Robert Gordon (Gordie) Bassett died on Feb. 2, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He was 55.

Gordon was living in Baltimore, and was in the process of fulfilling his dream of moving to the Island permanently to live with his sister, Leslie Frizzell, and her partner, Larry Kiely, of Oak Bluffs.

Gordon was born in Taunton to Robert and Anita Bassett. He was the stepson of Stuart Parker and uncle of Josh Potter and Emma Frizzell. His mother, Anita Parker, predeceased him.

A rite and celebration of his gifts and life will be held at a date to be announced. A full obituary will appear in a later edition of the Gazette.