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Neighborhood remembers Keith Basinski, beloved UPS driver

  • Blog Post by: Eric Roper
  • March 15, 2013 - 1:27 PM
Shortly after Keith Basinski's death Sept. 27, 2012, a neighbor in the area where he had worked for 29 years built this memorial.

By Matt McKinney

Keith Basinski has been dead and gone for several months now, but the memory of the beloved UPS deliveryman who was slain by a deranged gunman in the Accent Signage shootings lives on in the neighborhoods where he worked for 29 years.

His customers in Bryn Mawr and Harrison knew him as someone who would stop to talk, making friends along the route he had for 29 years. Next week, on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m., they share their memories of Basinski in an 8-minute mini-documentary film.

Its first public viewing at the Harrison Recreation Center at 503 Irving Av. N. will be followed by remembrances from neighbors and a reception.

Filmmaker Deacon Warner said the idea for the mini-doc came from a neighbor of his. An ad in the local Bryan Mawr Bugle helped spread the word, and soon people were coming forward to share their Basinski stories with Deacon.

Person after person had stories about Basinski, and the owner of the local Bryn Mawr market talked about an impropmtu memorial that came to life on a bench in front of the store as neighbors left cards, flowers and momentos in Basinski’s memory shortly after the Sept. 27 shootings.

“It’s all for Keith,” said Deacon. “He knew that many people in the neighborhood.”

The film and reception are open to the public. 

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