John "Jack" Thomas Basius

September 24, 1935April 2, 2021

John Thomas Basius, known to his family and close friends as Jack, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Good Friday, April 2, 2021. He was born on September 24, 1935 in Boston MA; he was the son of the late Francis and Mary Basius.

Jack graduated from Roxbury Latin and proudly served his country in the US Air Force. He had a successful career as an air traffic controller and Manager at the Federal Aviation Administration, and was known as an “honest to the point” boss. One of his greatest passions was his love for hockey, having played for the FAA team; he refereed and coached for the local youth travel teams. He married the love of his life Anne Marie Lucey and raised a family of four children. His family knows him as a private humble and gentle man known for his compassion and being nonjudgmental.

He is survived by his daughters Susan A. Lewis of Nashua, Mary Jane Tremblay and her husband Donald of Rutland MA; sons Joseph Basius and his wife Maureen of Warren NJ, and Peter Basius and his wife Susan of Northborough MA; grandchildren Ashley Kennedy and her husband John of Nashua, Jonathan Tremblay of Rutland MA, Ryan Lewis and his wife Jenny of Boston MA, Taylor Tremblay and her fiancé Jorge Ortiz of Symrna GA, and Carter Basius of Northborough MA; great-granddaughters Eloise and Eleanor Kennedy of Nashua; and sisters Bernadette Warwick of Weymouth MA, and Kathryn Mac Gillivray of Charleston SC. He predeceased by his wife Anne; brother Frank Basius, and sister Marie Ridge.

Services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Jean Rhuda

April 9, 2021

Jack was my first supervisor when I joined the FAA in 1982. I was the first female in Area B and he treated me just like all the guys..tough and fair. He was a great role model and so full of knowledge and love for aviation and ATC. My condolences for your loss of a wonderful gentleman.

Arnold Alves

April 8, 2021

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jack. I knew Jack as a member of crew 2B, at the Boston ARTCC in Nashua. He was a great supervisor and an even better man. He will be greatly missed by everyone who ever knew.

Arnold "Butch" Alves and wife Barbara

Tom Roberts

April 7, 2021

My sincere condolences to all of Jack's friends and family. I had the pleasure of having Jack as my first FAA supervisor some 40 years ago. He was more than just a boss, he was a friend and mentor. He had a love of aviation that made a long lasting impression on this ATCer.

Dick Annicchiarico

April 7, 2021

We have been Jack's neighbors for many years. Jack was always such a nice and helpful man over the years. It was only two or three times a year that I'd have a conversation with him, but it was always enjoyable to catch up from the previous season. I always admired his workmanlike approach to taking care of his home and yard. My wife and I would say things like, "Jack is snowblowing his yard, so it must be the perfect time to do it." When I first moved to the neighborhood, Jack used to snowblow my yard. He didn't want any accolades for doing it, he was just glad to help.

My heart goes out to family and friends of Jack. He was a classy, humble man. I will miss him.

Helene Scoggins

April 7, 2021

I just want to say how sorry I am to hear of your loss., I have had the pleasure of meeting your dad these last six years walking our dogs at lunch . I also had the pleasure of meeting him through my husband who was lucky to call him his boss at the FAA. Just want you to know I am thinking of you and your family during these hard times ahead. God Bless.

Judy Klein Romero

April 6, 2021

So very sorry to learn of Jack's passing. May his memory be a blessing. He left a wonderful legacy in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. May he rest in eternal peace. XOXO, Judy