Basser has always been a positive man, despite the tragedy in his life. His mother died when he was four, and his sister died four years later. His father had to place him in an orphanage. Basser went on to serve in WWII and the Korean war. He was married to his wife, Pearl, for 65 years; the pair had four children, 14 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
One of his daughters died of ovarian cancer at 44 and just last year, Phil’s beloved wife died. He’s since moved from his birthplace and home in Philadelphia to his daughter’s home in New York. He was quoted in Philadelphia’s “Voice” as saying, “One look at my life… see the hurdles and tragedy. These were all devastating, but I choose to wake up each and every day seeing the best that life has to offer.”
Josh adds that his granddad still “lives every day with happiness,” and shares his love of the Eagles. “Win or lose, it is something that I can share with my grandpa,” he said. “There are times that I wish that I could remain as composed and even-keeled as he does during the games, but I imagine when he was much younger he might have yelled at the TV too.”
We can lament over Tom Brady’s mistakes and over the amazing performance of the Eagles’ QB Nick Foles; the ho-hum halftime show by Justin Timberlake or the spine-tingling rendition of the national anthem by badass vocalist Pink, but there’s one thing we can all agree on: Everyone could use a fan like Phil Basser. Our hats are off to you.
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