Basil E. Cheney

April 19, 1928May 28, 2018
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Basil E. Cheney, age 90, Parishville, NY passed away May 28, 2018 at his home. Friends may call on Saturday, June 2nd from noon until 2pm at the Garner Funeral Home. There will be a graveside service for both Basil and Norma, immediately following, at the Fairview Cemetery in Parishville. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory can be made to the National Audubon Society, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850. Condolences on line can be shared Basil was born April 19, 1928 in Parishville, NY the son of late Reuben and Mollie (Chase) Cheney. Basil owned and operated Tennant Electric Motor Service in Potsdam, NY for many years. Basil was a member of both the Elks Lodge and the Lions Club. Upon retiring from Tennant Electric in 1988, he worked as the superintendent of Kildare Club, Tupper Lake, NY. He worked there with his wife Norma until fully retiring in 2000. Basil was also a 48 year member of the St. Regis Club, and while both Kildare and St. Regis Club were near and dear to his heart, his truest love was for his wife, Norma Cheney. They married on August 15, 1965 in Brasher Falls and were married 50 years until her death in 2016. Basil enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and was an avid New York Yankees fan as well. Basil was known by all as a kind, honest, hardworking man with great integrity. The love he shared with Norma was incredible to behold and a blessing to his family and friends. He was an honorable man who touched many lives and he will be sorely missed. Basil is survived by four children, Ronald Cascanette of Norfolk, NY; Cheryl (Mohsen) Monsef of Cedar Rapids, IA; Bonnie (Dave) DeGostin of Clay, NY and Basil (Kristen) Cheney of Canton, NY. Grandchildren; Laurie, Tracy, Jeri Lyn, Shelby, Anahita, Soraya, Tyler and Basil; 6 great grandchildren; son in law Mike Bonno of Potsdam; brother Paul Cheney of Portland, OR; sister Betty Cyrus of Fulton, NY and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Basil was predeceased by his wife Norma, his brothers Amos, Douglas and Bradley and his daughter Harriet Bonno.


  • Visitation Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, June 2, 2018

Basil E. Cheney

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Delbert/Sandy chase

June 6, 2018

Basil was in our thoughts and prayers a lot as you gathered to honour him last Saturday. Our health issues prevented us from attending but we sure wish that we could have been there with you. We will never forget what a fine person Basil was and what a great family he and Norma raised.
Sincerely, Del and Sandy

Tracy Hover

June 2, 2018

My heart and thoughts are with the family today. I will always remember grandpa Basil.May god be with all of us on a day with heavy hearts.Love,grandson Tracy Hover

William Murphy

June 2, 2018

I have fond memories of working at the Kildare Club. Basil was an amazing person and Norma made the best fried chicken.

My condolences.

I miss them both!

Bill Murphy

Kyle & Norma Matott & Family

June 2, 2018

Basil, Kristen and family,
We are so very sorry for your loss! We are thinking of you.

Gerry Grady

June 2, 2018

My heart goes out to all the family and friends that knew this wonderful soft spoken man. I had the privilege of working for he and Norma in 1995 at Big Kildare , the year of the micro burst. What wonderful lasting memories . Forever my friend.

Soraya Wagner

June 1, 2018

Papa. My one and only...
Words cannot express all the memories we shared but one of my favorites is from November 26 2013 in Potsdam. Both you and Gram were there. We were celebrating mine and Keegan’s wedding, in the same church that my mom and Dad got married. I asked if you would walk me down the isle the night before and you look at me and said “I think I could do that”. Followed with a smile. As I took your arm in gown and all, you clasped my hand, you looked at me and tenderly said “ not many men have the privlage of walking their daughter and granddaughter down the isle in the same lifetime”. ❤️❤️❤️ My eye welled with tears and my heart was so full. Thank you papa. For that moment and all the rest. I will forever carry them with me always. Until we meet again, take good care of Gram as I know you will xoxoxo

Carol Coller

May 31, 2018

Basil, Kristen and family, So sorry for your loss. God Bless you.

David Stacy

May 31, 2018

Basil and family, So sorry to hear about your dad, remember all the good times that you all shared during this hard time

Richard DiOrio

May 31, 2018

I had the privilege of meeting Basil two summers ago and he left a last memory with me. Bonnie and myself were working in the Potsdam area and we stopped by his beautiful home and as soon as I walked in, I felt the warm environment all around me. I will never forget the smile Basil had as we both found pleasure in picking on Bonnie :). That is an image that will stay with me for the rest of my life, the smile as he sat in his chair looking out at the beautiful view and backyard in that lovely country. May Basil find peace now as he is in that surrounding with his wife of many years in heaven.

My sincere condolences to Bonnie and the extended family and for all who were fortunate enough to know this great man.