Thomas Benton Basore Jr.


Thomas Benton Basore Jr.

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Thomas Benton Basore Jr.

Thomas Benton Basore Jr., of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at Baptist Medical Center Nassau in Fernandina Beach with his daughter and wife by his side and holding his hands.

Born July 20, 1938, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Thomas Benton Basore Sr. and Margaret Constantina Davalos Basore. 

Tom, fondly known as “Tommy” to his family and “Thomas” or “Tom” in industry, fully embraced life, contributing his all for his family and the community. He was passionate about his nation, patriotism and his service in the U.S. Air Force from 1955-59. He never met a stranger, and all know him for his engaging conversation and global experiences and life. Professionally, he is renowned in the global printing community and passionate about his nautical life, which included sailing, transatlantic voyages and a role in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Irene Lavallee Basore; former wife of 43 years, Jean Harris Basore; daughter, Allyn Jean Basore, and her children, Nicole J. Izquierdo and Caroline S. LaRochelle; son, Darren Thomas Basore, and his wife, Carole Louise, and their son, Anthony Basore; three great-grandchildren and a fourth on the way; and sisters, Margret Basore Perry and Lucy Geneva Basore Birkemeier.

In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his sister, Cheryl Basore Webb.

Services will be 5 p.m. (Tom says 1700) on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Fernandina Beach with Father Jose Kallukalam serving as celebrant.

Attendance is encouraged in person at the church or through virtual live broadcast at Once on the website, click “Live Mass Streaming” from the home page. 

He will be laid to rest at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, in Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown, Md. 

Please fly our U.S. flag in memory of Tom and/or donate to a patriotic organization of your choice. Flowers given in memory of Tom are most welcome at Rose Hill Cemetery. 

Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors