Nov. 13, 1917 – Jan. 10, 2013
Millson M. Bassett Jr., a retired banker, died Jan. 10 in his Town of Tonawanda home. He was 95.
Known as “Duke,” Mr. Bassett was born in Buffalo and was a 1936 graduate of Lafayette High School. He went to work for Prudential Insurance Co. before enlisting in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He received a commission and served in the Pacific Theater until 1946.
Upon completing active duty, Mr. Bassett joined the Air Force Reserves, where he was the deputy reserve coordinator of the New York Wing Civil Air Patrol. While a reservist, he was awarded a commendation medal in 1971; he retired from the reserves as a colonel in 1977.
Mr. Bassett returned to work at Prudential after the war, then later began his career at Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company. He worked there more than 40 years, becoming a vice president and senior appraisal officer.
A former treasurer of Mortgage Bankers Association of Western New York, Mr. Bassett retired from M&T in 1998.
During his career, Mr. Bassett earned Member of Appraisal Institute [MAI] accreditation. He also taught classes in commercial and residential appraisal at the University at Buffalo and Bryant & Stratton.
Mr. Bassett had a fondness for Packard and, later, Buick convertibles, and prided himself on the care and upkeep of his vehicles. He also was known as someone who made it his job to know if people around him needed help, and his willingness to provide help.
He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, where he served as an usher and a member of the vestry.
His first wife, the former Elizabeth M. Noonan, died in 1949. Survivors include his second wife, the former Shirley Desing, to whom he was married 62 years; a daughter, Pamela; and a son, Richard.
No services are scheduled.