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Louis M. Basile
Louis M. Basile
Surrounded by family, Lou Basile, 75, passed away on February 3, 2022. He was born in Barberton, Ohio to Irene and Frank Basile.
After graduating from Hoban High School where he met the love of his life who attended St. Mary High School and both played piano in the Hoban musicals, Lou went on to graduate VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois with a Bachelor and Master of Music Education. He received a High School Administrative Certification, 1984-1989, from The University of Akron, Kent State University and Ashland University. He taught for the Joliet Illinois Catholic Diocese, both instrumental and vocal music from 1968 to 1979. After returning to his hometown with his wife and 4 children, Lou was employed by Akron Public Schools in 1979. He also enjoyed being the Band Director, 1983-86, at St. Augustine Elementary School in Barberton. He was Band Director at Central-Hower High School 1980-87, District Music Curriculum specialist 1987-89, Unit Principal at Central-Hower High School 1989-1992 and North High School 1992-95, Asst. Principal, Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts 1995-97, eventually retiring as Unit Principal at Ellet High School 1997-2007. He continued on as a substitute teacher 2010-2017. Lou loved working with all his students and still kept in contact with former band students on Facebook.
In his retirement, “Big Lou”, as he was admiringly called by family and friends, enjoyed building doll houses for his family and caring for his many birds over the years. He loved watching Three Stooges, the original Hawaii Five-O, This Old House, and never missed a chance to view The Godfather many times over. Big Lou had a love for scotch and big, stinky cigars when he smoked in his younger years.
Lou was a devoted husband and father and loved his family. Preceded in death by his parents, Irene and Frank Basile, step-mother Edna Basile and daughter Maria Winski, he is survived by his wife of 55 years, Alice, and their children; Michael (Tracy) Basile, Jeanine (Alan) Garry, Andrea Basile and fiancé Pantelis Georgiadis; grandchildren Kevin and Louis Winski, Adam and Jacob Garry, Joseph and Aaliyah Davis; sisters-in-law Elaine (Tom ) Mancini, Jane (Ron) Cyran, Annette (Burl) Gibson and Gail (Carney) Thompson; extended family Ron (Joanne) Zumpano, Paulette (Stanley) Urycki, Linda (Dominic) Sedita, Mary Lou (Bruce) Rice; and his feathered companions Sunshine, Sky and Mimi.
The family wishes to thank Summa-Barberton staff and Summa Hospice for their care and compassion during his final days.
Calling hours will take place at Bacher-Moore Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Rd., Norton Ohio on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m. Lou’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 260 Broad Street, Wadsworth, OH. Fr. James Maloney celebrant. Interment at Mound Hill Cemetery, Seville Rd., Seville OH.
Mr. Basile was a great influence on the many staff and students at Ellet High School with his universal nice guy personality. His influence within the Ellet Community reflected day-to-day on the students, teachers, and all others he touched every day with his presence. On behalf of the Ellet High School Community of past and present, may God Bless his family during this tough time and may his influence never die out.
Ted T. - Ellet Class of 2010 Feb 12 2022 6:00 PM
My thoughts are with Lou's family. I was a teacher at Ellet and he definitely influenced many with his kind, friendly manner. He will truly be missed!
Robbyn Watkins Feb 10 2022 9:38 AM
So sad hearing this news. He was a teacher with a heart. Even with brutal heat at band camp, yelling "one more time, let's get it right this time"... And near frostbite during the Chicago St. Patty's parade, he truly had a positive impact on so many lives. He was a teacher with a heart. He will be missed by many.
Dawn M class of '84 Feb 9 2022 8:03 PM
While I was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Mr. Basile, I am grateful that I had the pleasure of meeting him, seeing him, and talking with him daily during my days as a student at Central-Hower high school. Even though I was not a member of the band, he was truly an awesome guy, so it was always good to run into him in the hallways between classes and during lunchtime. Interestingly, one of the most memorable things about him that myself (and countless other students alike) truly respected, admired and appreciated about Mr. Basile was that it did NOT matter what ethnic group you come from - white, black, latino, hispanic, asian or anything else, Mr. Basile did not see you in the form of a "color." Instead, he saw you as a fellow "human being" and nothing less while treating you as such. He may have been calm and laidback most of the time during school, but when you did manage to get him to talk, he wouldn't shut up bragging about his family. (lol). We (the students) always enjoyed listening to him because he was a very intelligent man. One who had unforgettable ways and traits that most people lack.
Rest well, Mr. Basile. And may your family find peace in knowing that you've earned your right to be in Heaven. Whether you know it or not, you left quite an impression upon the lives of many people as a result of your kind-hearted, unbiased-thinking ways. God Bless you.
An Appreciative Spirit Feb 9 2022 4:12 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Louis Basile
James Riley Feb 8 2022 12:09 PM
I taught with Lou at Ellet High. He was always a thoughtful man and his kind nature was reassuring to students and faculty. Prayers for his family and friends during this transition time....remember, the good memories of Lou will remain in your hearts forever.
Barb Baltrinic Feb 8 2022 10:47 AM
My sympathies for the loss of Lou Basile. He was a great man and helped many students. We knew him from Ellet HS
A friend Feb 8 2022 10:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Louis Basile
Kim AZ Feb 8 2022 9:58 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss. He was such a huge part of my life. I will miss him, his sense of humor, and goofball antics. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Michelle Wiley Moore Feb 8 2022 7:45 AM
Jeanine and family, My deepest condolences to you all! Big prayers for you all!
Colleen Mahan Feb 7 2022 3:51 PM