Swan Funeral Home

1224 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT


Jerry M. Basil

July 8, 1934February 3, 2020

Jenard "Jerry" M. Basil, 85, of Old Saybrook passed away on Monday, February 3, 2020 at the UCONN John Dempsey Hospital, Farmington, CT. Mr. Basil was born on July 8, 1934 in New York City to Louis J. Basil and Cecilia Roman. Mr. Basil attended the New York City public schools before moving to Bridgeport, CT. and completing his schooling at Harding High School. Shortly after, he entered into the United States Marine Corp. honorably serving 3 years active duty and 23 years reservist before retiring as Master Gunnery Sergeant. Mr. Basil also attended BEI (Bridgeport Engineering Institute) where he earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He was a Proud Patriot who loved the American Flag but most of all he was the loving husband to his sweetheart Janice Basil. They shared a loving 57 years together enjoying trips to Pennsylvania, Vermont and Newport with their fondest memories made with a trip across the country in their RV.

Jerry could often be seen walking Main Street with his loyal dog “Bailey” who will surely miss him. He was a problem solver who often took on difficult and unwanted projects around the house or for friends. Jerry is best known as a loving husband, proud father/grandfather, loyal friend and a Marine who served with pride. He shared his quick wit, storytelling, knowledge of history with many family and friends who will forever be grateful for his time and love. Mr. Basil is survived by his wife, Janice (Drake) Basil of Old Saybrook; sister, Gail Chatcavage of Seymour; sons, Mark J. Basil of Northford, Aaron L. Basil of Guilford; daughter, Dana L. Basil-Abreu of Old Saybrook; grandchildren Amanda, Brandon, Haley, Chelsea, Hannah, Nicholas, Caroline and Quinn. He is predeceased by his parents Louis J. Basil and Cecilia Roman and nephews Joe and Todd Chatcavage. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 4 until 6 PM at Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook, CT. 06475. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 10:00 AM at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the CT Veterans Cemetery, Middletown.


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Grace and Charley Bates

February 11, 2020

Dear Jan: We were saddened to learn of Jerry's death and we send you and your family our condolences from Hawaii. We knew Jerry as a private and quiet man whose good heart was easily recognized.

We pray that the Good Lord is welcoming Jerry into His heavenly kingdom and that His Holy Spirit will guide and comfort you and your family in the days ahead. Love, Grace and Charley Bates

Pat and Kim Collins

February 8, 2020

Dear Jan,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. We will miss seeing Jerry with his big smile & kind words when he was walking his buddy Bailey in the neighborhood.
Pat and Kim

Bob Day

February 8, 2020

Jan & family I am sorry for your loss .The world is a lesser place without Jerry,but I’m rest assured Jerry remembered to tell St. Peter that he is another Marine reporting sir I served my time in hell. Your old friend Bob Day

Mark Soltes

February 8, 2020

Aaron and Basil Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Mark Soltes

Joyce and Cal Baker

February 8, 2020

Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. Jan you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time . May Jerry rest in peace. Blessings, Joyce and Cal Baker

Bill Zebb

February 8, 2020

I will always remember Jerry as a man of honor,compassion, courage and understanding. He did all the right things and with a good sense of humor. Always loyal to his family, friends and country, he will be greatly missed.