In his leisure, Mike enjoyed playing the accordion as well as the keyboard along with his brother, Alan, in their band, “Travelin’ Thru.”
A well-respected individual, Mike was a person everyone loved. He will be greatly missed by his family and the community he served so selflessly.
Mike is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Claudia; their son and daughter-in-law, John (”J.R.”) and Jennifer Basile, and one granddaughter, Kaylee Basile. He is further survived by his mother, Phyllis Basile; one brother and sister-in-law, Alan P. and Peggy Basile; one sister and brother-in-law, Joann M. and Bernie Zeh; his nieces and nephews, Katherine Basile, Joe Basile, Bernie Zeh III, Christopher Zeh, Dominick Zeh, Michelle Zeh, Jody Harrington, and Jenna Utter and her husband, Kevin, and their son Lucas; and a sister-in-law, Debbie Harrington and her husband, Gary. Mike will be especially missed by his beloved Dalmatian, Chief.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph F. Basile, who died Dec. 9, 2012.
Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown when Mike’s family will be in attendance.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Fr. John P. Rosson, pastor, presiding. At the conclusion of the Mass, a Firefighter Memorial Service for Chief Basile will be conducted by his fellow firefighters.
Immediately following the services at the church, Chief Basile’s remains will be borne to E-372, Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2’s 2006 Freightliner Pumper. A procession will follow, during which Chief Basile’s remains will pause at Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 1, his former home in Hartwick and will culminate with the Final Alarm at Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2. A reception will follow in the fire hall.
For those who so desire, donations in memory of Mike may be made to Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2, 4877 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.