Former Commissioner Floyd Bassett Jr. dies at 86

Floyd Francis Bassett Jr., 86, died at home on Burbage Road in Berlin on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. Born in Asbury Park, N.J., his parents were the late Floyd F. Bassett Sr. and Antoinette “Anne” Bassett.

Floyd F. Bassett Jr.

He was raised in Ocean City on 42nd Street, where the family lived above the Party Market general store, which they operated with the nearby Ideal Cottages.

He and his brother were the students who lived the farthest distance north of the Ocean City School, so the school’s one and only school bus picked them up — and then turned around and headed south. He graduated from the original Ocean City High School, which now serves as City Hall.

After graduation, he served for three years as a Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After leaving the Army, he enrolled at Salisbury State Teachers College, where he earned bachelors and masters degrees in Education.

In college, he met his wife, Louise “Buttons” Bassett of Box Iron in Worcester County, to whom he was married for 60 years.

He retired as a Guidance Counselor, after a 27-year teaching career in Worcester County Schools. He taught Math at both Pocomoke and Stephen Decatur high schools.

For many years, he worked as a Charter Boat Captain on his boat, The Teacher’s Pet. He loved to share his knowledge with anyone who wanted to learn. He also held a Real Estate Broker’s License and taught real estate classes.

He enjoyed duck hunting on the Bassett Farm on Newport Bay in Ironshire until he turned 80, and continued fishing through last fall. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He served as a member of the Worcester County Commissioners from 1991-1995.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Jeff Bassett of Rehoboth Beach, and David and Kathy Bassett of Snow Hill; grandchildren, Colleen, Kelsey and Kevin Bassett; a brother, Dr. Michael C. Bassett of Falls Church; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ron Bassett, in 2010.

He acquired many friends over the years, who no doubt will remember his great sense of humor as well as his “Live and let live” attitude. He lived his life to the fullest and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him, especially his grandchildren.

He donated his body to the Anatomical Board of Maryland. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Donations may be made to the Coastal Hospice Stansell House at the Ocean, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802.

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