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Manolo A. Basa

Dr. Manolo A. Basa, age 78, of West Henrietta, NY peacefully joined our heavenly Father on June 12, 2024 surrounded by family and friends. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and colleague.

Manolo was born on February 6, 1946, in Davao City, Philippines, to Nilo Castro Basa, Sr. and Elisa Villaflor Atañgan Basa. He dedicated his life to healing others, even proclaiming that doing so was his first love.

Manolo earned his Bachelor of Science in Pre-Med from The University of Santo Tomas in 1964 then continued his education at the same university, earning his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1969. He had his Post-Graduate Internship in the same year at Quezon Institute for Tuberculosis.

Manolo took and passed the Philippine Licensure Examination in 1970. In that same year, on July 4, married Ma. Victoria Bustamante in Manila and worked as a physician at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Santa Mesa, Manila in the Philippines.

In 1971, Manolo immigrated to the United States with his wife and three-month-old daughter, Maita, to begin a rotating internship in Minneapolis, Minnesota at St. Barnabas Hospital from 1971-1972.

His medical career then took the family to Maryland in 1972-1973 for his Urology Residency training at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.

From 1973-1977, Manolo began another residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA for the General Surgical program for which he was chosen to become the Chief Resident. During this time, he passed the FLEX Examination for Medical Licensure for the State of Pennsylvania.

His career would then take the family to New York State where he was granted Medical Licensure by the New York State Board of Medicine. He was employed as an Emergency Room Physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, NY from 1977-1980.

He was recruited in 1980 by Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Bath, NY to perform General Surgery and established a private practice in Hammondsport, NY as a Family Practitioner.

After he closed his practice, he served U.S. Veterans at the Bath VA Medical Center as a surgical consultant, and later as an Emergency Room /Urgent Care Physician and Hospitalist.

Manolo enjoyed numerous hobbies including deep sea fishing, tennis, boating, cars, and camping. He was also an avid sports fan, dedicated to the New York Knicks, the Buffalo Bills, Filipino boxer, Manny Pacquaio, and never missed an opportunity to tune into all the major tennis tournaments, whether viewing it on TV or live in person. Music brought Manolo much joy, from singing and playing guitar and piano to listening to his favorite artists such as the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, the Ventures and George Benson. His guitar and piano playing abilities enabled him to perform favorites from these artists live at various events, even forming a band called the Filipino Beach Bums composed of family members and close friends with Manolo fronting the band as lead guitarist. He even wrote and performed his own music.

Manolo’s faith was also very precious to him and he spent much of his time dedicated to serving the Bukas Loob Sa Diyos charismatic Catholic community in various roles. He was an integral part of the teaching ministry and praise ministry of BLD Rochester, bringing many to a deeper connection with the Catholic faith and love for God.

Manolo is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ma. Victoria Basa, and 4 children, Maita (Gerard) de la Fuente, Mayette, Mylee (Leo) Dondiz, Joel (Lori) Basa and grandchildren Krista, Jonathan, Elisa, Alexandra, and Christian. Manolo is also survived by his siblings Delia Basa Lim, Danilo A. Basa, Leonilo A. Basa, Petronilo A. Basa, Nilo A. Basa, Jr., and Rosanna A. Basa, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members. Manolo is predeceased by his father Nilo Castro Basa, Sr., mother Elisa Villaflor Atañgan Basa, and Erlinda Basa Cirineo.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 17, 2024 from 6-9 PM at Miller Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., 3325 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14623.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 10AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 601 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618 and will be streamed live at this link: https://www.youtube.com/@OLQPSTM/streams

Entombment to follow at Ascension Garden Cemetery, Henrietta, NY.

In remembrance, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to the National Psoriasis Foundation for research in memory of Dr. Manolo A. Basa at: https://www.psoriasis.org/donate-to-research/

Manolo had been actively helping this organization with research to find a cure so your generosity is greatly appreciated.

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