DETROIT – Stanley James Basford Jr., 87, died Monday, March 10, 2008. He was born Dec. 1, 1920, in Pittsfield, the son of Stanley James Sr. and Hannah Mary Gould Basford. He lived in Springfield, Mass., until the age of 14, when his family returned to Maine. He graduated from Maine Central Institute in 1938, where he was a member of the track team. He married Geneva Gerry, June 20, 1941, and lived the rest of his life in Detroit. Stanley was a farmer and a woodsman most of his life. He also worked for Northeast Shoe Co., and had the snowplowing contract for the town of Detroit for a number of years. His family was the most important thing in his life, along with his love of sports and the outdoors. He lived to see his beloved Red Sox win two World Series. Stanley played baseball for the Dixmont town team in the 50s and in the 60s for the Pittsfield town team and enjoyed bowling at the Pittsfield Bowling Center, until he was 74. He was the commissioner of the Pittsfield softball team league and played in the league until he was 68 years old. Although a quiet person, he enjoyed family get-togethers and all his grandchildren and great-grand-children. He was active in the community, serving on the school board and other local committees. He was a long-time member of the Odd Fellows, Pittsfield; the Detroit and Newport Methodist churches and was instrumental in preserving the Detroit Meeting House. He was also a member of Sebasticook Valley Lodge of Elks No. 2713. He is survived by his children and spouses/friends, Joan Bradley and Lynn Oliver of Detroit, James and Penny Basford of Plymouth, Wayne and Virginia Basford of Detroit and Bruce and Susan Basford of Saco, 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife of 64 years, Geneva; his brother, Herschel; a sister, Shirlene Basford Hume; and his daughter, Patricia Basford Chambers. Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Ave., Pittsfield. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at the funeral home. A committal service will be held at Detroit Cemetery in the spring. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Detroit Meeting House, care of Joan Bradley, 25 Basford Road, Detroit, ME 04929. Arrangements are entrusted to Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Ave., Pittsfield.