David was born and raised in Melrose, graduated from Malden Catholic High School, Class of 1950, and lived in Melrose most of his life before moving to Winchester in 1984. Mr. Bassler lived in Winchester from 1984 to 2010 and the past four years in West Brookfield.
David served his country with pride in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his discharge from the service, Mr. Bassler joined the elevator union and worked in elevator construction for Westinghouse Elevators for 50 years. He was an extremely hard worker throughout his entire life, always enjoyed working around his yard and cleaning his pool.
David was a former Pop Warner football coach in Melrose, a member of the VFW in Malden, was a former altar boy at St. Mary Church in Melrose and in his younger years enjoyed water skiing.
Mr. Bassler went to all his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sporting events, enjoyed spending summers down on Cape Cod and loved the Christmas holiday season.
He was the husband of the late Carolyn (LaBombard) Bassler and the late Rosemarie (Ryan) Bassler. He was the loving father of David A. Bassler Jr. of Boston, Trudy White of Woburn and her former husband Barry White of Reading, Jane M. Bassler Early and her longtime companion Mark Rider of West Brookfield, Scott C. Bassler of California and Linda A. DeJordy of Vermont. He was the stepfather of Laurie LaBombard of Wakefield. He was the grandfather of Nicole and Tyler Strout, Dana Bassler, Danielle White, Erica Westerman, Ashley Miller, Kayla DeJordy, the late Randy DeJordy, Dylan DeJordy, Lauren Vara and Taylor Downey. He is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours were held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St., Melrose on Sunday, Dec. 21, from 2 to 6 p.m. followed by a funeral service on Monday, Dec. 22, at 11 a.m.
Burial in Calvary Cemetery in Winchester.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Research Association, 480 Pleasant St. Watertown MA 02472. To send a message of condolence please visit www.gatelyfh.com.