Donald E. Basile
February 26, 1942 – July 24, 2019
On Wednesday, July 24, 2019, Donald Edward Basile, 77, husband of Sharon (Hepburn) Basile, passed away peacefully while sleeping in his bed at home in Douglassville, PA. Don was born in Springfield, MA, the third son of Helen (Page) and George I Basile, both deceased. He received his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the North Carolina State University School (now ‘College’) of Design in Raleigh, NC. He left Cornell where he was studying horticulture for NC State when he realized he wanted to design communities not just gardens. Don first met his wife Sharon when she was 12 years old, just a girl he playfully threw off a raft at the beach of his Uncle Gino’s restaurant, “The Brass Rail” in Southwick, MA. His teen years were spent working for his uncle on the lake where Sharon grew up. They were married in the church there, the first time, on July 27, 1967, the summer of his college graduation. He moved her to Raleigh to begin his employment with his professor (Lewis James Clarke) at his firm, Lewis Clark Associates. Here Don was an integral part of the design and development of Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head Island, SC. The Lewis Clarke Associates' drawings and documents are archived at North Carolina State University Libraries Special Collections Research Center. Don left his position in Raleigh to move his young family to Union Township 50 years ago and formed his own company with his brothers, Ernest R. Basile, husband of Kathy Seabourne, and Robert Basile, husband of Marie Mooney. His brothers also moved their families and they continue to live together on their property lovingly referred to as “the farm” in Douglassville. Don became intimately involved in his community. He served on the Union Township Municipal Authority from March 1973 through December 1978, the Planning Commission from 2001 until 2019. Most recently, and until his passing, he was elected to the Board of Supervisors and gave 16 years of service. Donald was a member of the Skyline Drive Corvette Club, Reading, PA, for 20-years. He organized multiple adventures to all 49 continental states and 7 of the 9 Canadian provinces for the “Continental Cruisers” in their corvettes including Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador. The only reason the car didn’t get to Hawaii is the road hasn’t been built yet. Probably the organizational work of which he was most proud was his work on behalf of the American Cancer Society. Don and Sharon were instrumental in founding and establishing the ACS Pottstown Area Relay for Life. Their efforts helped to build a million-dollar Relay which, at one time, was the 5th largest Relay in the world. In 2003, he received the “Volunteer of the Millennium” award for his “zealous and assiduous work” over a six-year period for the success of the Pottstown Area Relay for Life.
He volunteered for The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program which provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. October 2004 he was presented with a “Volunteer Achievement Award” in appreciation of his dedication and outstanding service in the fight against cancer. One of his favorite passengers was a young man receiving treatment for a spinal tumor who needed a ride to and from Philadelphia every day which he did for an extended period. His reward was seeing, for the first time, this young man stand up from his wheelchair for the Relay’s opening lap survivor walk. Don believed this was his most favored acknowledgement of service. This was a cause very dear to his heart for so many reasons. Don wasn’t just passionate about community work and travelling, he also found time to play racquetball, work in his gardens, eat chocolate chip cookies or ice cream, be with his dogs, have a Coca Cola (it wasn’t just the “real thing” it was the “only” thing!). But perhaps his greatest passion and joy was guiding his family, nieces and nephews and helping his friends. Donald leaves behind his wife Sharon who he married for the second time after an 8-year separation on July 29, 1986; his 3 sons who he loved dearly: Michael E., husband of Stacey A. Basile, Pottstown; Andrew G., husband of Jennifer A. Basile, Douglassville, and Kevin J., husband of Lynn Dailey-Basile, Haddonfield, NJ; his adoring grandchildren: Isabella A. Basile, Anthony R. Basile and Fiona Mamas; both of his brothers: Ernest R. Basile and Robert Basile and their wives Kathy and Marie, respectively, Douglassville; and his younger sister, Carol Lee Kreitchet and her husband Fred of Ambler, PA. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, many other relatives and countless friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Spring Hollow Golf Club. 3350 Schuylkill Rd., Spring City, PA. 19475, on Thursday, August 8, 2019, starting at 6:30 PM. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. In Lieu of Flowers, contributions may be made in Donald’s name to the following: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA) for CRPS/RSD, 99 Cherry ST, Milford, CT 06460; the American Heart Association, 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd #700, Philadelphia, PA 19103; or the American Cancer Society, 1818 Market ST, Philadelphia, PA 19103. The entire Basile family wishes to convey their deepest appreciation to the numerous medical staff who participated is his care over the years but especially the last five when he battled a disease with no effective treatment or cure. To the countless relatives and friends who supported him, there will never be enough words to describe how grateful we are for all the care, concern and love you gave him. And, to our community and the people he encountered through his work and his volunteering, he was a man who spent a lifetime trying to make a difference in your life and the lives of those around you. You gave his life meaning and purpose and for that we are eternally grateful. Thank you! Arrangements by the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home, Inc., 111 North Reading Ave. Boyertown, PA. 19512 Online condolences may be made at www.lwottfuneralhome.com
- Sharon H. (Hepburn) Basile, Wife
- Michael E. Basile, Son
- Stacey A. Basile, Daughter-in-law
- Andrew G. Basile, Son
- Jennifer A. Basile, Daughter-in-law
- Kevin J. Basile, Son
- Lynn Dailey-Basile, Daughter-in-law
- George I. Basile, Father (deceased)
- Helen (Page) Basile, Mother (deceased)
- Donald is also survived by his adoring grandchildren, Isabella A. Basile, Anthony R. Basile and Fiona Mamas; both of his brothers, Ernest R. Basile and Robert Basile and their wives Kathy and Marie and his younger sister, Carol Lee Kreitchet and her husband Fred; also by nieces and nephews, many other relatives and countless friends.
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Associations (RSDSA) for CRPS/RSD
99 Cherry Street, Milford , CT 066460
The American Heart Association
1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd#700, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The American Cancer Society
1818 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
- A Life Of Celebration Thursday, August 8, 2019
Donald E. Basile
August 8, 2019
I am so sorry for your's and your family's loss.
I do remember Donny having a big heart.
Prayers for all.
Dennis & Linda Gallino
August 5, 2019
Sharon & Family: We were so sorry and shocked to hear of Don's passing. May you all be assured that Don is in God's hands and that you will all meet again someday, though you all have many memories of Don which will help to carry you all through this difficult time, and into the future, without his physical presence.
May God Bless You All,
Dennis & Linda Gallino
August 3, 2019
Joe and I enjoyed many Corvette Trips with Donnie and Sharon. Our favorite was the Newfoundland/Labrador trip.
Every trip was so much fun filled with lots of sightseeing and laughs.
A few weeks ago, fellow Continental Cruiser, Mary Collini, passed. Donnie was there for her service. I had no idea that that would be the last time I would see Donnie, but, I am thankful that I had that opportunity.
I am certain that Mary greeted Donnie at the gates of heaven and together, they are planning to meet the rest of us when our time comes. I am also sure that they are planning a Heavenly Cruise for all of us!
God Bless you Donnie!
Jane Alan Bennett
August 2, 2019
Sharon, Please accept my heartfelt prayers and condolences.
Jane Alan Bennett
July 30, 2019
I am one of the blessed to have known and worked for Donnie as well. What a great man. Donnie was a man that brought a smile into every room. He lifted people up with his carefree, happy, and generous attitude. He made you feel comfortable, always! His smile and laughter will remain a vivid memory. He will be greatly missed by so many! Love to his family, his wife, his sons, his daughter-in-laws and his grandchildren. Sincerely, Kristen Keeler
July 29, 2019
I have also been blessed to know and work for Don and the Basile family for 15+ years. I was very fond of Don, he was a very sweet and caring man and was very appreciative of all of his workers. His memory will remain in my heart always.
Sincerest Condolunces to Sharon and the entire Basile Family
July 29, 2019
I have been blessed to know and work for Don and his family over the past 35 years. Don was a very generous and caring individual who always knew how to bring a smile to your face. He was always appreciative of those who worked for him and genuinely interested in their families. When I think of Don, I think of determination, humor and love of family and friends. I’m thankful for the opportunity to have known Don and the positive influence he had on my life!
Sincerest condolences to Sharon & family
July 29, 2019
Knowing Don changed my life. In my experience, he always treated people with respect. Sadly it is something we are losing sight of. It was a shock to hear of his passing. Took for granted he would be around forever, but that is something we do when a person leaves a positive mark on you. So I guess he will be around forever, in our hearts. Thank you Donnie!
July 28, 2019
You will be missed! Thank you for all you have done for the world and your friends & family. Our condolences are being sent from Vermont. Love and prayers, Hepburn Family