John (Jack) Anthony Basic passed away peacefully on March 15, in the company of dear friends.

Jack, who was 99 years old, lived a rich and full life. He enjoyed theater, books, classical music, and, most of all, people. He liked to say he lived 95 years in the same house. He walked from his North Portland home to Mass at Holy Redeemer Church and rode TriMet everywhere. His deep faith sustained him throughout his life.

Jack was born in Portland on July 26, 1922, the son of Matija and John Basich. He changed his name to Basic as an adult. He remained active in the Croatian community, sometimes attending Croatian Mass at St. Stanislaus Church. He traveled to Croatia, where he visited relatives, in the 1970s.

He served in the Army during World War II and attended the University of Portland and Columbia University’s Teachers College, where he earned a master’s degree in speech therapy in 1958. He worked as a speech therapist.

Jack, who never married, was known for his many lasting friendships. He became well known in his neighborhood and was the beloved “Mayor” at his local New Sea-sons store that he visited almost daily in his later years.

A funeral Mass was held March 23 at Holy Redeemer Church, Portland.

Remembrances: Holy Redeemer Catholic Church or Catholic School, Portland; or Sacred Heart Maronite Monastery in Castle Rock, Washington.