I asked for Art to bring his family a special thought today and he brought me this poem.....for you.
i carry your hearts with me(i carry them in my heart)i am never without them(anywhere i go you go,my dear family; i want no world(for beautiful family you are my world,my true) and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called eternity;which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your hearts(i carry them in my heart) and you carry mine
Don't grieve for me for now I'm free I'm following the path God laid for me. I took His hand when I heard His call. I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found peace at the close of the day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy. Perhaps my time has seemed to brief, don't lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts, and share with me God Wanted me now, He set me FREE.
Nothing Gold Can Stay / Donna Swank (Aunt Donna ) Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.
by Robert Frost
Guardian Angel / Noelle I don't think there is enough room on this website for me to tell you my thoughts on Art. For one I'm so deeply touched I was mentioned in the obituary. Even though me and Art never stuck it out, he was alway's a special place in my heart! You might think he's gone, he's not! His spirit is in my Anthony! He continues to live through his son. He will never be forgotton. Every time I look at Anthony I will see Art. He was my whole world at one time and now "Our"son is. Art I hope you will still be here for him in spirit and visit him whenever you can because you are now his official, Guardian Angel! I know you will protect him alway's!
I only wish I could have made a difference in your life, but something tells me I did. At least I was your true and only friend before you left us. I will never forget you & the most precious gift you could ever have given me! I will miss you and I'll be seeing you again. For now I'll take care of "our" Anthony the best way I can with the help of your family&mine.
I know you'll be watching over us.There is no goodbye,It's see you for now, I'll love you Alway's "Your Well"xoxo
P.S Visit me&Ant if you can I'll Be listining and watching for you! Say Hi to my daddy for me,tell him I love him too!I know he will keep you safe, (He alway's liked you")! I'm gonna miss you! Don't forget us. We are the still the family you Alway's wanted no matter what!Your alway's in our hearts.This is a horrible birthday present for me but,I know you'll watch over me.My only wish is that your at peace finally,and don't worry my vengance is only just beginning.I will make sure you lived & died for something.Don't worry Ant won't loose me too.I'm just saying your pain won't be forgotten I promise you!! Anyone that hurt you will now know What I think of them!I will alway's back you up.No one will ever forget you, I promise you that much.Please help me guide our son,any time it gets tough!I'm counting on you! Love Alway's Noelle!!!xoxox See you When I'ts time! Take Care!Be good up there!
Prince Arthur / MomMom Joanne You won me over with your dazzling smile and charming manners. I immediately named you Prince Arthur. You left behind a legacy valued at more than all the riches in the world. Our Ant. We will make sure he grows up the way we discussed last week. My heart aches for your mom,dad, sister and little son. Rest in peace Art,your labours are over. God Bless you, Joanne
This site is not only a tribute to Art but a special gift to his family and friends. Your written memories are a comfort not only to others who read them but to You to be able to express your feelings. You will find yourself coming back here over and over to read thoughts, express your own emotions, and to talk to Art through written words.
Light candles often, let family and friends comfort you and don't let bitterness overtake you. Art would want you to be happy and productive as you live out all the days of your lives. He knows how his family struggled to help him and what lucky man he was to have all of you in his life.
We will always keep Art's memory alive.
"God grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change... COURAGE to change things I can, and WISDOM to know the difference."
Unconscionable/ Rob And Sharon Rudderow
When my sister told your story I found it appalling as well as heartbreaking. To think that a young life was so desecrated by an individual alleging to represent God is unthinkable.
It is an inconceivable and tragic injustice wrought on a young life. The Catholic church hierarchy and their response to you is reprehensible. They can't know God; the Catholic church has become nothing more than a business. Although raised Catholic, I would not step foot in a Catholic church. Everyone who learns of this should think of doing likewise. It was done to a vulnerable and innocent child so adorable and full of promise. The Catholic church should be begging your forgiveness, and legislators should be listening, and if they don't, they should be voted out.
If you begin an online petition we will sign it, as should all parents. You have our support in any endeavor you seek that will bring honor to your son and a positive change.
We hope that your efforts to achieve justice for your son prevail. Close
please contact Elaine / Richie Powell (very good friend )
Dear Elaine I have been thinking about you and Arthur and would really love to hear from you sorry I lost your phone number I am living in Vero Beach Fla. now for the past 18 mo's or so and think of you often if you recieve this please get back to me id love to hear your voice . thanks Richie email or 973 652 0357 phone or text. Close
Your life and your death has left a legacy and will continue to persaude those of us so wrongfully abused and oppressed by those who'd prefer destroying a child rather than saving one. I promise you that! The Catholic Church and Father Newman will be punished. I will make sure of that or I'll die trying. You haven't died in me. I just met your folks and they're awfully good people and I will see to it that you and they are NEVER forgotten. You have my word! Shine on Baselice Family... Shine on!
The Catholic Church / Stephen LaPenta (fellow police officer to his dad )
As a parent who has also loss his 25 years old son and only child I know the pain and suffering that you and your family are experiencing. I just read your story and I am appalled by the actions of the church. Unfortunately there are too many stories like yours. I can not help but follow the accounts of priest abuse here - throughout America as well as abroad. Ireland is in crisis with the pedophile scandal that the church and priests have created as well as Italy Spain in fact most of Europe and even Australia. To date the Catholic Church has paid out 400 Billion dollars in settlements (don't believe it - look it up it's true) and the church paid this money in many incidents to silence their accusers and critics. A question: read the accounts of the disgusting conduct of those involved in positions of high authority within the church who tacitly endorsed this perversion to continue and ask yourself this if you read these stories independently of your knowledge of (our) church - what would you think of the religious organization the allows this to happen? My and my wife’s hearts go out to you and your family for your suffering at the hands of the Catholic Church. As a recovering Catholic we too are trying to re-establish our belief in God which was destroyed by the Catholic Church.
I am so disgusted... / Angela Stolz (just someone who cares... )Read >>
I am so disgusted... / Angela Stolz (just someone who cares... )
I am so very sorry for your loss. This should never have happened. I read the story about your wonderful son and it breaks my heart. It makes me literally sick to my stomach that that man who did this to Arthur will continue to live...that is so wrong! He is nothing but a dirty pig who needs to be locked up for the rest of his miserable life.
Arthur sounds like a wonderful person who through NO fault of his own was abused by a pervert who cared nothing but for himself. He wrecked an entire family for his own sick selfish needs. Arthur even though I never knew him would have probably grown to be a great person. If he was anything like the rest of his family which I believe he was...he would have been someone to be very proud of. I'm sure you were. It was not his fault for the problems he had. He was fighting internal demons brought on by that monster.
I don't understand why that monster can get away with destroying a family.....What is wrong with the laws that allow them to get away with that disgusting behavior. He as far as I am concerned murdered Arthur. He murdered his soul his happiness and took away his right to live a happy life.
Again my deepest sympathies to the family. I will alway's keep Arthur in my thoughts.
Hi.I'm Bianca Vance, You Don't Know Me But From The Stories & All i Can Tell You Were Someone Nice=)Well I Am The Student Of Someone Very Close To You & i Just Want To Say Thank You. Thank You For Keeping Her Strong & Letting Her Know Your Still Beside Her Through it All. She Mentions Of You Quite Alot Of Times. You Must've Been Great, im Saddend We Couldnt Have Met,But It Seems As If i Already Met You,Everyone Speaks So Highly Of You....Its Like You Never Left! But Anyway...i Just Wanted To Let You Know i Appreciate You & i Hope Your Family Gets Justice.Please Continue To Look Over Her(ms.katie mc) && Keep Her Positive She'll Need It As The Years Extend.Thank You; Close
I worked with you many years ago at Frozen Foods (90's) . I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. I stoll remember "the good ole days" atthe store & always enjoyed the days Artie had off from school & would come in work with us. He was a great kid & always made me laugh. It was especilly fun when Joe Pat & Artie worked together. I am so sorry & horrified by the incidences leading up to his death. Your website is a beautiful tribute to a young man whose life was cut way to short. Take care & know you & your family are in my prayers.
AUNT ELAINE, UNCLE ARTIE & ASHLEIGH I JUST LOVE U GUYS SO VERY MUCH! I TRULY DONT KNOW WHAT I WOULD DO W/O U ALL IN MY LIFE! U ARE ALL SO VERY SPECIAL TO ME! I KNOW, BECAUSE I'D SEEN IT, THAT SINCE ARTHURS PASSING, U'S R LETTING THE DAYS OF LIVING LIFE PASS U BY. IT BREAKS MY HEART TREMENDOUSLY! I DONT KNOW WHAT ITS LIKE 2 LOOSE A CHILD FOR I HAVE NO CHILDREN! UR PAIN IS FELT THO ,WITH EVERY BREATH I TAKE EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY! I AM CONSTANTLY PRAYING FOR SOME KIND OF PEACE IN THESE TERRIBLE TIMES FOR ALL OF U! I AM AWARE THAT THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITHOUT OUR ARTHUR HERE AND THERE IS NOTHING THAT COULD EVER REPLACE HIM. FOR GOD TRULY BROKE HIS CODE OF NOBODY BEING PERFECT WHEN HE GAVE ARTHUR TO US! ARTHUR WAS JUST THAT...PERFECT! HE WAS SO SMART, FUNNY, HANDSOME, RESPECTFUL, WITTY, LOVING, ENERGETIC & EXTREMELY EASY TO TALK TO! I COULD GO ON & ON ABOUT HOW WONDERFUL HE WAS & IS! BUT THATS ALL THANKS TO THE THREE OF U! THANK U SO MUCH FOR LETTING ME SHARE SO MANY WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF HIM WITH U ALL! KEEP UR HEADS HELD HIGH BECAUSE THATS EXACTLY WHAT HE WOULD WANT FOR U! THERE WILL BE A TIME WHEN WE ALL SHALL SEE HIM AGAIN! I RESPECT U GUYS SO MUCH FOR ALL THAT U R DOING TO MAKE SURE HIS MEMORIES ARE AS MUCH ALIVE AS WE CAN REMEMBER! CONTINUE THE FIGHT FOR HIS RIGHTS! WHEN JUSTICE IS SERVED THERE WILL BE A SLIGHT SENSE OF RELIEF BELIEVE ME! HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN...EVER! I LOVE U'S WITH ALL MY HEART & SOUL...LOVE NIKKI
"SHREDDIN IT UP W/ ANT" / Nikki Mckegney (loving cousin )Read >>
"SHREDDIN IT UP W/ ANT" / Nikki Mckegney (loving cousin )
I had the pleasure of spending time with ur son, Anthony over the Christmas holidays of 2008. My God how much that kid reminds me of u!!! He's 12 going on 30! The things that would come outta his mouth really made me do a double take because i swear he's just like u! The way he walks, talks, eats & breathes is u to a tee. He has ur sense of humor also, seriously! He cracks me up! His undying love for sports is also all too familiar! He'll take u up on any challenge from sports to a simple board game like "Sorry!" He got a beautiful brand new b-ball net from ur parents & ash that took 4 of us to put up. Once finally assembled, He & I shot hoops in the freezen cold for hours. I was about to turn into an icecube but wasnt about to turn in for the nite. He also got this crazy thing called a "Shred Sled" thats similiar to skateboarding but way crazier. No assembly required & when i tell u the thing is tricky & difficult u better believe it! Not 4 Ant tho...he opened the box, pulled out the shredder & took off immediately DOWN UR DRIVEWAY! Piece a cake rite? WRONG! Ash & I both tried it. She said no way & i couldn't get off of holding on 2 the garage doors, the b-ball post, or Ant's hand!! Love a challenge tho so i just had 2 conquer what Anthony made look like cake work! Finally let go, took off down ur driveway, made it about 10 feet, then fell flat on my elbow & tailbone!!!LOL!! I was laughing so hard Ant didnt know if i was laughing or crying. When he realized i was really hurt he came over 2 lend me a, much needed, hand getting back on my feet. I told ur mom that thing should come with serious body armour 4 protection. I dont know how Ant did it but he makes it look so easy! He's definitely his fathers son by the way he picks rite up on things. Anyway i had a great time with him those few days! Felt like old times!! He's a great kid Art! U & Noelle were blessed w/him! We all are blessed! Love him like crazy!! Smooches n tons of hugs! Muah! Close
FIGHTING FOR OUR RIGHTS / NIKKI MCKEGNEY (LOVING COUSIN )Read >>
FIGHTING FOR OUR RIGHTS / NIKKI MCKEGNEY (LOVING COUSIN )
HERE I AM AGAIN ARTHUR! SORRY BUT I RAN OUTA ROOM ON MY 1ST PAGE. HONESTLY I COULD GO ON & ON THINKING OF U & TYPING TILL MY FINGERTIPS LOOSE THEIR PRINTS. IM SO SORRY THAT IT HAS TAKEN ME SO LONG TO WRITE TO U BUT I HAD TO GET MYSELF TOGETHER & CLEAR MY HEAD OF ALL MY DEMONS BEFORE I COULD COMPLETELY & PURELY GIVE MYSELF TO U! U KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT EVEN THO WE NEVER DISCUSSED THE DETAILS, WE BOTH JUST KNEW THAT WE, TOGETHER, WERE GOING THRO SO MANY OF THE SAME EMOTIONS OF MANY HEARTACHES, PAINS & VERY SIMILIAR PROBLEMS THAT FOLLOW A CHILD THAT HAD FALLEN VICTIM TO SEXUAL ABUSE. IT IS BECAUSE OF U THAT I CAN CLEARLY SAY THAT OUT LOUD FOR EVERYONE TO HEAR & I THANK U ENDLESSLY FOR SHARING UR STRENGTH WITH ME IN ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES OF MY LIFE...PUTTING MY OFFENDER TO JUSTICE!! I FINALLY FINISHED SOMETHING! I FELT U WITH ME EVERY STEP OF THE WAY THRO THIS PAST YEAR & A HALF! ITS PEOPLE LIKE US ART THAT CAN MAYBE STOP THIS "THING" DEAD IN ITS TRACKS SO THAT NOT ONE MORE CHILDS LIFE IS OVERCOME BY SOMEONE WHO CAN NOT CONTROL "THEIR" EVIL "URGES" THAT HAVE SO GREATLY OVERCOME "THEIR" RATIONAL WAY OF THINKING! MY GOD ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ALREADY! THE WORDS OF VICTIMS IS NOW SPREADING @ SUCH A RAPID PACE THAT IM PRAYING THAT ALL THOSE PREDATORS WILL RETHINK WHAT IS MORALLY RIGHT AND WHAT IS JUST PLAIN WRONG! IM THINKING STRONGLY ABOUT WORKING WITH THE ADVOCACY CENTER FOR CHILDREN OF ABUSE & MAKING MANY CHANGES IN ALL LAWS CONNECTED TO SEXUAL ABUSE. I WILL ALSO BE ON TOP OF MAKING SURE MY OFFENDER, MY FATHER, KEEPS HIS HANDS TO HIMSELF FROM NOW ON...I AM NO LONGER AFFRAID! MEGANS LAW IS SUCH A WONDERFUL THING! NEWMANS NEXT! ITS TIME 4 ARTHURS LAW!!!!!!!! Close
"SIMPLE MAN" / Nikki Mckegney (cousin)
My sweetest Arthur, my favorite cousin, including Ashleigh of course, I honestly don't know how it came to this, communicating w/u thro a keyboard!!!! I cant stop going, repeatedly, thro my mind over & over with all of the "What If's." But I keep telling myself to focus on the "What Now's!!" What is it that we all now have to do to see that U WILL have justice prevail over all of those demons that u held inside for so very long? As long as i shall live, i will never forget my mother pulling me into her bedroom 2 tell me that she had terrible news & she didnt want me finding out any other way. Thats when she handed me the front page newspaper with ur face on it! The headline was horrible!!! I came to see u at ur house that very nite because i knew u were going to need love & support! As a man, coming forward, with such personal things & an extremely touchy subject, U had the face & held the stance of a LION! U were so BRAVE & COURAGOUS with something that so many other people would prefer to put aside, sweep under a rug, keep inside, take it to the grave, & just "LET IT GO!!!!!" Ur honesty was so powerful!!! Im so glad that u finally released what kind of man that NEWMAN truly IS!!! Then taking it to the utmost level of public awareness, U made many appearances, along with ur loving & deeply devoted parents Aunt Elaine & Uncle Artie, across local & national news channels w/ the same composure I've always known u to have, that of a LION!!! U were not to be silenced anymore & it was then that I truly felt u ROAR! Thank U!!!!! A million times THANK U!! What now has to be done, to keep ur voice and story alive, will be done!! U have so many wonderful people surrounding u! WE SHALL FIGHT LIKE THE PHILLES ARTHUR! SOAR LIKE AN EAGLE, ROAR LIKE A LION, ALL OF R TEARS R FOR U THAT R CRYING! I WILL LOVE U FOR NOW, FOR ALWAYS & FOREVER...NIKKI! A MILLION SMOOCHES & HUGS!!! MUAH!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX Close
Always Loving and Thinking of You Arthur / Suzanne &. Tommy McKegney (cousin)Read >>
Always Loving and Thinking of You Arthur / Suzanne &. Tommy McKegney (cousin)
Arthur, I think about you all the time, and I hope you realized how brave you were. I can't imagine all the pain that your mom, dad, and ashleigh are going through, but I know that you have been and will always continue to show yourself to them in your own little way to tell them that you are there with them. I truly hope that with time and the love that they have for you in their hearts' they can start to heal. Now that I have a child of my own i especially can't imagine loosing her, and I just want aunt Elaine and Uncle Art to know how strong we think you are. I don't think I have ever seen 2 children as loved and as badly wanted as you and ashleigh were. Not only are you a gift to you your parents, but you were Chosen. How lucky and magical your love for each other is. The greatest gift you left your family is your son whose love and laughter will always be a testament to your life and legacy. Aunt Elaine, Uncle Art and Ashleigh- You truly DO have a Best Friend Forever in Arthur and an angel on oyur shoulder! Our love and thoughts are with you all EVERY single day. xoxo suzi tommy and alaina
My thoughts are with you / David Drayton (acquaintance)Read >>
My thoughts are with you / David Drayton (acquaintance)
Mr. and Mrs. Baselice, I have recently learned of your lose and truely feel for you and your family. I worked at the mall when Art was working at Macy's. Althought I didn't know your son very well, we did hang out a few times and bumped into each other here and there. My prayers are with your family. I am glad Art's pain is now gone and he no longer suffers and I hope the pain brought upon your family soon heals. Close
Friend of Arthur's ( Alpha house) / Dana Miller (childhood friend )Read >>
Friend of Arthur's ( Alpha house) / Dana Miller (childhood friend )
Mr. Mrs. Baselice I hope this note finds you both as well as you can be. It's Dana Miller, Arthur's friend from Alpha House. I know it has been many, many years since I have seen Arthur, but I remember being in Alpha house's Christmas show together...happy times. My mom showed me the pictures she sent you (we were pretty cute!) & told me about Arthur's web site. I was terribly sorry to hear about what Arthur had suffered & his passing. I have been spending a lot of time reading about the abuse, that so many have suffered & how the church has attempted to cover it up. It is appalling...an absolute disgrace. I can't get it off my mind. No one should have to endure what Arthur did. He must have been a very strong man to come forward. I can't imagine the courage that must of taken. I am happy to hear that Neuman is being indicted. I am praying that he suffers & rots in hell for causing Arthur & your family sso much pain & heartache. Although nothing can change the past, I hope that your family gets some long overdue justice.
Holding you in my thoughts & prayers, Dana Miller-Heron Close