Louis "Buddy" A Basso

March 3, 1948April 23, 2021
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Westbrook- Louis Anthony “Buddy” Basso, 73, of Westbrook, passed away suddenly at Maine Medical Center in Portland on April 23, 2021. Buddy was born in Portland on March 3, 1948. He was a 1966 graduate of Deering High School. He played football and was an All-State, All-American basketball player. After graduation, he proudly served his country in the United States Army, serving two tours in Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart, two Army commendation medals, and the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB). After being honorably discharged, Buddy went into Medical Sales. He also owned and operated Basso’s Italian Market in Windham, until he retired. He enjoyed coaching basketball at Sacopee Valley High School, and at Portland High School. He was loved and respected by his players.

Buddy was a kind, caring and very generous person who was totally devoted to his family. He was the “life of the party” and would always put smiles on the faces of everyone who knew him or even just came into contact with him. During the time that he lived in Cornish and Kezar Falls, he was a volunteer EMT for the Sacopee Valley Rescue, and thoroughly enjoyed farming, caring for his livestock, making maple syrup, and participating in his community.

Buddy was an avid sports fan, and loved the Boston Red Sox, the Celtics, the Bruins, and the New England Patriots. He also loved to hunt and fish especially in Eustis. He was known for his delicious pizza, which everyone looked forward to, knowing that he would bring his homemade pizza to any celebration. He took pride in his beautiful back yard and in his garden. Buddy was predeceased by his mother, Mary Leary Basso.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 50 years, Linda (Fusco) Basso, his daughters Lori Smalley, and her husband Brian of Portland, and Heather White, and her husband Kevin of Westbrook, his son Brent of Windham, his sister Mary Ann Viola of Portland, his brother William “Skip” Basso of Bar Harbor, three beautiful granddaughters, Marina Galli of Portland, Payton Basso of Ohio, and Ava Galli of Portland, and his granddog, Rylee Basso White.

A Celebration of Life will take place at a later day. Arrangements are under the care of Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home in Portland.


13 June

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Family Home

82 Brook St
Westbrook Maine


Louis "Buddy" A Basso

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Bill Logan

May 11, 2021

I remember so clearly the times in the early 1960's when Buddy and Skip would meet up with me, Mark Norton, Leo Poisson and Eddie Baker and then head down to Gulliver's Field to play football and baseball or to just hangout as teenage friends. On the way home we would often go just a short distance up Mayfield Street and say hello to my now wife of 50 years Linda (Nelson).

Buddy was always the athletic leader of us all on the field, but more important he was a great friend to all of us as we experienced those important teenage years together.
Skip, you have mine and Linda's sympathy for the loss of your brother, who lived a wonderful and rewarding life with his family; and I am sure that Buddy, a loyal Red Sox fan as I still am, would want you all to B-STRONG!
Bill Logan (DHS 1965)

Jeff Hannon

May 4, 2021

My condolence to Skip Basso and the rest of the Basso family. Buddy and I played basketball at Deering during the 1963-64 season. He was a good teammate and terrific player. I have great memories of playing in some difficult games including the LL championship game against Cheverus. Buddy was also a good, fun-loving guy who liked a good time. Gone to soon. RIP!

Aron and Cindy Storck

May 3, 2021

Our heartfelt condolences to the Basso family. So saddened to learn of Buddy's passing. Buddy was a friend, classmate, and teammate from our days at Lincoln and Deering. Saw him at many of his children's sporting events and it was always fun to connect with Buddy and share old times. As an aside, I am sure he had perfect attendance at every game. We moved to Oklahoma City 20 years ago and lost touch with him. He was one of Deering's best and greatest and certainly a wonderful and devoted family guy. Thank you for your service to our country and RIP #20.

Pamela Hanna

May 3, 2021

Dear Linda and family,
Our heartfelt condolences go out to you all at this most difficult time. May you all find peace and strength in the days ahead. Cherish each other and find comfort in the precious memories of your time spent together.
God bless you all.
Love, Pamela (Casale) Hanna and family

Joel Rogers

May 3, 2021

I met Buddy for the first time in the late 80's. I was running a small community hospital with two wooden nickles. I needed to update the operating rooms if we were to survive. I got wind that a guy who took care of the Osteopathic Hospital could most likely help me out. When Buddy came I knew right then this was a special man. He became a mentor and friend from that day on. I was his demo guy. Demo the equipment at three hospitals and then call Joel. I got state of the art for pennies on the dollars. It saved Westbrook Community Hospital.
Over time it was like we would figure out what to buy or sell so we could meet and talk hoops for hours and the deal took 10 minutes. As I moved on Buddy changed gears and went into medical supplies. Since I was now running a nursing home we had our synergy back. Plus, he had Lori, then Brent playing for my beloved Bulldogs. It was from these great talks that I realized life was too short and needed to re-connect with my teammate, now dear friend, Coach Russo.
Buddy always had spot on advice for me over the years. More importantly, Buddy was one of two or three people that always made you feel better after you talked. Sinatra had nothing on Buddy Basso. Buddy owned the room he was in. One of his last deals he put together for me was a resident who could only lie on his stomach and use his hands. He pulled Brent in and got a power gurney that is legendary to this day. Fred in the Bed was seen all over the Boulevard, Old Port and Payson Park for years to come. I will miss not seeing Buddy when the Expo re-opens, but will never forget his mentorship. May God bless the entire Basso family.

Richard Swett

May 2, 2021

Rest In Peace

Your service and sacrifice for this country will never be forgotten.

Richard W Swett
DaNang, Vietnam (1969)

Dan Griffin

May 2, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about Buddy’s passing. My condolences to the family.

Donald Barton

May 2, 2021

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your husband, father, grandfather, and brother.
I had the good fortune to play basketball with Buddy at Deering and marveled at his skill, fluidity, intensity, and understanding of the game. He clearly was in a class by himself on the court. When he got "that look" with the tight upper lip, you knew he would not be denied. I was smart enough to stay out of his way as he drove to the hoop in practice and absolutely loved being his teammate. He also had a halftime ritual that typified his competitiveness which was a 10.
I saw him only occasionally over the years, but I have great memories of him both as a player and a man. Rest assured he will always remain with you in spirit and in your heart.
Sincerely, Don Barton Deering Class of 1967

Tom Herbert

May 2, 2021

RIP Buddy. Many great Expo memories.

Richard Whitmore

May 2, 2021

‘Buddy’ Basso an athlete of great skill, a competitor of the highest order and a good man!