remember Neil being a real smart kid , full of mischief. I remember his red hair and his freckles. We had fun being kids, always keeping busy. I’m sorry for your loss Patty, I’m glad you two remained close. Rest in peace Neil.
Debbie Japhet Aton
Friend
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