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    Just got notice from his widow he died Sept 28

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milacron View Post
    Just got notice from hair widow he died Sept 28 ��
    Obit Please ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by digger doug View Post
    Obit Please ?
    Requested from his widow just now

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    He was a local guy here in Balt-Wash DC area.

    Obituary for Norton Leigh Bassett, Jr. | Donaldson Funeral Home, P. A. (Laurel)

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    Leigh was born April 15, 1946 to Norton Leigh Bassett, Sr. and Louise Reiser Bassett. Raised in Danvers, IL, he attended University High School in Normal, IL and enlisted in the Army after graduation. In 1967, he married Sue Remsburg of Normal, IL. She survives.
    Leigh trained at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA and spent nearly all of his Army career at Ft. Meade, MD. After leaving the Army, he worked for Motorola and then as a hardware and software consulting engineer until retiring in 2001.
    Leigh's interests included ham radio, computers and electronics, photography, archaeology, antique radios, stamp collecting, languages, and Mayan hieroglyphic translations. He was fond of animals and rescued many homeless cats.
    Memorial donations may be made to:

    • The Nature Conservancy

    The Nature Conservancy

    • Last Chance Animal Rescue

    Cat and Dog Rescue Serving D.C., Maryland and Virginia / Last Chance Animal Rescue

    • Rock Creek Cats

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    • Project Liberty Ship

    S.S. JOHN W. BROWN

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milacron View Post
    Just got notice from his widow he died Sept 28
    I'm very sorry to hear that. We didn't always agree but I both liked and respected him.

    We exchanged emails from time to time and I'm glad to have known him.

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    Thank you for letting us know, I last spoke with him on the forum in June.

    Charles

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    There are no words. This news just plain sucks.
    Feisty at points, easy at other times, there can be no doubt the world is lesser with his loss.
    An incredible amount of knowledge and brain power now lost to all.
    Bob

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    His posts were always a treat, definitely a knowledgeable fellow. Maybe him and JR are up there shooting the shit.

    RIP.

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    He was a bit different, but he was for sure 'real'. Goodbye Mr. Bassett, rest easy.

    Stuart

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    Goodbye Leigh, rest in peace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morsetaper2 View Post
    He was a local guy here in Balt-Wash DC area.

    Obituary for Norton Leigh Bassett, Jr. | Donaldson Funeral Home, P. A. (Laurel)

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    Leigh was born April 15, 1946 to Norton Leigh Bassett, Sr. and Louise Reiser Bassett. Raised in Danvers, IL, he attended University High School in Normal, IL and enlisted in the Army after graduation. In 1967, he married Sue Remsburg of Normal, IL. She survives.
    Leigh trained at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA and spent nearly all of his Army career at Ft. Meade, MD. After leaving the Army, he worked for Motorola and then as a hardware and software consulting engineer until retiring in 2001.
    Leigh's interests included ham radio, computers and electronics, photography, archaeology, antique radios, stamp collecting, languages, and Mayan hieroglyphic translations. He was fond of animals and rescued many homeless cats.
    Memorial donations may be made to:


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    Sad news for sure
    Text of second obit here:
    DANVERS — Former Danvers resident Norton Leigh Bassett Jr. of Laurel, Md., passed away Saturday (Sept. 28, 2019) in Columbia, Md.

    He was born April 15, 1946, to Norton Leigh Bassett Sr. and Louise Reiser Bassett. He attended Danvers grade schools and graduated from University High School, Normal, in 1964. In 1967, he married Sue Remsburg of Normal. She survives.

    A ham radio operator since his early teens, Leigh's call sign when he lived in Illinois was WA9DQX.

    After graduating from high school, Leigh joined the Army Security Agency and trained as a linguist. He was assigned to Fort Meade, Md., for the remainder of his Army career. He then worked as a hardware and software consulting engineer for many years, completing numerous government and civilian projects, including the shipboard communications system for the (now decommissioned) USS John F. Kennedy and the guidance system for the first successful Pegasus rocket launch.

    In addition to ham radio, Leigh was interested in photography, computers and electronics, antique radios, stamp collecting, archaeology, languages and Mayan calendrical calculations.

    Memorial donations may be made to the National Park Foundation, National Park Foundation | The Official Charitable Partner of the National Park Service, or Project Liberty Ship, S.S. JOHN W. BROWN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morsetaper2 View Post
    Leigh trained at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA and spent nearly all of his Army career at Ft. Meade, MD.
    I had no idea he was a cryptologic linguist. I was in USAFSS (later ESC) rather than ASA, but did very similar work while I was in service.

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    Default The real Leigh

    So sorry to hear that news, he was a stalwart of this forum, knowledgeable, always polite and lived up to his name as the real thing. RIP Leigh.

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    More today from his widow Sue below....
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    His health was declining, but we thought he had more time. Then things went downhill quite rapidly. He really enjoyed being part of the on-line community, especially as he became less physically able.

    Leigh basically considered himself to be a machinist at heart, even though he spent much of his career in the software engineering side of things. He was a smart, multi-talented guy, and I am grateful for the 52 years of marriage that we had together.

    You may also post my email address.

    [email protected]

    Leigh had some machinery, including a Bridgeport mill, that he described as old, but "good, usable gear". It is in a rented building, so I will have to get rid of it. I would like it to go to somebody who would use it. Is there anybody in the Baltimore-DC area that would be interested?



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