Charles William "Bill" Basore Sr., 78, of 15927 Hosta Drive, Hagerstown, Md., passed away Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown. He resided at 18 Avalon Ave. for more than 30 years.
Born July 5, 1933, in Fairplay, Md., he was the son of the late William Ernest and Mable Viola (May) Basore.
He was the husband of Gloria Dean (Gower) Basore, his wife of 59 years. They were married Jan. 23, 1952.
Mr. Basore was a retired truck driver. He worked for Smith Transfer, Charlton Brothers, Halls, Hemingway and other trucking companies. He was president of Teamsters Local 992 for eight years, from 1982 to 1990, until his retirement. He was past president of Western Enterprise Auxiliary. He also enjoyed calling and playing bingo at Western Enterprise and Bingo Island, for more than 30 years.
In his younger years, he was well-known for being one of the best fast-pitch softball pitchers in the local area for many years. He was also the manager of Firefighters in the local PONY League. He enjoyed all sports, especially golf, bowling, football and baseball. He was a longtime fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Boston Red Sox.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria Dean (Gower) Basore, and his seven children, Cindy Miller and her husband, Bobby, Pam Riner and her husband, Rob, Charles "Chuck" Basore Jr. and his wife, Brenda, Lori Benner and her husband, Dave, John Basore and his wife, Cindy, Dana Schuhly and her husband, Ernie, and Julie Basore. He had 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He also is survived by two sisters, Wanda Toms and Barbara (Showe) Scott. He also will be missed by his dog, Gracie.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Dorothy Kunkleman, Thelma "Jean" Basore and Joan Gower.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Robert Crider will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. Prayers will be recited by the Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Jaskot.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Western Enterprise Fire Hall, 526 Washington Square, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
Online condolences are accepted at www.minnichfh.com.