John J. Basle

Basle, John J. WATERFORD John J. Basle, 89, formerly of Saratoga Avenue, died Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Our Lady of Hope Residence in Latham. Born in Watervliet, he was the son of the late Giuseppe and Antoinette Basle and was a graduate of Watervliet High School and had attended the University of Texas. Jack was retired from the Ford Motor Co. in Green Island where he had been employed for 35 years and was a member of the United Auto Workers union. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during World War II. While a serviceman, he was a boxer and held the middleweight crown in the U.S. Army. He also played basketball for a number of teams including the Troy Berk-Ray team which was part of the league that later became the Continental Basketball League. He also coached and played basketball for the Ford Motor Co. team. He was the husband of the late Louise Zacarola Basle, who died in 1990. He is father of John R. Basle and Gary A. Basle, both of Waterford, and is brother of the late Joseph, Frank and Louis Basle, Rose Elson, Mary Watson and Millie Thierbecker. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Marisa and Jonna Basle; his caregiver and future daughter-in-law, Christie Secor, as well as several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Residence, 1 Jeanne Jugan Lane, in Latham. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Waterford. Relatives and friends may call Our Lady of Hope Residence on Sunday prior to the Mass from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Those who wish may make contributions to Our Lady of Hope Residence in care of the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St., Waterford, NY 12188. Jack's family would especially like to thank the Sisters at Our Lady of Hope and their entire staff for the wonderful care that Jack received. To express your sympathy or share a treasured memory, visit

Published in Albany Times Union on Nov. 17, 2012