Edward B Bass, 95, of Watertown

Edward B Bass, 95, of Watertown

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Edward B Bass, 95 went home to be with his Lord at 5:15 pm January 5th surrounded by the love of his family and the presence of his two daughters and eldest grandson. 

Ed (Eddie) was born in Toronto, Ohio, to Edward Bavis Bass and Lura D. Tufts December 12, 1922, the youngest of three children.  He graduated from Cadiz High School in 1940.  After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Ed joined the United States Marine Corps and left home February 2, 1942.  He joined the Regimental Weapons Company 5th Marines 1st Division in Melbourne, Australia.  He saw action against the Japanese in the South Pacific Islands including New Guinea, New Britain, Peleliu, and Okinawa.  Ed was on Okinawa when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.  He returned to the US after 29 months in the South Pacific and was honorably discharged in 1946. 

Eddie came to the Watertown area to be near the girl (Muriel) who had defended his mustache to his relatives at his grandmother's funeral.  Muriel and Eddie's fathers were best friends growing up in Watertown.   Ed joined the IBEW Local 910 in 1947 and worked throughout the North Country on large construction jobs as a master electrician.  He was the Local 910 president for 5 years and retired in 1985. 

Ed married the love of his life Muriel J Mc Clement on September 6th, 1948.  Over the years they enjoyed bowling, boating and golf together.  Ed also enjoyed days out at the Galloo Islands fishing and did some hunting and skiing in his younger years.  Mostly he's remembered for being a super hard worker and a fun and friendly guy.  Eddie would always be at Muriel's store on Wednesday evenings so she could bowl in her women's league.  Ed was also very active over the years helping with whatever was needed at Trinity and St Paul's Episcopal churches and for the last 6 years he's been an active communicant at Christ the King Anglican church. 

Ed is survived by his older sister, Helen Bass-Smith who will be 101 January 22.  He also leaves his two daughters Renée B Bittner and Marceline Bass-Terpstra.  Renée's family, husband Calvin, son Andrew and wife Julie Bittner, his four kids Cassie, Isaac, Alyssa and Jacob; daughter Heather and Bill Brothers, their two girls Claire and Abby, and daughter Anja and Jason Vaughn and kids Kari, her son Ethan, Jalyn, Hailey and Noah.  Ed's youngest daughter Marceline Bass-Terpstra's family Don Terpstra and their two kids Dominique and her partner Eddy and Harry and his fiancé Caitlin. 

Ed was predeceased by his son Harry who died in a car accident in 1972, his wife of 63 years Muriel in October of 2011 and his brother William J (Jack) in 1990.

The funeral will be held at Reed and Benoit Funeral Home, 632 State Street, Watertown on January 13th at 2 pm.  It will be followed by a reception at the Banquet Room at the Comfort Inn, 110 Commerce Street just off Arsenal Street, Watertown from 3-5 pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Christ the King Anglican Church, 129 N. Rutland Street, Watertown, NY 13601. 

Online condolences may be made at www.reedbenoit.com.

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