Michael J. Basile
“O God, who said as long as you did it for one of these my children you did it for me, grant a fitting reward to your fireman who has given his time and energy for the good of others. To him who gave up his rest at all hours of the day and night grant eternal rest; to him who has answered his final alarm on earth, grant a place of refreshment, joy and peace.”
HARTWICK SEMINARY — Michael J. Basile, a man who dedicated more than 40 years to fire and EMS efforts in his community, passed away following a valiant battle with cancer Saturday evening, Jan. 18, 2014, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, with his loving family at his side. The current chief of Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2 in Hartwick Seminary, Mike was 62.
Born Jan. 12, 1952, in Far Rockaway, Queens, he was a son of Joseph F. and Phyllis (Maiorino) Basile.
Raised on Long Island in Massapequa, he graduated in 1969 from Plainedge High School. After briefly attending college, he went to work for Baisley Lumber Company on Long Island.
When he moved to Hartwick he learned the electrical trade with his uncle. He later started his own business, Basile & Son Fire Alarms.
In 1972, Mike and his family moved upstate to Hartwick. He came to meet Claudia D. Hall and the two were married Oct. 19, 1986, in a ceremony at the Cooperstown United Methodist Church. Throughout most of his life Mike was dedicated to fire service, beginning with his membership as a young man in the North Massapequa Fire Department. After moving to upstate New York, Mike played a vital role in contributing to fire and EMS efforts in his community as well as in the county. He first served Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 1 as captain of the Hartwick Emergency Squad and was currently a volunteer and chief for Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2 in Hartwick Seminary. He was also currently serving as the deputy EMS coordinator (OC-7) for the Otsego County Office of Emergency Services.