Lester Lee Bassett, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully at home at the age of 77. He was one of ten children born to the late John E. and Ruth E. (Franklin) Bassett.
He graduated from Norwich Technical School and began working for Soloman and Knapp Plumbing and Heating. He married the love of his life Linda, started a family, and began working at the University of Connecticut where he retired after 30 years of service. Meanwhile working part time as a projectionist at the Capitol Theater in Willimantic, the College Theatre in Storrs, and the Mansfield Training School.
Lester enjoyed playing cards with friends, watching UConn basketball, playing golf until he retired, was a life-long New York Yankees fan, and was always ready for the Super Bowl. He loved watching horseracing and was known to place a bet now and then. After retiring, landscaping became his passion. Whether it was planting trees, shrubs, flowers, or just mowing his lawn, he loved every minute of it.
Lester was a hard worker and always willing to lend a hand to anyone that needed it. He was a lifetime member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1311 and Franco American Civic & Social Club. He was a member of the Windham Golf Club during his golfing years.
Lester is survived by his wife Linda (Wojick) Bassett, son Donald Bassett, daughter Christine (Bassett) Bernard, and grandchildren Joseph, Jenna, and Juliana Bernard. He is survived by several siblings including his brothers John Bassett and his wife Pat, and Walter “Skip” Bassett, his sisters Phyllis Coombs, Linda Anderson, Cynthia and her husband Dave Wildowski, Barbara and her husband Jeff Bitgood, Sheryl and her husband Steve Shea, brother-in-law Michael Wojick, sister-in-law Patricia Wojick, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard, sister Ruth (Schaefer), bothers-in-law Raymond Anderson and Richard Coombs, and sister-in-law Betty Bassett.
Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life honoring Lester on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 1:00 PM at the Willimantic Elks Lodge 1311. Please join us as we share many happy memories. To sign an online guestbook visit www.potterfuneralhome.com
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