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The Life of Charles Leland Bassett

Charles Leland Bassett November 12, 1937 - October 05, 2020

BASSETT, Charles Leland (Lee), ofMidlothian, Va., passed away peacefullywith family at hisside on Monday,October 5, 2020. Hewas 82 years old. Leewas a loving and generous husband, father and grandfather. He issurvived by his wife of 57 years, Becky; theirthree children, Todd Bassett(Robin) of Richmond,JeffreyBassett(Kate Hershey) of Richmond and Julie Bassett Thompson (Scott) of Atlanta; as well as eight grandchildren, Kate White (Stephen), Henry and JackBassett, Madison and Cole Bassett and Bennett, Grant and RebeccaThompson. Leewas born and raised in Prospect Park, Pa., and graduated PhiBetaKappa fromDukeUniversity in 1959with a degree inmechanical engineering. Hewent on to earn his MBAfromUNC-Chapel Hill in 1964, during which time hemet andmarried his wife, Becky, whowas a nursing student at Watts Hospital inDurham, N.C. He and Becky latersettled in Richmond. In 1972, Lee started his own business, Fi-Tech, Inc., amanufacturer’srepresentative and industrial distribution company. He dedicated over 30 yearsto growing the business, expanding into Mexico and leading numerous acquisitions ofmanufacturersin theUnited Kingdom, extending Fi-Tech’s globalfootprint. Leewas a hard-working, determined and loyal businessmanwho builtlasting friendships withmany of his principals and customers, as well as his employees. While he demanded much fromhis employees, hewas dedicated to themin return, withmany ofthemhaving worked at Fi-Tech fortheirwhole careers. Above all, it brought himgreatjoy to have histhree children involved in the business with him. In addition to running his business, Leewas active in the community,serving on the Board atJohn Tyler CommunityCollege formany years as ViceChairman and Chairman. He also served asthe Board Chairman of RegencyBank and subsequently on the Board ofMainStreet Bank. Hewas a devotedDuke Basketballfan andwas actively involved atDuke inmany volunteercapacities. He received the Pratt School of Engineering’s Distinguished Service Award and theCharles A. Dukes Award forOutstanding Volunteer Service toDuke. Lee had received severalscholarships during his time as a student, and he neverforgotthis generosity to him. Leewas an avid traveler, having traveled to allseven continents, and hewas always up for a new adventure. He cherished the trips he tookwith friends and family, especially themany family trips he and Becky tookwith theirchildren and grandchildren. He loved knowing that he had passed on this adventurousspirit and hislove oftravelto them. Lee’stravels also led to a passion forcollecting wine.One ofthe thingsthat brought himthemostjoywassimply enjoying a great bottle ofwine with friends and family. Lee also had a strong interestin animalwelfare and a love of animals, especially cats. He adopted many catsthroughout hislife. Through hissupport and guidance, he led numerousinitiatives at Richmond Animal League, including a programto reduce the cost ofcat adoptions, as well as enhancementsto the cat habitatwithin the RAL shelter. The familywill be holding a private service. Theywish to thank Lee’smany caregivers atthe Pearl at Watkins Centre, as well as Tish, Verdell, Carol and especiallyRhonda, for hertendercare and generouslove for Lee. In lieu of flowers, donationsmay bemade to the Richmond Animal League, 11401 InternationalDrive, Richmond, Va. 23236, RAL.org or a charity of yourchoice

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