Harold “Harry” Bassett, 63, of Elk River, Minnesota passed into eternal life, with our Lord and Savior on February 22, 2013, at home with his loving family at his side. Harry had been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in March of 2011, and fought a valiant battle to the very end.
Harry was born on June 20, 1949, to Arnold and Carolyn Bassett in Cloquet, Minnesota, and was the oldest of four children. He graduated from Cloquet High School, and very proudly with the ‘Class of 1967’.
Harry was a Native American and honored to be from the Fond du Lac Reservation in Cloquet, Minnesota. He followed many Native American traditions, and raised his sons to love and respect the gifts of his heritage. He proudly served on several boards and committees on behalf of the reservation.
Harry followed in his father’s footsteps and worked in the furniture business for almost 40 years. He was employed as a sales representative for Magnussen Home Furnishings, Simon Li and Jackson/Catnapper Furniture.
Harry was also proud to be a member of the Anoka Area Shrine Club and the Zuhrah Drum Corps. He played his tenor drum at the forefront of many parades and award-winning performances.
He loved hunting and fishing with his friends, his sons and his grandsons. He was well-known for his wonderful sense of humor, his quick wit and his ability to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Harry has left us with an indelible legacy of memories to cherish-precious memories about Harry, his jokes, his compassion, his honor, his pride and his deep devotion for his family and friends. Harry will be deeply missed by his family and his many, many friends.
Harry was preceded in death by his father, Arnold Bassett, in July of 2012.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Gayle; their sons, Christopher (Cindy), and Bryan (Bridget); two very special grandsons, Ethan and Owen. He is also survived by his mother, Carolyn Bassett; his sisters, Lynn (Jeff) Gort, Brenda (Mike) Pollak; and a brother, Rick (Kim) Bassett; nieces, Meagan Pollak, Jennifer Clement; and nephews, Ben Gort, Sam Gort, Dan Bassett, and Nathan Pollak. He is also survived by many, many devoted friends. All will miss him.
ANOKA: Visitation will be held at St. Stephen’s Church, 525 Jackson St., Anoka, MN on Tuesday, February 26, 5:00-8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. A Christian Burial Mass will be held Wednesday, February 27, at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m.
CLOQUET: Visitation will be held at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 102 4th St., Cloquet, MN on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. Christian Burial Mass.
INTERMENT: Harry’s wish was to be cremated. A private interment will be held in the spring at New Calvary Cemetery in Cloquet.
Nelson Funeral Care, 1004 Cloquet Ave., Cloquet, MN is assisting the family with arrangements. See the family online guest book at www.nelsonfuneralcare.net.