Salvatore (Sam) Francis Basile, 91, of Auburn died on August 30, 2019 at The Commons on St. Anthony. He was pre-deceased by his parents Sebastian and Josephine (Franchina) Basile, his sister Teresa Basile Morris, his brother Anthony, his daughter Annette Lutz and his grandsons Matthew Basile, Andrew and Wesley Bunnell.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Teresa Calarco Basile of Auburn, his nine children Salvatore (Tom Ager) Kingston-Basile of Syracuse, Marie (Stanley) Surowiec of Fort Mill, South Carolina, Michael (Gloria) of Constantia, Josephine (Donald) Newkirk of Auburn, Carol Krider of Painesville, Ohio, Elizabeth (Joseph) Piwinski of Auburn, Jeanne (Peter) Bunnell of Scipio Center, Carmella (John) Dixon of Auburn, Francis (Mary Jane) of Seneca Falls, 24 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Mr Basile graduated from East High School, Auburn and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He saw action in the Pacific Theater during World War II and during the Korean Conflict. Following the war, he spent many years as an active member of the Cayuga County Civil Defense. He retired from Red Star Express Lines as a diesel mechanic in 1989 after 43 years.
Sam loved spending time with his family, especially his grand and great-grand children. He was a master wood craftsman who enjoyed building clocks and assembling and flying model airplanes.
Calling hours are this Friday morning from 10:00 am until noon with services to immediately follow at 12:00 pm all at the Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St.,Auburn. Burial will follow the services in St. Joseph's Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded.