HAROLD "HARRY" FRANCIS BASSETTHarold "Harry" Bassett, 63, of Elk River, Minn., passed into eternal life with our Lord and Savior Feb. 22, 2013, at home with his loving family at his side.
HAROLD "HARRY" FRANCIS BASSETT
Harold "Harry" Bassett, 63, of Elk River, Minn., passed into eternal life with our Lord and Savior Feb. 22, 2013, at home with his loving family at his side.
Harry had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March of 2011 and fought a valiant battle to the very end. He was born June 20, 1949, to Arnold and Carolyn Bassett in Cloquet, the oldest of four children. He graduated from Cloquet High School and very proudly with the 'Class of 1967'.
Harry was a Native American and honored to be from the Fond du Lac Reservation in Cloquet. He followed many Native American traditions and raised his sons to love and respect the gifts of his heritage. He proudly served on several boards and committees on behalf of the reservation.
Harry followed in his father's footsteps and worked in the furniture business for almost 40 years. He was employed as a sales representative for Magnussen Home Furnishings, Simon Li, and Jackson/Catnapper Furniture.
He was also proud to be a member of the Anoka Area Shrine Club and the Zuhrah Drum Corps. He played his tenor drum at the forefront of many parades and award-winning performances.
Harry loved hunting and fishing with his friends, his sons, and his grandsons. He was well-known for his wonderful sense of humor, his quick wit and his ability to bring a smile to anyone's face. Harry has left us with an indelible legacy of memories to cherish - precious memories about Harry, his jokes, his compassion, his honor, his pride and his deep devotion for his family and friends. Harry will be deeply missed by his family and his many, many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold Bassett, in July of 2012.
Harry is survived by his wife of 43 years, Gayle; their sons, Christopher (Cindy), and Bryan (Bridget); two very special grandsons, Ethan and Owen; his mother, Carolyn Bassett; sisters Lynn (Jeff) Gort and Brenda (Mike) Pollak; brother Rick (Kim) Bassett; nieces Meagan Pollak and Jennifer Clement; nephews Ben Gort, Sam Gort, Dan Bassett, and Nathan Pollak; and many, many devoted friends. All will miss him.
ANOKA: Visitation will be held at St. Stephen's Church, 525 Jackson St., Anoka, Minn., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 5-8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service. A Christian Burial Mass will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m. with a visitation beginning at 10 a.m.
CLOQUET: Visitation will be held at Queen of Peace Catholic Church 102 4th St., Cloquet, Thursday, Feb. 28, from 9 until the 11 a.m. Christian Burial Mass.
INTERMENT: Harry's wish was to be cremated. A private interment will be held in the spring at New Calvary Cemetery in Cloquet.
Nelson Funeral Care, 1004 Cloquet Ave., Cloquet, is assisting the family with arrangements. See the family online guestbook at www.nelsonfuneralcare.net.