Edward George Bashara
Oct. 5, 1925 - Feb. 5, 2018
Edward George Bashara, 92, of Waco, died on Monday, February 5, 2018 at St. Catherine Center in Waco.
A reception will held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 9, in the Parish Hall at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 515 Columbus Avenue, in Waco. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with The Rev. Raymond Joe Waldon officiating. A private interment for the family will be held after the service.
Ed was born October 5, 1925, in Waco, to Adele and George F. Bashara. He attended Waco schools and was a clarinetist in the band programs, as well as leading the band at North Junior High as drum major. Upon graduation from Waco High School, he attended Texas A&M University before being drafted into the Army during World War II. After serving his country with an honorable discharge, he attended Baylor University.
He assisted his father in the contracting and construction business, being involved with the building of their own home, and many commercial projects, among which included work for the new Lake Waco Dam at that time.
After many years in the construction business, in February of 1954 he joined Texas Life Insurance Company, a locally owned independent agency in the insurance industry. Throughout his career, Ed received numerous honors recognizing his accomplishments during his over 50 years with the company.
Ed married Mary Anne Nalley July 5, 1952 at Austin Avenue Methodist Church in Waco. Their union was blessed by the birth of their two sons Edward Greg and Gary Wayne. He was very proud and grateful for his family and was a loving husband and father, and took great pride in watching his family grow.
On July 5, 2017, Ed and Mary Anne celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. He was also so very proud of his two granddaughters, Meagan Elizabeth and Lauren Adele, as he watched them grow into the beautiful and talented young women they are today.
Ed enjoyed boating and playing golf with his many friends at Ridgewood Country Club, and along with Mary Anne going to numerous dances, forging life-long relationships with many wonderful friends. Ed was an enthusiastic spectator of golf, baseball and football, being an avid supporter of Baylor athletics for many years. He was a Master Mason, a member of Karen Shrine, and a life-long member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Adele and George F. Bashara; his sister, Vivian Weisberg; his brother, George Bashara; and his son, Gary Wayne Bashara.
Ed is survived by his wife, Mary Anne Nalley Bashara; son, Greg Bashara; daughter-in-law, Mary Elizabeth Horne Bashara; daughters, Meagan Elizabeth and Lauren Adele; niece, Brenda Bashara Kanuch and husband, Tom, of Dallas; nephew, Doug Bashara of Colorado; nephew, Mick Weisberg of Dallas; nephew, Dick Weisberg and wife, Lynn, of Issaquah, WA; nephew, Mark Nalley and wife, Karen, and son, Mark Alan of Belton; niece, Suzanne Nalley Merritt and husband, Nelson, of Houston and son, Christopher and wife, Courtney, son, Hunter, and daughter, Skylar of Rogers; and son, Brice and wife, Dominique and daughter, Naomi of Riverside, CA.
The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to St. Catherine Center for their care.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, St. Paul's Day School of Waco or to Shriner's Children Hospital.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Nalley, Mark Alan Nalley, Dick Weisberg, Mick Weisberg, Tom Kanuch, Nelson Merritt, Christopher Merritt and Brice Merritt.
Thoughts and memories may be shared at www.LakeShoreFH.com.