Rev. Father John E. Basil

rev. father john basil

September 30, 1935 ~ July 20, 2018

Basil, Rev. Fr. John Ernest of Whiting, N.J., passed away peacefully on July 20, 2018, surrounded by loved ones. Born in Ramsey, N.J. on Sept. 30, 1935, Fr. Basil was ordained a Catholic priest on May 26, 1962 after graduating from Seton Hall University in South Orange and continuing his studies at the Immaculate Conception Seminary earning a Masters of Divinity degree. During his 56-year ministry as a Roman Catholic Priest, he served in all 4 counties of the Archdiocese of Newark. He served as a parochial vicar, chaplain or administrator at nearly a dozen New Jersey Roman Catholic parishes, including St. Michael Parish in Palisades Park, St. Anne Parish in Jersey City and St. Luke Parish in Ho-Ho-Kus (the parish of his high school alma mater). He was a chaplain at St. Barnabas Hospital and Holy Name Hospital. In the latter part of his ministry, he continued to regularly celebrate Mass at various parishes in Ocean County. His most cherished parish was St. Mary of the Pines. Known for his warmth and generous spirit, Fr. Basil is predeceased by parents Samuel and Helen (Gadino) Basil, and older brother Samuel William Basil. Survivors include younger brother Ronald (Lore) Basil of Allendale, N.J., nephew John (Sarah) Basil, of Whitefish Bay, WI, and nieces Jeanne (Andrew) Spiro, of Portsmouth, R.I. , Aimee (Andrew) Basa, of Wyckoff, N.J. and Danielle (Michael) Long, of Wauwatosa, WI, as well as his cherished grandnephews Ethan Spiro, Noal Basil, Sam Basa, Charlie Basa, Teddy Basa and Griffin Long and grandnieces Abby Spiro, Megan Basil and Devin Long. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Several Sources Shelter, Mary’s Place by the Sea, Villa Marie Claire and Ken’s Kitchen of St. Mary of the Pines Parish. All are invited to the visitation at St. Mary of the Pines Church, 100 Bishop Lane, Manahawkin, NJ on Thursday, July 26th, 3:00 – 7:00 PM, with a Vigil Mass beginning at 7:00 PM. The celebration of his Funeral Mass will be on Friday, July 27th, at St. Mary of the Pines Church at 11:00 AM. His interment will take place on Saturday July 28th at Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah, NJ at 10:30 AM. For condolences, or information call (201) 944-0100 or


Mass: July 27, 2018 11:00 am

St. Mary Of The Pines
100 Bishopp Lane
Manahawkin, NJ 08731

Visitation at St Mary of the Pines: July 26, 2018 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

St Mary of the Pines RCC
100 Bishop Lane
Manahawken, NJ 08050

Interment: July 28, 2018 10:30 am

Maryrest Cemetery
909 Darlington Avenue
Mahwah, NJ 07430

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  1. Sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one. Please be assured of Gods love for you and your loved one according to Revelation 21:4,5.

  2. When my husband and I were married 55 years ago at St. Michael's Church, Fr. Basil
    "minded the store" while Msgr. Duffy, Fr. Brennan, & Fr. Reilly performed the ceremony and he renewed our vows 50 years later.
    He renewed my parent's vows on their 50th anniversary as well.
    My prayers are with him and my husband who passed away in February. May they find peace with Our Lord.

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