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John Albert Bassett

Born August 8, 1934

John Albert Bassett, age 79, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

Born in Rhodesdale, Maryland on August 8, 1934, Mr. Bassett was a son of the late Joseph W. Bassett and Ruby M. Smith Bassett. He honorably served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War. Mr. Bassett worked for NVF as a machine operator, retiring after 45 years of dedicated service.

He was a 57 year member of Bethany Baptist Church in Wilmington, where he will be fondly remembered as the church greeter. In his leisure time, Mr. Bassett enjoyed attending auctions and flea markets and was an avid sports fan.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Wendy Meyer; sister, Mary Jane Harding; half-sisters, Nora Walston, who raised him from age 7 and Joyce Di Rosa; and his mother and father-in-law, John and Margaret Mello. Mr. Bassett is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Mary Mello Bassett; brothers, Joseph W. Bassett and James Bassett, both of Secretary, MD; sisters-in-law, Margaret Lines (Charles) of Bermuda and Hilda Elliott of Great Britain; numerous nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

A funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at the Bethany Baptist Church, 410 Denver Road, Wilmington, DE 19804, where friends may call from 10:30 am until 12 Noon. Interment will be held privately in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bethany Baptist Church at the address listed above or to Seasons Hospice of Delaware, 220 Continental Drive, Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713.


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  • Dear Mary so very sorry to hear about Johns passing. He will be greatly missed by all of us at Bethany .I now know he is giving out candy to all the angels in heaven and greeting them all with his smile. May God comfort you at this time and hold you in His loving arms.We are here for you and are praying for you also.With much sorrow Helen and Robin Yarnall

  • Dear Mary, I am so sad that John has passed. He was one of the kindest and sincere people that I have had the priveledge of knowing. He would always put others ahead of himself. I will always remember how on every Christmas John would find creative ways to hide Wendy’s present in something he got at an auction or flea market. It was entertaining watching Wendy trying to figure where he put it. It was one of the highlights of Christmas day. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with you.

  • I am so sorry to read of Mr. Bassett’s passing. When I have lost a loved one, I find the words of
    Jesus to give me needed comfort, like at John 11:25: “I am the resurrection and the life. The
    one who exercises faith in me, although he dies, will come to life.” I also enjoy the account of
    Lazarus, who died and was resurrected by Jesus, at John 11:11-44.

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  • So sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. During difficult times like this I find it comforting to reflect on the good times you had with your loved one and on the hope of seeing them again. The last book of the Bible (Revelation 21:1-4) speaks of a restored paradise where the human family will have the prospect of enjoying life without end, free from all sickness, disease and death. May the above scripture bring comfort to all in your family as you continue to strengthen and encourage one another.

  • Uncle Johnny was a wonderful and kind person. We have many happy memories of him. He taught Heidi and I how to play Checkers when we were young and always made us laugh. We know that he will be greatly missed. Aunt Mary, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you comfort, strength and peace in the days ahead. You are in our prayers.