Bonnie L. Bassett

NORTH ORANGE — Funeral services were held on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange, for Bonnie L. (McShea) Bassett, 68, of Main Street, who died Dec. 29, 2015, at Heywood Hospital in Gardner. Rev. Freda Maier officiated and family and friends offered words of remembrance. Following the service, a reception was held at Bonnie and Ray’s home in North Orange. Private interment was in Tully Cemetery, Orange. Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, was honored with directing the arrangements.

NORTH ORANGE — Born in Fort Fairfield, Maine, on March 23, 1947, she was a daughter of the late Lewis and Helen (McLoughlin) McShea. Bonnie grew up in Maine, moving to Florence, Mass., after high school to continue her education. She supported herself by being a nanny. Bonnie would further her education in banking at Fairfield University, Quinsigamond Community College and Babson College Center for Executive Studies. 

Bonnie began her career at Athol Savings Bank as a teller and ended her 32-year career as a senior vice president of human resources for the bank.

Bonnie was an exuberant person and enjoyed her time with her companion Raymond Teague, her children and grandchildren. She loved traveling and she and Ray had been to Scotland, Ireland and the Caribbean islands. Nearer to home, Bonnie enjoyed time at the beach in Ogunquit, Maine, watching her grandchildren’s sporting events and antiquing with Ray.

For many years, Bonnie was involved with the Orange Revitalization Partnership, including serving as the treasurer, and was instrumental in helping with the Starry, Starry Night on New Year’s Eve in downtown Orange.

Survivors include her companion of 28 years, Raymond Teague; daughters, Jennylou and her wife Leslie, and Patty and her husband Arthur; nine grandchildren; brothers, James McShea and his wife Linda, and John McShea and his companion Tabitha; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Bonnie was predeceased by her sister, Mary, and a brother, Thomas.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, Jan. 3, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 3, at 3 p.m. at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange.

Interment in Tully Cemetery, Orange, will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Bonnie’s memory to the Bonnie McShea Bassett Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Athol Savings Bank, 444 Main St., Athol, MA 01331.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements. You may offer your sympathy online at

Athol Daily News

PO Box 1000
225 Exchange Street
Athol, MA 01331
Phone: (978) 249-3535


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