This article is based upon the eulogy I gave at the funeral of Oscar Bastiani Jr. June 16, 2023.
He could not participate in our Knights of Columbus work sessions, but he was there to help with the annual fund raising raffles. He even conducted a survey of our knights. Furthermore, he would call every knight, reminding them of our next meeting. There were a time or two he would have to put up with a gruff, "Don't bother me".
In this photo Oscar is with his son, Mike and Brittany Spaniel bird dog, Zeke. After graduating from St. Vincent Prep School in Latrobe, PA and Ohio University, he was a supervisor at the Goodyear chemical plant across the river before starting up his own construction business.
St. Mother Teresa relied on such redemptive suffering for the astounding success of her order, matching a sick invalid person (other person) with each one of her active nuns all over the world to offer up his/her sufferings for the work of each nun.
In that way Oscar was as effective for the Church or more so in his old age than when he was a vigorous young man. In his day; he was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Oscar Bastiani enjoyed hunting and fishing in his spare time. The photo on the right shows a young Oscar after a hunt with the wild turkey he bagged.
We love you, Oscar and we’ll miss you. Thank you for all that you have done for us. Good-bye until we’re all together again in eternity for a glorious reunion. Let’s make sure that we all get there.