They had

Four daughters

Cyril (Cy) Ernest Arthur BASSETT

B  1917 Hastings, Sussex, England

D 2009 Chester, California, USA

Martha (Maggie) HENRY  

B  1919 Oklahoma, USA

D  1991

Marr 1937 Los Angeles, California, USA




I found this obituary about Cyril online, which gives an insight into his life.


 (September 7, 1917 - September 27, 2009)

Cyril "Cy" Bassett affectionately remembered in the community as the "Whistler" or the "Old Goat", passed from this life Sunday evening, September 27th, 2009 at Seneca District Hospital located in Chester, CA. His daughter was at his side.

Born in Hastings, England to the late Ernest and Eveline (Hetzmann) Bassett, fleeing from World War I Cy and his family immigrated to Canada when he was just one month old. They resided in Canada for seven years prior to immigrating to the US and settling in the Los Angeles area. Here Cy graduated from Harrison High School as a member of the "Class of 1934".

Cy entered the military on February 13th, 1943 serving in the U.S. Army as a Quartermaster during World War II. SSGT Cy Bassett valiantly fought throughout Europe to include the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle at Leipzig. Following the conclusion of the War he remained a member of the Active Reserve retiring honorably in May of 1965 as a CWO2.

While working in a Von's market in Southern California just out of high school Cy met a pretty young customer, Martha "Maggie" Henry. As their love for one another grew the two were united in matrimony on November 13th, 1937 in Los Angeles, CA and to this union four daughters were born.

The family moved to the Northeastern California community of Clear Creek in 1947 and Cy continued to reside there until moving to Chester in 2001.

Cy was a professional truck driver who drove fuel trucks before going to work for The Collins Family in Chester as a Water Truck driver, retiring in 1984. Following his retirement he could be found working part time at the Holiday market in Chester for a number of years. He had also bartended for numerous establishments throughout the area.

A member of the Susanville Elks Lodge for over 50 years, Cy served as their bartender. He was a fifty year member of Chester's VFW Post and a Life Member of the Chester American Legion Post. As a 50yr member of the Masonic Lodge he attended the former Westwood Lodge before transferring to The Sincerity Lodge of Greenville when Westwood closed. He was a member of the Order of Eastern Star serving as a past Patron and was an Associate Guardian of the Jobs Daughters during the 60's. Cy was an avid coin collector as well as a good cook and enjoyed communicating with others through the mail. He will be fondly remembered by many for his joke telling. Cy found great pleasure in donating his time and sharing his finances with those in need and was one of the largest supporters of Westwood's Breakfast for Kids Program.

In passing Cy leaves his loving daughters; Carol and her husband Allen Bunch of Chester, CA, Caryn and her husband Phillip Looney of Idaho Falls, ID and Cela and her husband Charles Lohrstorfer of Pahrump, Nevada, four precious grand and thirteen great grandchildren, along with a brother; Robert Bassett of Prescott, AZ.

Cy joins in his eternal home his wife; Martha Lee "Maggie" Bassett who passed from this life in May of 1991, daughter; Martha who tragically passed from this life while Cy was serving in Europe during World War II at the age of two, a brother; Arthur, sister; Miriam and three grandchildren.

At Cy's request no services will take place. Private inurnment will take place with his wife in the Chester District Cemetery. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at www.fehrmanmortuary.com. The family suggests any remembrances in Cy's memory be made to the Westwood Breakfast for Kid's Program c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

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