William (Bill) Christopher Basdekis was proud to be known as “Greek”, friend to all, Dad, Pops and Grandpa. He passed on February 8, 2021. The Greek worked 32 years for General Electric in Schenectady, New York and Houston, TX. He “retired” and never rested in 2007 at which time he began spending summers in Michigan.
He lived his life on his own terms. Including planning a trip to Greece in just a few weeks, showing up in Michigan days early and working until the last week of December. He loved all games involving a ball and created many bonds around his love of the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys. He loved his apartment dark and his car FREEZING!
First and foremost, he loved his family fiercely. He enjoyed time together over good food. He loved time on the sidelines, stands and bleachers watching his teams and especially his grandkids. He sometimes liked to be a kid and enjoyed bumper boats at Michigan Adventurers. We are grateful nothing was left unsaid and our mutual love was spoken and felt deeply.
He was born July 24, 1949 in Patras, Greece and adopted into a loving family in New York. His fond childhood memories of his father, Christopher, and mother, Flora were often shared and centered around family gatherings, food and sports. His fond memories of New Hampshire is why he asked to rest there beside his parents, and brother, George. His sister Christine (Welch) also preceded him in death.
He is survived by his son, Nicholas (Peggy), daughter, Denise (Mark), grandsons, Jonathan, Caleb, Micah, and Jacob. friends he considered family, cousins, brother in law Ken Welch, nephews, Jeffrey and Stephan Welch, and niece, Megghan Welch. His pride, joy and stubborn tenacity will live on in them.
The family is planning a celebration in Houston around opening day of baseball in April and then a graveside service in Penacook for July.
In honor of Bill, donations can be made to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to support adoptions and family services.
Donations can also be mailed to:
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Attention: Office of Development
8 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075