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Flavian Basciani, a mushroom industry pioneer who was a founder of Basciani Mushroom Farms in Avondale, PA, died May 11 at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE. He was 82 years old and had resided in Kennett Square, PA, which is adjacent to Avondale.

Mr. Basciani served in the U.S. military in Italy during World War II before returning home to start Basciani Mushroom Farms with his brothers Emidio Basciani Jr. and Mario (Chuff) Basciani, according to Michael Basciani, vice president of the firm, who is Mario Basciani's son.

The Basciani brothers' father, Emidio Basciani Sr., started growing mushrooms in Avondale in 1925. The brothers expanded that business. According to a statement released by the firm, "Over the years, Flavian has helped to develop many of the techniques still used in mushroom growing today."

The statement continued, "Flavian continued to consult with the third and fourth generation of the Basciani mushroom-growing family up until the very end of his dynamic life, which was filled with the love and respect of his family and many friends. He will surely be missed."

Mr. Basciani is survived by his wife, Ann Basciani; his children, Steve Basciani, Kim Basciani and Jill Echevarria; a brother, Mario Basciani; a sister, Rose DeFabio; and his grandchildren, Jane and Suzanne Chalet, Bella and Mark Echevarria, and Nina Tennent.