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Beautiful tribute to a wonderful man

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate the life and memories of my husband Frank Basso. The celebration of life for Frank could not have occurred on a more beautiful day in the Cove. Everything and everyone came together harmoniously and it was an amazingly beautiful tribute for a man who loved riding, great food, great music, and spending time with his friends and family.

The brotherhood of the bikers who rode into the Cove was inspiring and it was a special treat to hear them pull up to the event, to see their smiles, and to share all their wonderful stories. It was so very comforting and healing for myself and my family to celebrate his life together.

There are so many people to thank for pulling this event together and I apologize in advance if anyone’s contribution was inadvertently not mentioned below. Just know that our gratitude is still there in our hearts for everyone who helped make it possible and who celebrated with us that day. Ted Hollis for the memorial. Bob and Julie Lyons coordinated the bikers, the tee-shirts, the setup, and most of the food. Harley Jim donated the tri-tip, Vicky Jones cooked the pulled pork. Greg Pfau donated the oysters. Red Ted Blair barbecued to everyone’s enjoyment and thanks to all who helped shuck the oysters. The Peg House donated the oyster sauce and despite our efforts, they wouldn’t divulge their recipe. The gals made so many different delicious salads and Bobbie Godwin kept everyone up to date on KMUD. Bettye Etter helped set up and brought the beautiful flowers and the band F.O.G. played fantastic sets overlooking the ocean almost continuously until the sun went down for all of us to enjoy. What a great group of guys, Ray Bevitori, Don Sack, Bill Malinowski, Greg Montgomery, and Scottie. Thanks guys; you were great! Gene Persall sat in for a session and we all were moved by the music. The twenty-one gun salute was a special honor. Thanks Mike and Tom Pie, Hank Toborg, John Kulpa, Bruce Phelps, Harley Jim, our son Gabriel Basso and Gene Womack who played “Taps.”

We are so proud of our community and our friends and we hope you all know in your hearts how much Frank loved the Cove and our extended SoHum family. He was inspired by this special place from the moment he came here and the friends we made along the way have only made it more special.

In the early evening we gathered at the Community Center Clubhouse for delicious desserts which the Pioneer Ladies provided with coffee, beer and wine. Then our daughter, Amy Di Maggio, shared a breathtaking DVD she created to honor her father with a collection of videos, pictures, and music. The video made us laugh and cry and at the same time appreciate the dedicated man who worked hard for his beloved family and cherished this special community.

Again, I am so proud of my family, my community, and my friends and we want to ensure you all know that we are honored and touched by all of the heartfelt support.

Thank you and bless you all.

Ride on, Frank. Ride the stars.

Fran Basso, Shelter Cove

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