Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on August 21, 2011
A Prayer Service will be held at 3:30P.M. on Wednesday
August 24, 2011 in the Ormond Beach Chapel of Lohman Funeral Homes.
The Family will be receiving friends at the Funeral Home from 2 til 4
P.M. on Wednesday, August 24, 2011. A Funeral Mass will be held at St.
Brendan Catholic Church at a later date.
Burial will be held at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL also
at a later date.
Joseph was born March 9, 1928 in Jersey City to Mary and Charles Bastan.
After graduating high school in 1947, he was scouted by Mel Logan of the
New York Giants and signed to the Mid Atlantic Team in Erie, PA. He went
to the Panama Canal Zone to pitch for the "Pilots". He then
came back to the states and went to Sanford, Florida for spring training
for the Mid Atlantic League and then to the Coastal Plain League. He loved
He was drafted into the Army in 1950 and was stationed in Germany. After
his discharge in 1952, he met Sophie Mikalow. They were married in 1953
and raised four children, Mary Joann, Joseph Alfred, James and John Charles.
In 1956, he joined the Jersey City Fire Department and started at Fire
Engine 9 before going to Salvage I which later became Rescue I. As a Captain
in 1966, he was awarded the Jersey City Kiwanis Award as Fireman of the
Year for saving the life of a six year old. He retired as Deputy Chief
after 33 years of Service.
He was a member of St. Brendan Roman Catholic Church, the Fr. Eamon Gill
Knights of Columbus #13018 as a 3rd Degree Knight, the Jersey City Fire
Dept. FMBA, the American Legion Post #348 in Bricktown, NJ, St. Brendan
Men's Club, AARP #1057 (since 1990) where he assisted Sophie with the
Tours for members for more than 11 years. He loved traveling everywhere
and the Big Band Music.
He is survived by his wife Sophie of 57 years; daughter, Mary Joann; sons,
James (Bonnie) and John (Joy); grandchildren, Heather Elizabeth (Gadi)
Attar, William James (Lisa), Heather Lee and John Joseph Bastan; great-grandchildren,
Zachery, Naomi and Evan Attar, and Makayla Bastan; brother, Robert (Nancy)
Bastan; sisters-in-law, Marie Bastan and Ann Conant; and many loving nieces
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Charles, son, Joseph
A., sister, Winifred, and brothers, William and Charles.
Memorial Donations may be made in his memory to Halifax Health Hospice
Care, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129 or to KAP Kelly Autism
Program, Bowling Green, KY.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lohmanfuneral homes.com.
Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home Ormond.