Wayne B. Bassler

June 23, 1950 - December 25, 2019
Wayne B. Bassler

Wayne B. Bassler passed away peacefully on Christmas day from a complication related to his recent illness. He was 69 years old.

Wayne was born with a comedic wit that he bestowed upon everyone he encountered including friends, family, medical professionals and strangers alike.

His father recalled a story of him often- at the young age of two, Wayne locked him out of his car in a pouring rain storm laughing as he stood with his arms stretched across the front seat while his dad darted back and forth from the dry cleaners pleading with him to unlock the doors.

He was born a jokester, a comic and a very talented craftsman who could design, build or fix just about anything.

Wayne filled his life with friends, pals and buddies who enjoyed his good-natured demeanor and friendship.

Golf became his passion in life along with playing lotto, mowing his lawn, keeping his home impeccably up-to-date with ongoing projects that he was so proud to show-off to family and friends.

Wayne will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father, and beloved brother but most of all that of proud “Poppy” to Rain, his only grandchild whom he loved and adored and who brought him so much joy and pleasure these past two years.

His legacy will live on through his wife Patty of 39 years, his daughter Katie and granddaughter Rain. He is further survived by his sister Elizabeth Fandel, in-law Thomas Fandel and many nieces and nephews and friends.

Wayne was predeceased by his parents Charles and Peggy and two brothers Chuck and Ralph.

The family will receive friends at 11:00am on Monday, January 27, 2020, at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel. A Celebration of Wayne’s Life will follow at 12:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society Wilmington North Carolina chapter 2202 Wrightsville Ave STE 111, Wilmington, NC 28403.

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  • December 27, 2019
    Julie Knowles says:
    I have no specific story to share, but I'm happy to share that spending time with Wayne was always fun! His sense of humor, his easy manner and love of friends was ever present. Whether on the golf course, or just a backyard bbq, Wayne was always the guy you wanted to hang out with. He will be sorely missed. All our love to his family.

  • December 27, 2019
    Judy Shanley says:
    My Man BFF He got me-I got him As a matter of fact, I needed to call Wayne this am to ask for advice about a home project I will miss him terribly Over the years Wayne was my go to person for advice I would be on my back trying to repair my dryer, for example, and I would have Wayne on the phone guiding me. He was sweet, patient, and also a little outrageous. Only he could say outlandish things that I would roar at-but only him. As I wrote Wayne recently, with all my tools and projects-I think I was born a man except in the bedroom Ha Ha Like I said He got me-I got him I will miss him terribly no words can express

  • December 27, 2019
    Elizabeth Fandel says:
    My fondest memories are of me as a little girl changing his tv channel while he was in bed... it got me a "hanging by my pjs on the bedroom door". I guess looking back I was always always looking for attention from Wayne. He used to tell my mom that I should be "punished for my bad behavior" like taking change from his golf ball box where he kept his tips from bar tending at Rocky-Racoons. I customized that box with his name in magic marker it said "Wains Box". He recently recalled the story when he allowed me a one-time opportunity to get an ice-cream itch his tip-money. He gave me $20 assuming I would bring him the change... but apparently I had a generous way about me and bought the neighborhood kids ice-cream on Wayne!!! Again he argued that I should be punished lol. He used to tell me if I scratched his back he would let me watch tv in the kitchen. He liked to watch the three stooges while dipping potato-chips in mustard- I liked that combo too. He was always a prankster and a loved to tease me my entire life. I was in my 20s I guess when I realized it was as my mom would always tell me "Wayne's way of showing me he loved me". I was as close to Wayne as hecwould allow- telling me most recently that I should call him but I couldn't talk so much because his hand falls asleep holding the phone. He became very proficient at texting and that is how we communicated these past few years. And while I don't remember ever telling him that I loved him I absolutely did... my whole life. I have those texts to read now and I am thankful for that. Rest peacefully Wayne. You will be missed.

  • December 27, 2019
    Judy Shanley says:
    I am distraught about losing this friend, I keep thinking of all the memories over the years-every one special and fun Like hiking and camping the Appalachian Trail and I believe Wayne said enough with the hiking so we all piled in his truck and drove around the grounds of a hospital(asylum) I was freaking out

  • December 27, 2019
    Margaret (Bushwaller) Powers says:
    No specific memories of Wayne but I am so saddened to hear of his passing. The Basslers were a huge part of my youth as we lived right behind them in Kensington. I know this is such a huge loss for his wife, daughter, granddaughter and Liz. Deepest condolences to you all at this very difficult time.