David “Hap” A. Bassett was a 76-year-old man who died on Friday, April 7, 2023, at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts. He had been suffering from pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease that causes scarring and damage to the lung tissue. This article will explore his life, family, and the condition that took his life.
A Life of Service and Adventure
David Bassett was born on June 6, 1946, in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of the late Arthur and Mary Bassett. He grew up in Billerica, Massachusetts, where he attended Billerica Memorial High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, and later worked as a firefighter for the Billerica Fire Department for 32 years. He retired in 2003 as a lieutenant.
David was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting, camping, and boating. He also enjoyed traveling, especially to Alaska, where he visited several times. He was a member of the Billerica Lodge of Elks, the Billerica Rod and Gun Club, and the American Legion. He was known for his sense of humor, his generosity, and his love for his family and friends.
A Loving Family and a Devoted Friend
David Bassett is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia (McCarthy) Bassett, his three children, David Bassett Jr. and his wife Lisa of Billerica, MA, Michael Bassett and his wife Jennifer of Chelmsford, MA, and Kelly Bassett of Billerica, MA, his six grandchildren, David III, Ryan, Tyler, Kaitlyn, Michael Jr., and Matthew, his brother, Robert Bassett and his wife Barbara of Billerica, MA, his sister, Mary Ellen Bassett of Billerica, MA, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Arthur Bassett Jr.
David was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle who cherished his family and supported them in everything they did. He was also a loyal friend who was always there to lend a hand or a shoulder. He had a large circle of friends who shared his passion for life and adventure. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A Courageous Battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis
Pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic and progressive lung disease that causes scarring and damage to the lung tissue, making it hard to breathe.the cause of pulmonary fibrosis is unknown in most cases, but some possible factors include exposure to environmental pollutants, certain medications, infections, autoimmune diseases, and genetics. There is no cure for pulmonary fibrosis, and the treatment options are limited to managing the symptoms and slowing down the progression of the disease.
David Bassett was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in 2019, and he fought the disease with courage and dignity. He underwent a lung transplant in 2020, which gave him a new lease on life. He was grateful for the gift of organ donation and the care he received from the doctors and nurses at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Holy Family Hospital. He also participated in a clinical trial for a new drug that aimed to improve the survival and quality of life of pulmonary fibrosis patients.
David Bassett passed away peacefully on Friday, April 7, 2023, at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, surrounded by his loving family. His funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at the Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home, followed by a burial at the Fox Hill Cemetery in Billerica, MA.
A Legacy of Love and Inspiration
David Bassett was a man who lived a full and meaningful life. He was a veteran, a firefighter, an outdoorsman, a traveler, a friend, and a family man. He was a man who faced his challenges with strength and optimism. He was a man who inspired others with his kindness and generosity. He was a man who left a legacy of love and inspiration for his family and friends. He will be remembered for his smile, his laugh, and his spirit.