Tomorrow will mark 2 years that Eddie Basha has left.Miss hearing your voice over the intercom,miss seeing your big smile on tv,newspapers and most of all in person.RIP,deeply missed and never forgotten.
I'm so sorry to hear that EDDIE BASHA has died
We will all miss EDDIE; He touched so many of our lives .
It was one year ago today that you left. I miss your funny jokes,your laugh,humor and most of all the kind help you gave to so many.Missed BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN.
Dear Basha Family,
I have so many wonderful memories of Eddie. I first met Eddie while I was teaching in Chandler at Denver Elementary School (now San Marcos Elem) with Nadine. Eddie was on the Chandler School Board. He was always interested in helping others and working together to create a better community and state for ALL who lived there. Eddie was genuine, compassionate and generous. He was a blessing to everyone who knew him. My first year teaching, my 3rd graders wrote letters to Santa. One girl asked Santa for a bed that she and her sister could sleep on, as they were currently sleeping on the floor. I asked Eddie if there was a merchant in Chandler who would fulfill this wish. He immediately called a local furniture store, purchased a bunk bed and had it delivered from Santa on Christmas Eve. He wanted no recognition but rather was just happy to get the girls a bed in which to sleep. There are thousands of us who have wonderful memories of Eddie's compassion and actions to make life a little better for others. I'm saddened for our loss and for your family's great loss. May you all find comfort in the outpouring of love from all of us who were touched in one way or another by Eddie's compassion and generosity. Peace and blessings be with you all.
Christine Pennington Anderson
An Arizona treasure to be remembered
I am very sorry for your loss. May your memories comfort you during this difficult time.
Rest In Peace Mr. Basha. The Basha Family will be in my thoughts & prayers during your time of grieving.
I'll always be grateful for Eddie Basha, both as a person and as a leader of Chandler Unified School's board. As per a suggestion in the Tucson Daily Star letters to the editor I bought groceries at Bashas and donated them to our local food bank in his memory. Mary Wilson, retired librarian, Erie Elementary
God bless your family in this trying time. Eddie Basha. You are Arizona. you have made one of the biggest impacts on this state and you will ALWAYS be missed, but not forgotten.
Eddie Basha- what a wonderful man, so in touch with AZ community, a man who saw good in all mankind. GOD bless you always!!!
To the entire Basha Family -
May God be with you in this time of such great loss. Eddie was a dear friend from the third grade up he was even my best man when I go married in 1958. He has been such a gift to the state of Arizona and all his friends. I know of nothing Eddie would not do for you if you were in need. The High School Reunions he put on for the CHS classes of 54-55- & 56 gave us all a chance to keep in touch with not only Eddie but all our high school friends. Memories of Eddie will remain with me for life. I will miss those crazy phone calls. He truly was the very BEST and Arizona will never be able to replace him and neither will his friends. I am so glad he was a big part of my life growing up and he will be missed by all of us.
Go in peace Eddie we all loved you.
Eddie was a one of a kind person with a rare zest for a life of helping others. The way he talked to you always made you feel as if you were the most important person in the room, even when you knew you absolutely were not. He seemed as interested in knowing how my business was as he did with talking to someone he just met about their experience in one of his stores, or an elected official relating to some very important legislation. I deeply admire Eddie for his continual desire to innovate - in his business and in public policy. Eddie we will all miss you so much. Az is such a better place for having you here.
Sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this time of sorrow.
God Bless you Eddie. May you rest in peace. Thankyou for being you.
May God Bless you on your journey Eddie. You have been an inspiration to my whole family as we all worked for you and take the time to honor all you have done for all of us. May God bless you and your family, continued guidance for all. Renee McKimmons, Jessica Troutt, Sara, Janice.
To Eddie's family. I want you to know I always admired Eddie. He was a very special classmate. I know how much he cared about education, and as a teacher, I always appreciated that fact. I felt blessed to come to the High School reunions that he sponsored at the Basha headquarters. He made sure we were well fed and had the opportunity to "catch up" with all the classmates who came and get information about those who couldn't come. He will be sorely missed. Our reunions will not be the same without him. I had the privilege of being on the Chandler H.S. football team with him. He was always supportive of the other players and certainly a good center. Blessings to his family during this time of loss. You are remembered in our prayers.
To the wonderful Basha family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss. My dad, Ollie Ferrante, worked for the Basha family for 29 years. I have fond memories of Eddie and the entire organization. He treated everyone with kindness. May God bless you with warm memories, peace and comfort.
Nobody will be missed more than Eddie Basha. He was a treasure in every way.
Our deepest condolences to all the Basha family and friends.
Thank you Eddie for all your contributions and loyalty will greatly be missed gone but, will never be forgotten rest in peace!
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 65:2.
old,grocery men never die we just fade away.may you rest in peace.my wife and I will pray for your family.May god bless them always.
A quietly remarkable man who understood the value of hard work; an enterprising spirit,who inspired those who knew him, as a friend and business associate. His legacy will remain for generations, his generosity for a lifetime.
Eddie Basha helped me have a better life. You gave me one of my 1st jobs and work I did and liked it for 9 years. Store #7 on Scottsdale rd and Indian School, the cowboy store was my 1 position as carry out boy, meeting interesting people. It taught me to be punctual as well as creative. Placing seasonal decore was a joy. Winning bagging contests, store Christmas contest. I rode my bike & delivered groceries to Scottsdale High & picked oranges from arcadia districk to see in store. I taught new carry outs their duties.
Mr. Basha helped me get a job in the Scottsdale school district that last 31 years. Still living in Arcadia district I think of the wonderfule memories.
thank you Mr. Basha & God bless you and your family.
Michael Lambert, Railroad Hobbiest
Please see the message from my husband Ambassador Robert "Bob" Fannin.
Dr. Lisa Fannin
As the praise for Eddie Basha has poured in I keep hearing of things he did for so many others similar to what he did for my father, former Governor and U. S. Senator Paul Fannin, and our family. When my mother passed away Eddie called me and said he wanted to provide the food and beverage for the reception after her funeral and he did so. He did the same thing for the reception after my father's funeral. There are so many others that he helped in this context but I will never forget what he did in connection with the funeral of former Governor Jack Williams. He used his personal airplane to fly a close friend of Governor Williams from out of state to Phoenix to attend the funeral. The friend was a former governor of another state. If that was not enough, when I was helping with seating at the funeral I asked one of the ushers to escort Eddie to one of the front rows of the church. Eddie refused politely and sat in the last row. I am almost certain that he provided the food and beverage at that funeral as well. It did not matter to Eddie that my father and Jack Williams were Republicans and Eddie was a Democrat.
As an active Republican, including serving as Chairman of the State Republican Party for three and one-half years, I observed that Eddie supported the candidates that he thought were the best for the state and not necessarily for any particular party or any special interests. As an example, when my father ran for U S Senate Eddie was a member and a leader of a campaign committee known as "Democrats for Paul Fannin for U.S Senate". When Eddie and my father were honored as "Historymakers" at a dinner sponsored by the Arizona Historical Society I spoke on behalf of my father and said how honored my father was to be receiving the award at the same time as Eddie and that he was proud of Eddie supporting him in the campaign for Senate. As an indication of how much Eddie liked my father, the next morning a beautiful copper sculpture was delivered to my office with a note from Eddie thanking me for my remarks about him the previous evening.
As Chairman of The Arizona Republican Party and in other capacities I have tried to get people involved in the political system. So often these people would turn me down. Eddie did not shy away from involvement in the political system or in support of many causes which he thought worthwhile.
He was one of a kind.
P. Robert "Bob" Fannin
U. S. Ambassador (Retired)
Rest in peace Eddie Basha, our whole family worked for you and we thank you for all you have done.
We at LandCorp share in your loss. It was widely, and quietly, known that Eddie Basha was a friend to all.
What I have found to be the most amazing accomplishment is how he was, and remains, the best roll model I could ask for.
sentimosmucho ke EDDIE HASAHA se nos fue,fue un patron onesto,y un hombre de cararcte a el legustaba todo bien hecho,te recordamos patron EDDIE BASHA,SENTIMOSMUCHO FAMILIA.
I remember meeting Eddie Basha at the old Bashas in Tri-City Mall he was a very nice man. He has always been an Icon in the valley of the sun helping out those in need. "We do have a friend" in the Basha family! Thank you for all the good memories.
I would like to send my condolences to the Basha Family. He was a great inspiration to me and my family, whom all work at Bashas'. My heartfelt thoughts & prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. May your memories comfort you and bring peace to your heavy hearts. All my Love, Melonnie
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Basha family. My family and I would not be here if it was not for the kindness and love Mr. Basha showed us. At one time my ENTIRE family worked for Mr. Basha and are very grateful for everything he did for us.
Thank you for setting the standard high in compassion and love for family and all around you. We shopped your stores and knew you were a good employer by the way your employees acted. You reached out to everyone, and will be remembered always. We send prayers to all the family and to the friends and associates who knew him more than we did. You were one of a kind. Thank you for all you did!
Eddie Basha commissioned a study many years ago on restoring ethics to the curriculum of Arizona schools. In the early 90's, as a state legislator, I called friends and supporters around the valley to chip in a thousand here or a thousand there to get this report out off the shelf and into action.
Eddie stopped in my office and I told him about my efforts. He looked at me, and with tears said, "Ben, you're really doing that? You should have called me. They need money? I could give them the money." Enjoy your new home, Eddie. We all miss you.
I, too, honor all that Eddie Basha stood for and did. He was a business mentor and advocate for all childrenand families. It was a privledge to call him "friend".
With love to all the family~
I am taller than Eddie Basha, but I always looked up to him. I got to know him in many ways, and yet not as well as many others. But I do know these things: His compassion for his fellow man and generosity is hardly matched; his heart, so big. His love for Arizona, undeniable. His focus on family, unfailing. His leadership, unparalleled. His understanding of the importance of education for our citizens and the need for reforms, unquestionable. To Nadine and the family, my heartfelt prayers, thoughts, and sincerest wishes for you to be able to bask in the glory of Eddie's memory, ergo his legacy. For all of the rest of us, Eddie is an Arizona icon we should never forget. At the Pearly Gates I know Eddie will be His designated "chubby grocer" greeter, and I look forward to hearing his greeting, "Hey, brother, how are you?" Gracias a dios para nuestro hermano. Vaya con dios, Eddie!! And tell Chapa 'Hola!"
There are few men of honor whose actions in life were always bigger than their words. Eddie Basha was one of those few. Rest now my friend.
My heart and prayers, are shared with Eddie's family and to all those lives he touched daily. He will forever be remembered and missed.
Our deepest sympathies to Nadine, Michael, Edward, and other family members on the passing of Eddie Basha a truly great humanitarian and Philanthropist. He was a very special and supportive personal friend for over 20 years as well as a very significant contributor to supporting our advances in discovery of new anticancer drugs by my cancer research group in the ASU Cancer Research Institute.Eddie will be deeply missed by all of us.
George (Bob) Pettit, Regents Professor ASU, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry
We already miss Eddie Basha at St. Andrew the Apostle.Fr.Joe would remind us, "you think you are too busy?Eddie Basha teaches RE here." Eddie led by example and not by taking over but by doing what he could himself.AZ is truely a better place because of his efforts and energy and his love.
My thoughts and prayers are with Eddie's family. May the love and life lessons Eddie gave you comfort and sustain you in the years to come. I, too, will miss him.
Nadine and Family, I'm so very sorry you lost Eddie. He was such a good man and I loved him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I just heard the news today and I am saddened. One of the best starts of my school year was when Eddie Basha made an opening presentation For the Flagstaff School District. What a great proponent of education! The only thing I regret about him is that he didn't become our governor. He had the right stuff in his heart. My condolences to his family and such a loss.
Eddie Basha has been a part of my life since I can remember. My dad, Dr.C.L. Harkins was on the AZ State Board of Education with Eddie. My husband & I are members of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1978, & spent many art shows with him. We were fortunate to have him purchase several bronze sculptures & honored to have them on display at the Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery. Our lives would never have been so richly filled with western art friends if we had not met Eddie. He had so many facets to his life, & he shared them all with the people of Arizona. We have memories of Eddies pranks & jokes he played on us & many others, that brings laughter & joy to our hearts. Though he is gone from us physically, Eddie will live on in our hearts, our minds & our lives as we pay it forward to others as he taught us to do by his graious, generous & fully lived life. Thank you God for lending Eddie Basha to all of us in Arizona for these years. See you again soon in Heaven Eddie. We can almost see you & Joe Beeler, John Clymer, Jim Reynolds, Grand Speed, Fritz White, James Boren, Johnnie Hampton & so many of the other Cowboy Artists sitting around a campfire having a drink & talking art. God's speed my friend.
I have recently moved from the Valley, but know what a wonderful man Mr. Basha was. Prayers and condolences to the Basha family. I know the community will also miss this great business man, leader, and family man.
I never got to meet you but , your daughters family i knew in chandler . Carter played with my son amd mary .Your son delivered my daughter i can tell from your family you had to ba a good man . I want to say to your loved ones I'm sorry and they are in my prayers.
Que Dios te Bendiga Gran amigo. Eddie has been an inspiration to my family and community. At times, we had different perspectives but their was always respect. He represented what a true human being, a true American, a true Arizonan should be. We should all be grateful for the legacy he has left us. He is a prime example of a well rounded Arizonan is, a pure honest man. Que Dios te bendiga gran Amigo. Ofelia Canez Marin Family.
I had the sincere pleasure of working for the Basha family years ago. I was saddened to hear the news of Mr. Basha's passing, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Basha family.
I offer my sincere condolences. Take comfort in knowing that God cares for you and invites you to look to him for comfort. (1 Peter 5:6,7)
I'm sending this message for Ron Paffumi, retired Produce Manager from A. J. Bayless Markets. Ron always told me what a nice man Eddie was. Our daughter, Lesley Paffumi Peterson has been with Basha's Credit Union for several years and appreciated/appreciates the treatment received by the Basha's family of employees. May you rest in peace! Ron Paffumi, Lesley Paffumi Peterson, Tim Paffumi and Janice Paffumi Armbruster.
My condolences to the family.
Thanks for super ting the school children.
I was a PE teacher and tired of transporting large equipment, so I asked Eddie if I could have a couple of old grocery carts.
Right before Christmas, delivered to my school came three brand
carts from Eddie.
That was the type of a man he was..always generous
Rest in peace, Eddie.
Eddie Basha: A great businessman, community leader and a truly generous person. Thank you for all you did for the people of Arizona. Our thoughts, love and condolences go out to Trey, LeAnn, the grand chidren and other members of the Basha family. We are thinking of you.
good bless the eddie basha family.
As President of the Arizona Grocers Association I had the pleasure of working with and for Eddie. He and I differed on one issue... "who had the title of the chubby grocer."
He reflected the best of the human race.
Thank you to the Basha family for sharing him with us.
Our prayers are with the Basha family. We moved to AZ 20+ years ago with three kids and very little to our name. We lived across the street from Bashas in Tempe. Eddie was always there to great us. My children were in elementary and would wait after school at Bashas for me to get off work. Eddie was my baby sitter when I couldn't afford one. My kids were safe and given a snack 2-3 days a week. The whole staff looked forward to them coming. Thank you Eddie Rest in Peace.
While I didn't personally know Eddie, I often shopped at his store in Peoria. I was so glad when he moved to the northwest valley. And while I was aware of a lot of his philanthropy, I learned so much more in the days since his death.
Eddie reminds me of the late Abe Baker, a local grocer in Omaha, NE, my hometown. Abe would often push the grocery carts of customers.
Eddie you will be sorely missed. You were a gentleman and a "mensch," the Yiddish word for good guy.
Eddie Basha embodied everything good about Arizona and his prescence will be sorely missed.RIP Mr. Basha.
I will always remember him as that high school friend with whom I shared laughter and adventures as we made memories that would last over sixty years. My thoughts are of his family and my prayers are with them.
I will never forget Eddie and the Basha family. When my dad passed away 4 years ago (I was a Basha member at the time) my friend had food sent to my home for the open house after the funeral. Eddie had approved this so I wanted to thank him personally. Eddie was in the cafe at work putting together his salad at the salad bar. I walked up to him and said "Eddie, I would like to thank you for donating food for my dads funeral". His response "What darlin'?" and I told him my dad was the apple of my eye and when he passed away Bashas' was so kind to donate food. He walked away from fixing his salad and said "come, sit here". He chatted with me and in that conversation went on to say he was giving a eulogy for one of his best friends funerals. He said "Can you believe...they gave me a time limit?! Who does that?!" There are many stories I have. What a kind and generous soul. His funeral would be a month long if we could all tell our wonderful stories of him!!!! Rest in Peace Eddie. God Bless You.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Basha family. What a blessing Eddie was to the Arizona community! His good work continues in heaven and is an inspiration to those of us to follow in his legacy here on earth. God bless all of you during this time of loss!
You've been such a dear friend of the family my entire life. I can't believe you're gone. Thank you, Eddie, for all you've meant and done for all of us -- your family, friends, employees, and every grateful Arizonan. As my mother said, "Eddie was Chandler's favorite son."
If we could all aspire to be the humanitarian that Eddie Basha was, the world would be a better place. Peace be with the family.
Lynn Baird Cannon
Eddie was one of the greatest persons I have ever known. There were times when I served on election poll duty at another precinct than my own and it was Eddie's precinct. Eddie would come in to vote shortly after the polls opened and he always brought several dozen donuts for the poll workers. I was so proud to present him with the Copper Sword award from the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame in 2009. Eddie always responded when my Kiwanis Club requested a donation for an event and when any of my Veterans Organizations wanted help. He was so very supportive of non profits and veterans. A free pie from all his stores for veterans on Veterans Day was sincerely appreciated. He will be deeply missed in Chandler and also our great state of Arizona. My condolences to his family and many friends.
Eddie was such a loving, giving, and caring soul. The world needs more like him! He paid it forward for so many unable to do so and left such a print on hearts. May his family find comfort from this Bible verse as you heal emotionally: " Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not gaze about, for I am your God. I wil fortify you. I will really help you. I will really keep fast hold of you with my right hand of righteousness." Isaiah 43:10
Eddie Basha was a wonderful man. He was always there whenever my grandparents needed something for the Golden Age Center in Chandler or if the Meals on wheels program needed bread for lunches. There were times I'd come by to find him on the porch with grandpa just talking about the community. He gave the best hugs and when he laughed you couldn't help but join in. He will be missed. My prayers are with his family.
THANKS for being the other man teacher of CCD at St. Andrews for several years Eddie. Eternal rest grant unto you Eddie and may the perpetual light shine upon you. May your soul and the soul of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. See you some day in heaven, I hope I make it, I am sure you have a special place. Thanks for the memories.
Eddie came to the rescue way back in 1994 when he bought the Orginal Food City #59 and made our life better thank you Eddie the crew will forever be greatfull! you have earned your rewards in heaven!
Compassion, is the first word that comes to mind, every time I hear the name Eddy Basha. He was a wonderful man and a true friend.
Rest in Peace Boss,we will miss you!
To Nadine and the boys; you are in our thoughts and prayers, may God Bless you.
La Stalla Family
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
I will remember Eddie the rest of my days as a true friend of education and educators! I do believe he was one of a kind! I will always be grateful to him for his kind, caring and generous heart! We are all blessed to have known him!
My condolences to the Eddie Basha family. I will be forever thankful to Mr. Basha for his donation to Sacred Heart to help build the first day care center for the elderly in the State of Arizona "El Rinconcito Senior Center." So many people have benefited from the senior center.
We knew Eddie when he was just a boy. We both worked for Bashas starting in 1956. Eddie always knew everyone by name. He will be greatly missed.
your legacy will shine as bright as the candle.Thankyou Eddie. Michelle
Thankyou Eddie for all the wonderful things you did for the community and for your employees. You didn't have to give us employees a free turkey at Thanksgiving but you did nor did you have to sponser a company picnic every year for us but you did and you took good care of us. Thankyou for giving me the opportunity to have worked for Bashas for 15 years. Your generosity and commitment to the community will be missed. Michelle McKivergan
Having moved to Arizona from Wis in the late '60s, Eddie Basha was a "part of my life." I always had one wish - to shake the hand of two gentlemen I admired most in my lifetime: Barry Goldwater and Eddie Basha. Sadly, that never happened.
To Nadine and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you with Eddie's passing. He was a true inspiration in our lives. We will miss his wonderful spirit. -Beatriz & Manuel Cisneros and Family
My condolences to the entire Basha family in this time of sorrow. God be with you all. Rest In Peace, Eddie!
I offer my sincere condolences. Take comfort in knowing that God cares for you and invites you to look to him for comfort. (1 Peter 5:6,7)
Our hearts burst with joy remembering an amazing man, an Arizona icon and true servant leader. Eddie gave of himself to so many. Blessings and sincere sympathy to Nadine and the entire Basha family, from the Sperduti/Whalen family
Many years ago I received a lovely note from someone congratulating me on a public article that had appeared about my work. The note was signed Fife. I couldn't understand why Fife (assuming it was Fife Symington) would send me such a nice note as I hardly knew the man who had once been our governor). After a few weeks I sent a thank you note (that seemed like the right thing to do) although I was still very puzzled. It wasn't until about a month later when I saw Eddie at an event and he asked me how Fife was. I asked him why he would ask me that. His response was "Well, didn't he send you a note?" I krealized immediately that it was Eddie who had sent it. He saw my astonished look and when I told him I set a thank you note, he doubled up with laughter. Always the practical joker. What a gentleman we have lost! RIP and thanks for caring about homeless kids!
May God bless the entire Basha family. Whether you personally knew Mr.Basha or not, everyone in AZ knew everything he did for the people, especially poor people. He will be missed.
I'm a Bashas' retiree. Eddie, as he told us to call him, not Mr.Basha was a wonderful employer and a friend. I'll never forget how during the Christmas season he visited all the stores to wish his workers a Merry Christmas. He will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
With love and deepest sympathy, Rita and John Krahulec
Our prayers go out to Basha Family.
Eddie's passing is a great loss for all of us here in Arizona, We have lost a truly wonderful person and we will miss him dearly.
God Speed Mr. Basha my prayers are with the entire Basha family.The community lost a wonderful and generous man.
Dear Nadine & family - what can I say? I love your family! Eddie Basha was an incredible person! I will miss him very much. I can't even imagine your incredible loss! I will always remember him with the fondest of memories. I will miss those incredible phone calls! He served Arizona and America so well. Now he is serving in another kingdom, greeting friends and family there! They are rejoicing, while we are mourning! Love to you all. Dr. Kay Dean
A major brick in the foundation of Arizona business has left his love behind. His committment to his customers and our community, his humility, his kindness, his philanthropy sets a very high standard that not many can reach. God Bless and keep you Eddie and prayers for strength to the Basha family.
Many communities have lost a grand hero. Fond adeau and God Bless you, Eddie Basha, we all will miss your presence.
Thank you, Eddie, for all that you gave us.
May your new travels be even more wonderful. Your leadership, family and community values live on thru your children. Glad to be employed by the Bashas family.
May the Basha family find peace in knowing Eddie is now in a great place. He was such a wonderful man and so kind. My parents met him while they were alive and enjoyed his presence. God Bless.
Missing you soo very much.
RIP & Godbless your family. Thanks for all of the support you have given our community
Thank you Eddie. Just thank you for showing the way. Brian C.
An icon of kindness and service. He is missed.
Anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one knows what a sad and difficult time this is. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the Basha families at the sudden passing of Eddie.
The man served his life for Arizona. Thanks Eddie
It's always hard to lose someone as important to Arizona as Eddie. An icon in business, and great philanthropist to the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Basha family!
My sincere condolences to the Basha family. Eddie is indeed an icon and will me missed but never forgotten. Thank you Mrs Basha for sharing Eddie with all of Arizona.
A wonderful man who devoted himself to his community, the arts and education. God has a special place for him.
Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. He was great to work with and generous to a fault. May Eddie rest in peace.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nadine and the boys. Eddie was bigger than life and will be greatly missed. We are so grateful to have had the privilege of knowing and working for him. Basha's has been a great part of both our lives. Our lives have been so blessed because of Eddie and the family. You are in our prayers.
Eddie helped our family when it was in great need as I know he helped thousands of others. God bless the Basha family. The Spahn's
Our sincere condolences go out to the Basha Family. Eddie touched my family's life long ago when my Great Grandmother, Opal Lewis, taught in the Chandler School District. My grandma had such concern for her students' well being, and with the help of Eddie, launched a before school breakfast program for kids to have a proper meal to start their day. I know that my grandmother taught the Basha children those years ago as well. When my grandmother passed away in the early 90's, Eddie Basha supplied the dinner at my grandmother's memorial service. We have never forgotten the generosity and kind heartedness that Eddie showed our family, and to all the other family's and people's live he has touched throughout the years.
May Eddie rest in peace, and may peace be with his family and loved ones.
As a cashier at AJ's, I send my condolences to the entire Basha Family. I have had so many customers comment and some with tears.Most of them have been long time Arizona residents. Many of them say Eddie Basha was a wonderful man and will carry a legacy in Arizona. They tell me he was a kind ,down to earth commpassionate man, who will be deeply missed.
I love my job and I am very proud to work for this company. I keep the family in my prayers asking God daily to carry them at this time of sorrow
I was so fortunate to work for Eddie when he ran for governor in 1994. I recall traveling around the state and talking with people that shared stories about Eddie's kindness, great sense of humor, his enormous heart and commitment to serving the people of Arizona.
At this very moment, I'm certain that hundreds of more wonderful stories are being told from every corner of the state. Eddie was truly a genuine person. We are all blessed for having known Eddie Basha in whatever way he crossed our paths and touched our lives. My heart goes out to Nadine and the family for their loss.
RIP Eddie. Now you know the truth. With all the practice you had on earth, you will make one very special angel in heaven.
To all the Basha family members please accept our thoughts and prayers. Eddie Basha leaves a long legacy here in Arizona- he will never be foregotten. We can all learn by following his actions and ethics. I know he will live an eternal life in peace. Again- our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Best to all of you.
My love and heartfelt condolences to your wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. RIP, Eddie B.
Deepest sympathies to the Basha Family. Our community has lost a "favorite son" and he will certainly be missed.
I'm very saddened by Mr. Basha's passing. He truly was an exemplary person who really lived his faith. He helped so many. Many years ago my children's school was raising money for a bone marrow transplant for a student. When he heard about it he helped us out but we had to keep it quiet. I hope he doesn't mind now that I'm telling about it. But I will never forget that kindness! Prayers and love to the Basha family.
Our sincere condolances to the Basha family
When my husband was kelled in a car accident 25 years ago. I called Eddie from Minnesota to help locate my daughter Kathy and husband Raul Navarrete.
Eddie was so graceous to not only locate them but he gave them money and got them airline tickets to fly back to Mn to be with the family.
Eddie gave the eurlogy at Raul Navarrete funeral service just 2 years ago. 2 of his sons Mike & ? were paulbearers.
We are forever grateful for all his kindness and generosity to our family and to the community. Joan Stensrud Jordahl Mother to Kathy and Raul Navarrete (deceased)
Eddie was on my United For Arizona Board, one of the organization's founding Directors, who cared deeply about issues impacting this state and its people. in the late 1980's I was a new member to the East Valley Partnership, a coalition of business and political leaders in the multi-city East Valley, Eddie was the EVP's founder and its President. He was dynamic, funny, forceful and always made you feel like he had known you forever. Over the years he mentored and urged me to take an expanded leadership role in the Partnership, ultimately backing me to become its first female President. I owe him so very much for those years of business and political support; but on a personal note I recall 11 years ago when he attended my husband Frank Plencner's funeral and insisted on catering the luncheon. After the service he phoned me at home and left the most beautiful message saying he hoped his funeral one day would be as beautiful as Frank's was. Eddie, I'm sure it will be! He was an inspiration and I only wish we could have had him as our Governor, what fun we all would have had! Nancy Russell Plencner
RIP Eddie Basha, thank you for all you have done for the chandler community, schools, and the state. Your are gone but your legacy will live on forever in your family and frieds. My deepest condolences to your family
Eddie was an old friend. We played tennis at his court when he was a younger man, played bridge many times with he and his marvelous mother. He introduced me to western art particularly Clymer. A great guy and very involved in people. He will be missed. My best to his family.
My family and I are sadden by the loss of Mr. Eddie Basha. He was a friendly and caring person. He often referred to my husband as his brother. There were many times I was welcome into his Corporate Office. He also did so much for the many Native People in the northern part of the state. He was the first to take the challenge to open up his first store on the Navajo Nation in Chinle. That will be 32 years this coming April. My husband and I were a big part of the celebration back then. He will be remembered for all his good virtues
We share in the loss of Eddie Basha, a true friend and home-town advocate. May his memory be a blessing. Pamela E Smith and Tina Ashburn, Roadrunner Florist, Phoenix, AZ, another home-town business.
I have known EDDIE for more than 30 years having sold him much equipment for his stores. I remember when he ran for Governor in 1994 it was "People, not Politics". That's the kind of man he was. People where always Number One. My Thoughts and Prayers are with You Eddie, and your Family.
Eddie always made me laugh. He perfected the art of practical jokes and amused himself with some of the most unique pranks. A man of humor, passion, compassion and commitment to friends, family and all humanity, Eddie lived his values. Thanks for being part of my life. Rest in peace my friend. Prayers and sympathy to Nadine and the Basha family.
I want to express my sympathy to the entire Basha family, your Husband, Father, was a awsome person. He will be greatly missed,he was so kind to my family when my Mother passed away, she worked for the Basha's store in Cottonwood, in the meat department. Our family sends our love and prayers at this time of sadness.
From the heart and with love Eddie always did everything! What a joy to watch him work "both sides of the aisle" to ensure Arizona had quality early childhood programs. He was our personal hero when he worked tirelessly to make family literacy programs a reality, too. Nadine and family you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Co-founder Mesa Schools Family Tree Project
Eddie, thanks for the change you made in our community and your support of the Homolovi State Park in Winslow. Through your support of programs at the park and in Winslow, over 25000 kids got to see a small glimpse of Hopi Culture. The Winslow store when it closed was heart breaking for us, but we understand why you had to in retrospect. We are going to miss your visits to the community and I hope the legacy you instilled in your children will continue to prosper and they will also always remember the rural little guys, where roots are established and offer growth physically, spiritually, and mentally. God's Speed dear friend.
To the entire Basha family I am so sad to here about our dear friend Eddie. He will always be part of my life. I was blessed to be able to have a part of every store built for 35 years. He would always say --HI BROTHER-- RIP my dear friend. Love to all the family.
To the Basha Family, Eddie was a key factor in the launch/success of my career. I will remember the support he gave me and will pay it forward by doing the same. I will forever be proud of the "Basha for Governor" family.
Mr. Basha smiled and greeted me in one of his stores many years ago which exuded such a warm welcome that Basha Grocery stores became "my store" from that moment on. My deepest sympathy to the Basha family and all the employees who were his grocery family. I will always remember Mr. Basha and his goodness.
I began teaching in Chandler after Eddie's tenure on the CUSD governing board. But I was honored to work on his campaign for governor. I was amazed that he always called me by name even though I never knew him personally. What an exemplary leader!
My parents worked for Eddie for many years. I grew up knowing Eddie and he was such a nice man and always talked to my sister and I when he came into the grocery where my parents worked. Great man he did make a difference.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I didn't know you personally Mr. Basha but you sound like a wonderful kind compassionate man. My sincere condolences to your family. Wish there were more like you. You will be missed.
Eddie, we are honored to have known you and grateful to your family for sharing so much of you with all of us. Your love for this life and generosity to those of us who walked with you is unmatched. Rest in peace, dear friend.
My mother Ada Thomas was a member of the Arizona State Board of Education with Eddie Basha. He was always very kind to her and our family. Eddie accomplished the most important things in life by loving and serving others. A GREAT MAN. Mary Nielson
The world has lost an incredible man with a GIANT heart. Eddie was a powerful example of loving and serving his fellow man. He imparted his substance to the poor, shared his abundance with others and spent his life doing his part to to make the world a better place. He has proven that ONE person can in fact make a difference. Sending our love and prayers to the Basha Family.
My gratitude for Eddie Basha and his family can never repay the life he and his company have given me as a member of the Bashas' Family of Stores.
When you say the name Basha, you can't think of any word more important than family. May the Spirit of the White Buffalo forever watch over you Eddie!
R.I.P. Eddie! You will be missed.
Mr. Basha, you will be greatly missed. You were so kind to us when we worked the election a few yrs ago, enjoyed the goodies you sent to us. That was so very kind of you..
My wife and I were fortunate enough to have met Mr. Basha and get to know several members of his family. He and the entire Basha family are wonderful people and I think it is a testament to the type of person Eddie Basha was. Our prayers and sympathy are with the Basha family.
My condolence to the Basha family. RIP Eddie, you will be missed.
I almost feel like a family member died. Eddie has been such an inspiration to all of us living in Arizona. He embodied ethical leadership and truly loved his community. Eddie, you will be missed!
Thank you Mr. Basha for all that you have done. We will always remember you, and all of the great things that you have done. Rest in peace my friend. John and Lisa Heard
I remember being in Prescott and watching a man hanging out of the passenger window of a Suburban, waving, and yelling "hello Cluff's !!". It was Eddie. He in an interesting man and a wonderful human being. Our prayers are with the family.
I never met you but you are the man helped lots of people with warmest heart.
We respect you and we miss you ! ! !
I will always remember childhood days playing like we were in airplanes fighting during World War !! using the olive trees for planes in the orchard next to his family home on Washington Street in Chandler. The last time I talked to him was when I was living in Prescott and he called to ask me to accompany him to his store in Window Rock in the 90"s because he knew that I majored in Anthropology/The American Indian and how much I loved to go to the reservation. I had to turn him down because I was teaching school that day, I have regretted it ever since! What a great and giving man he was. He will never be forgotten in the history of Arizona...and in the hearts of all he came in contact with. I will always love you dear friend, Goo Goo!
You will never be forgotten. may you rest in peace and God bless your family
A job well done. A life lived well. You changed the world one person at a time. You made Arizona a better place for all of us . Thank you, Eddie Basha.
The children of Arizona have lost their best friend. ALL Arizonans have lost a model citizen. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nadine and te Bashs famiy.
Gene & Naomi Karp
Our condolences to Nadine, et al. There aren't the right words now other than God bless all in Eddie's circle. Ernest, Stephen, Katie, Mary and Michael Calderon
Eddie Basha was an amazing man. Having taught in Chandler for 24 years I learned first hand what Eddie meant to the city and School district. One year when Chandler High School was recognized for excellence, Eddie treated the entire staff and their families of CHS to a steak dinner home cooked at CHS by Eddie and the administrators.
Eddie Bash was in the forefront in breaking ground on Arizona's Indian reservations to build stores that have become the hallmark of possibilities. Thank you from Apache country. May God Bless the Basha family and all their employees. Lorenzo Cassa
"Eddie, your work here was done and you did it well." My brother Phillip who was born with down syndrome has been employed at the San Carlos Apache Bashas for many years. He started shortly after graduating from Globe High School and became a responsible and loyal employee who has made our family and friends proud. Thank you Eddie for opening the door for so many Arizonans - native and non-native alike.
Eddie was truly a kind and generous man and it was an honor to know him. My family and I send prayers to the Basha family.
A giant who all of Arizona will miss...
I worked at Basha's as my first job - I started as a bagger and worked way to manager - it was a good job - I met Eddie a few times when he and al would come in the stores - back when owners actually cared about people. RIP Eddie
Rest in Peace, Mr. Basha. And, thank you. Arizona will miss you! -R.C.
I worked for Basha's/AJ's in the early days on Central and Camelback.I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Basha on many occassions as he and his family shopped at the store and he was a very nice, approachable man, he always made you feel that you were somehow part of of the family, not just an employee. I ran into him not too long ago and was amazed to see him still out and about at his stores, still treating people the same way. What a nice and kind man! Rest is peace Mr. Basha.
The world is a sadder place at Mr. Basha's passing. Rest now dear friend.
I can always remember being in the Chandler store and if Eddie Basha was there he would have a smile on his face and he would say hello, how are you today and are you finding everything that you need? He always had time for his customers. He is a Arizona ICON and he will be missed by all. Our prayers are with the family.
Formally from Arizona
Ann and Don Newnum
I have worked for the Basha company since 1996. Myself and some of my peers were aquired in an acquisition when Bashas bought the chain of grocery stores that I was working for. The company almost overnight took us on as family members and provided jobs and a good quality of life from then all the way to now. I only had the pleasure of meeting Eddie a couple of times in the stores I worked in but always found him to be friendly and approachable but also very passionate about his grocery stores. The world will be a lesser place without Eddie Basha and he will be greatly missed. I will be proud to wake up tomorrow morning and be prepared to still work for his name and his company. Thank you for everything.
Thank you for what you did for Education. My children were graduates of CHS and you were often so involved in the educational aspects of their school. You not only gave financially, but also gave so much of yourself, to the school and students there. Such a good man. I am an RN and had the honor of being your nurse several years ago. You and your family were and are, such a fine, caring family. May God give your family the grace and peace they need and seek in the days ahead.
So sad at the passing of Eddie Basha. What a great loss for AZ and our community. My son and I will be forever grateful for having had the honor and privilege of knowing Eddie. We will never forget all you did for St. Jude's Hospital, the Leukemia benefits and my own son, Michael. You were a great man, Eddie and you will always be in our hearts. Enjoy Heaven and Rest in Peace. Deepest sympathy to the Basha family.
Pat Stewart and Michael Vargas
Most sincere condolences to all of Eddies family. I worked for him for over 41 years. He was the best boss that anyone can ever imagine. He did so much for all of his employees and their families. I always very affectionately called "Patron" I came to Bashas in 1964, 4 years before he took over, we have lost a one of a kind human being. We, his employees, his family, our community and this Country will miss him. Vaya Con Dios mi "Patron"
I met this gentleman a few times, and he was always so nice. He will be missed for a long time.
My condolences go to his family. I am filled with sorrow as I am certain they are.
You were the friendliest face any corporation ever had. Thank you especially for AJ's Fine Foods.
RIP - You will be greatly missed
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Bashas family and Nadine Bashas. I have been so honored to have known Eddie personally. He always came into out store to sample our Chefs great cooking and would tell me Mejita please don't tell Nadine. I would tell him Eddie you better behave. I will truly miss you, you are greater than ever. Rest in peice my friend , Manuel and Mona Gonzales
Eddie is one of those rare individuals who did so much for so many without needing to be recognized for his good deeds. He so loved his family, friends and his Arizona. I will forever miss his sense of humor and his loving friendship. God is already putting him to work. My thoughts and prayers are with Nadine and the family. God Bless.
God Bless, you will be missed.
Thank-you Mr. Eddie Basha! Especially for helping St. Mary's Basha Elementary school in Chandler! Rest in Peace.
Eddie was a very close 'amigo' and 'colega'. He will be remembered as a native son who left a legacy for public education and hometown business development innovator. His generosity for the less fortunate has been legendary. His family of humble immigrant origins, who settled in Arizona, blazed a trail that will endure the test of time in Arizona annuals. Navajoland folks will always welcome his spirit for his willingness to expand his grocery business with their direct involvement in reaching out to the many expanses of their homeland in northern Arizona.
MY familia will dedicate a Sonoran Desert "Ocotillo" tree in the Tucson Santa Cruz River Memorial Park in Eddie's honor.
QEPD/RIP, Nuestro Gran Amigo!
Eduardo 'ED' Delci & Dr. Virginia Pesqueira.
Kino Springs/Nogales, AZ
Mr Basha was a kind genteel man with old world manors. He will be greatly missed by his home town of Chandler. Eddie arrived at those pearly gates a full 10 mins before the devil knew anything.
So sorry to learn of the passing of this wonderful and most admired gentleman. He will be missed!
Our Sympathy goes out to the Basha Family. We will think of Eddie's smile whenever we shop at Bashas. We are sure you and Stormin Norman Saba are telling some Great Hunting and Fishing stories. A Great Man, you will be missed.
R.I.P. Mr.Basha. I never met you but I saw you in church many times.
What a blessing you were to so many in our state. No matter what the need you were the first to offer help. Food drives, water drives, supplies for firefighters up north and of course Turkey Tuesday. You will be so greatly missed. Rest in peace you blessed, blessed man. My heartfelt condolences to the Basha family.
I work for Eddie for 10 years. He gave people the opportunity to make an above average living if you worked hard for it.It will be big shoes to fill for his Family. He will be remembered fondly by alot of people.
He just seemed like a down to earth overall nice man. He had a gentle smile and you just felt he cared. I will miss the commercials. Blessings to the family. Y. Price
Eddie Basha touched many lives and will be sorely missed. may he rest in peace
Thank you for your wonderful humanitarian spirit to everyone across Navajoland and the many opportunities you provided. You helped when we asked for help with college functions at Dine' College and have never forgotten your generosity and help. Rest in Peace, Mr. Bashas.
I was honored to work with Eddie during my time in Dennis DeConcini's office. It was a pleasure to work on his campaign for governor. Arizona has lost a genuine HERO. He never saw race or color or sexual orientation. He saw PEOPLE. My heart and my families hearts are heavy with sorrow at this great loss. God's speed my friend- God has many projects he needs your help with.
You will truly be missed. We love you eddie.
"Hi, this is Eddie Basha..." was the signature line in Eddie's commercials. Behind that name was a genuine, caring human being. Let us remember him and be honored that he touched our lives in so many ways: providing employment; supporting education, charities, arts and individuals... the list goes on. Like so many others, my artist-husband shared a brotherly friendship with Eddie. Eddie wanted to be the one to buy Cliff's last piece of artwork. It now hangs in the Basha Gallery. When Cliff died, Eddie was there in person with finances and food. Such kindness, warmth and love. A real class act. Thank you, Nadine, and your family, and thank you, Eddie. God bless you all.
I will be forever grateful to have had the honor to know Eddie Basha. Sharing, like so many, memories of a man who was a brother to everyone he knew and those who he did not. My prayers are with Nadine and all of Eddie's family. If there was ever a person who I was confident had a special place in heaven, it is Eddie. God be with him.
An enormously generous man, who has been so kind to our family. He will truely be missed. Steve and Patricia Stensrud. (Raul Navarette in-laws)
Selfishly, my heart is broken at the loss of such a dear man as Eddie. What a friend to me and so many others at St. Andrew's Parish and around this state. Such a humble man who had the biggest heart; he always had something kind to say and always asked about others, never putting the spotlight on himself and his own accomplishments.
Now he is at peace after running such a good race. Well done, good and faithful servant! We love you, Eddie, and will miss you in every way.
Our sympathy to your family and Nadine, who will feel the hole left there by you in such a big way. Love and blessings to all of you.
Eddie will truly be missed. May he rest in peace and his family have the strength and passion to carry on his legacy.
My condolence to the Basha family. It was an honor to have worked for Eddie and for all the good he did here on earth. Now God need's him to help up there so RIP Mr. Basha. God bless the family and be with them during this time.
Nadine and family - My love and prayers to you and your family. I look at you as Mom and Dad for First Things First. We would not be here without your love and commitment. I want to express my thanks to both of you for the impact you have made for the children of Arizona. Eddie will still be watching over the children of this state, just in a different way.
Love Hazel Chandler
Thank you Eddie for all you have done for all of us. You are an example of how humans should treat each other. You will be missed. My sympathy to the Basha Family. It has been an honor working for such a great company.
God bless you, Eddie! Thank you for your many gifts to people in need.
God bless you Eddie! Rest in peace.
I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for Eddie. He was a good person that did so much for others.
My condolences and prayers to out to his family and everyone at Basha's.
Bless you for the many memories distant but never forgotten...love, temper, passion and success unviable!
Our thoughts and prayers for the family to find hope and comfort during this Easter season. RIP Eddie from two of your friends and former employees
Jesus has a new angel in Heaven. God bless you and your family Mr. Basha
May God comfort the Basha Family in this great loss.
Many members of our family have worked for Bashas/Food City, with my husband, for 47 years and son,for 12 years.We were "adopted" into the Basha Store Family when Food City was purchased by Eddie. Without him, Food City likely would no longer exist - thank you Eddie. His decency and kindness will be missed, but we are all better for his being in our lives.
We will try to honor his legacy by living with integrity. Until we meet again, rest in peace. God hold you in His arms.
The Romero Family
You were a great man
and now you are in Heaven
with the greatest RIP Mr Basha you did a great job here on Earth May God grant you eternal pease and rest
Nadine and Family: Eddie was one of the nicest people we've ever known. He had such a kind and generous heart. He will be missed by our entire community and State. The good news is that he has now entered God's Kingdom and his eternal life.
Grace and Peace to your entire family.
Karen and Bob Hobbs Sr.
My condolences to the Basha family. I didn't know Eddie personally but my parents knew his parents back in the days and I remember stories told to us. One especially where my aunt found her mother through the help of Mrs Basha. May god be with you and guide you this difficult time.
You will be truely missed. You helped the Knights of Columbus in Chandler many many times. I had the pleasure of meeting you on several occasions at your headquarters. That was always a tremendous pleasure.
Sad news , brings back alot of childhood memories with my Grandfather (Don Cooper) and Eddie . God Bless The Basha family, Maureen Kuvik
Such a great sense of humor. When I worked for Nadine, he came in one day an introduced himself as Nadine's driver. I kept wondering where I had seen him before. I realized I had seen him in commercials. My prayers are with all the Basha family.
RIP Eddie. The members of Bashas have lost our fearless leader. Your dedication to the community and the company will be missed greatly.
Rest in peace Eddie Basha
Thoughts and prayers to the Basha family.Trey,Leann and Nadine,Through this difficult time may you find peace and healing.Always remembered but Not forgotten.Very sad and close to home a man with triumph,great sense of humor,and love for Arizona will always be carried on in our hearts.God Bless to you and your family.
You were a truly remarkable great man. I am very proud to have known you and to have worked for your company, Bashas.
Eddie Basha is a true friend and brother to the Navajo people. He developed Bashas stores in rural Navajo communities that produced a better way of living overall. We enjoyed working with Eddie over the years, he was an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for all you did for our Navajo people. Our sincere condolences are with the Basha family.
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
A FINE MAN OF ARIZONA,HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED
Rest In Paridise.Mr Basha Your were a truly great Man.I'll Miss see You In church..
I used to live in Scottsdale, AZ for 3yrs. From 2003-2006. I LOVED Bashas,A.J.'s, Food City and also that small town store up in the White Mtns of Payson, AZ. Best BBQ Sandwiches Ever! :) You were an icon for all*
Nadine May God bless you and the Boys may Your family find support and love during this difficult time. Eddie also had a great sense of humor.Glad our Fam. got 2 met him 2 St Andrews Catholic Church.
Arizona and the planet are better as a result of your good work and good humor. Many thanks, again and forever, for your help with the Fort Apache Heritage Foundation and for the fresh roasted green chiles and awesome jerky at Eddie's Country Store. R.I.P.
A fine man and Arizonan. RIP
Sending prayers to your family.
My condolences to the entire Bashas family. Eddie will always remain a true icon to Arizona and his family will carry on his tradition.He treated all his employees with dignity and respect. In all the years I worked for him, he never failed to stop and visit with all his employees in each and every one of his stores. Your mission here is done.and done well. God Bless you and your loved ones.
What a beautiful soul you were. Rest in peace. May your family remember the memories when they miss you and hopefully that will heal their sadness.
I WAS SADEND TO HERE THAT EDDIE WAS GONE,HE KNOW WILL OPEN AN ART GALLERY IN HEAVEN WITH ZELMA AND RICK. I WENT TO SEE EDDIE AROUND CHRISMAS WE WENT TO LUNCH AT AJ, THEN WENT BACK TO THE HOUSE AND TALKED FOR HOURS, HE WAS SO HAPPY TO SE ME. I WILL MISS YOU FOR EVER.
My thoughts and prayers are with Eddie's family during this difficult time. Eddie quietly helped so many people with their college educations through the years. His kind, generous spirit will be missed.
The first time I met Eddie I was working with Dolly in Catering. We were setting up for a party at his house. I had to get something in his garage and he walks in. I said "Hello Mr. Basha". He walked over to me with this angry look on his face and started poking me in the chest each time saying "My name is Eddie, Eddie, Eddie...". He did this until I was backed into a corner and then said "and don't you forget it!" smiled and walked out. I never called him Mr. Basha again. Great, Great man. I will never forget you.
Our sympathies to Nadine and family. Eddie was such a great inspiration for everyone who knew him. Truly a class-act. He will be greatly missed.
Mr Basha, Thank you for being the kind of person who leaves this Earth after spending a lifetime making it a better place. Your are one of Arizona's most outstanding citizens in which we Arizonan's can take great pride. Bless you and your family.
Thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and employees. God bless you for all you have done for our community. You and your generosity will definately be missed.
Eddie was a generous and wonderful man who will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family.
Rip Mr Basha you will be missed by all!! From a former Arizonan.
What a great man he was, and he leaves a legacy to be very proud of. Bless him forever. I wonder where our state would be if he had been governor, I wish we could have had him in office.
thanks for all you and your family have done for this state my dad new eddie very well we grew up near the seventh avenue and osborn store and you all helped my parents in a very special way he will be missed again thanks cindy phoenix
Thank you Eddie for providing a great store for Arizona, and for the opportunity to work with your organization. It goes without saying... you will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. RIP
Eddie Basha has made an indelible impact on Arizona in so many ways. I especially appreciate his long-term interest and support for addressing issues affecting Arizona's children. He will be missed, but his legacy will endure.
God's Speed Eddie - thank you for your contribution to rural Az as well as your involvement with education in AZ.
I learned some wonderful things from Eddie Basha. Honesty, integrety and values. My sincere condolences to the Bashas' family, he was one of kind in the very best meaning.
To the greatest person who could have ever come to a little town "Chandler,Az." and make such an enormous impact on the people who needed him most! I miss my Basha's store on McQueen and Pecos.Thank you Mr Eddie Basha for all the love, we will always remember you! Mr & Mrs Esteban Escandon Family
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Eddie's family. He is an Arizona icon and will always be remembered for his zest for life and philanthropic endeavors in the community.
Eddie Basha was a gentleman from the purest form of the word. God Bless.
bashas was a great place to work,eddie was a great boss and will be missed.may god be with family.a retired bakery manager.
As a former Chandler High School teacher, it was my pleasure to work with Eddie while he was on the Chandler School Board and State Board of Education. He was an outstanding leader and advocate for public education. Arizona has lost a compassionate and honorable friend. My wife and I extend our heartfelt sympathy to his family.
I think the first time I ever met Eddie was when he was in high school in Chandler and I was a friend of his younger sister. I still remember his love of fun and how generous he was to so many people over these many years. He made a huge difference to the whole state of Arizona as well as to the people in our home town!
EDDIE YOU WILL TRULY B MISSED I LOVED WORKING AS A MEMBER OF UR FAMILY AT STORE #111 AN #58 MY CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO UR FAMILY FOR THERE GREAT LOSS WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU
As an Ahawatukee shpper of Basha's, I always appreciated the cleanlinness and quality of the store. As a member of St. Tims in Mesa, I always appreciated his many donations he made to the church and as a grandmother of four children who all went to St. Mary Basha's school, I appreciate the quality education they received. Thank you Eddie Basha for all that.
I had the same problem as EJ when I ran the Chandler Arizonan newspaper in the 1980s: Eddie would personally help people and organizations in town, and he'd never wanted us to write a word about it. That was personal. He particularly helped students in a school south of downtown with the poorest student population. He never wanted a story, and we honored that.
My brother was an apprentice butcher for Bashas' later on, and he told me of Eddie showing up in his store one day and knowing everyone there -- and they all knew him -- like the favorite funny uncle arriving for Thanksgiving.
That was Eddie. Mr. Genuine. What a great guy. None like him.
A terrific, honorable man. A blessing to have had him here this long.
My heart sunk when I heard the News, I am deeply saddend, My Mother and Dad knew Him From a long long time ago, we used to shop at the little grocery store on Main Street in Mesa... Your in my thoughts and Prayers Today and in the Days to come...
Thank you for serving the Native American Communities. "Best Glazed Donuts". We will miss you. Condolence to the Basha Family. Karen
My prayers go out to the Basha family, may you feel the comfort of Gods love at this time. Eddie left behind a legacy of respect, honor, compassion, and humility. I had the privilege of working with him on a few projects while I worked for Bashas. He will be part of Arizona history. Eddie will be missed by many.
While I didn't know Mr. Basha, I have met him several times over the years - I've been a customer my whole life! He was always very kind to us. I voted for him when he ran for Governor and was disappointed he wasn't elected. Oh how different Arizona might be today if he had been! My deepest condolences to his lovely wife and his children and grandchildren. My prayers are with you...
The Basha's store at7th Avenue and Osborn was my mother's favorite store. She knew all the workers and they all knew her. When she became too infirm to shop there, we used the Basha's Home Delivery service. I remember we loved seeing Mr. Basha on TV in his ads. Thank you, Mr. Basha for caring about Arizona, especially the Valley of the Sun. May God bless and comfort your family.
Eddie never forgot a friendship or face and from his heart referred to most as his "brother." His private side was as genuine as his public side. I know, I saw both. Fortunately, he left a legacy that can perpetuate his goodness. We'll miss you, brother.
Thank you Mr. Basha, may you journey be safe and you will be received by the creator, your work is completed here. Kawk'kwhy' from the Hopi Nation.
A wonderful and special person. Always a pleasure when I spoke with him. Thoughts and prayers to the family. Jim Stamatis
Our thoughts and prayers to the Basha family. Eddie will always be remembered most for his caring, compassion, dedication and continuous giving of himself.
My family has known this great man and his family since the early Chandler days. I still recall as a young boy going to the first store in Chandler and seeing Eddie working right alongside his employees. He and his family have been such great supporters of education, youth groups and the community. He will be missed, but his legacy will remain forever. To his family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The world is a little less civil, decent, kind, charitable, humble, friendly and joyful following the loss of Eddie. His family and friends may find solace in the awareness that his life was very well lived, and his legacy is powerful. Godspeed, good friend.
I feel honored to have known and worked with Eddie and the Bashas family. Eddie was a great man and Bashas is a great company. Arizona will never be the same without his smiling face and giving hand. God Bless all of his family my thoughts and prayers are with them.
I REMEMBER EDDIE & ALL THE BASHA KIDS RUNNING AROUND THE STORE SOUTH OF CHANDLER. GREAT BUNCH OF KIDS.
We can only speak well of Mr. Basha. He was a man of great compassion and generosity. He will be welcomed in heaven because his many good works followed the example of Christ.
To our old and dear friend, while you will be missed here on Earth, we know you'll keep them in stitches in Heaven. Thanks for the love, friendship, generousity and joy you brought all of us. Love you "brother".
Someone who gave back to the community, he will be missed, he did many things for the community that many people do not know about because he did not want to be recognized for them. He did it because he wanted too, and not for praise. Arizona will never have another Eddie Basha.
I wrote a previous entry,but wanted to add more,Because of Eddie and his wonderful company I really am who I am today.In the twenty years I have worked for him,I am now a more confident person.Starting out as a shy teenage bagger at the Showlow Store to now a Manager at Eddie's Country Store in Pinetop.His techniques in business should be sought throughout all in businesses in this country,I think the US would be a better place.Taking care of his members,makes a happier member,which then makes a happier customer.You will be missed Eddie,thank you all you have given!
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Thank you for all the good things you did for Arizona and for St. Vincent De Paul!
God Bless the Bashas family. i have been a employee for 17 years at the DC my deeepest sympathy,from the Aker family. God Bless u Mike
Eddie has been a family friend since his highschool days at Chandler high . He used to eat tortillas at my nana's house on Colorado st. with my uncle Frank . I also played football with his boys at Chandler high and later coached his other boy to a state championship at Hamilton High. When my father passed away Eddie was very gracious to my mom and family suppling the meal for the reception .He did this same gesture for hundreds of his employees. He raised 6 great men who will carry on his legacy and they all have a personality of him to carry on. We lost a true hero in Az . Thankyou Ediie for everything you did.
Manny Palomarez and Family.
Even with this heavy heart, I am comforted by the gift of having been blessed to know and love my brother Eddie. May God wrap you in the comfort of His arms my brother and give you His peace.
I love Eddie and his love for children. He always gave food to people when times were bad. He believed food is love. I imagine he is already helping the angels in heaven prepare grand feasts for God. Thank you Eddie for your huge heart and for caring for all the kids of Arizona. We will all miss you, you had a life well lived. My heartfelt wishes to Nadine.
I did not know Eddie, but he was a great friend to the Chanens who I work for, and he will be dearly missed. My thoughts to his family and friends. Deb Bone
I've been an member since 1994.I started at just 18 years old.I've always felt I was a good judge in character,so working for Eddie was a no brainer.He treats his members like family.When I tell people I work for Bashas I say it proudly.He will be truely missed! I feel like I lost a father.What a great man.
Eddie was a very caring and generous person who will be missed but never forgotten. RIP, my friend, and my sincerest condolences to the Basha family.
I am very saddened by the passing of Eddie Basha. Even when I moved out of Arizona, I always spoke of Basha's stores. My condolences to his family.
Thank You!! Prays to the Bashas Family...RIP Eddie
Our thoughts and prayers go to the family of a wonderful man. Thank you Eddie for your friendship. The memories will be treasured even more now.
RIP Mr. Basha. You will truly be missed.
Though I didn't know Eddie, I felt as though I did. He was a beacon of goodness, generosity and genuineness. His family and friends, indeed all of us in Arizona, will miss him. We could use more Eddie Bashas in our world.
I grew up in chandler knowing the Basha family.Mr Eddie Basha was a great man with a great head on his shoulders and I have always admired him for that. My prayers are with your family.May God bless your family and give them peace. For I know you are in heaven with the Lord.
Patrick McDonald Chandler, Arizona
RIP Eddie...My mother was a maid at your home when you were a child, she had very fond memories of you and your family. Everytime she saw you on TV she was proud to say she knew you. May the Lord rest your soul and may perpetual light shine upon you.
You were the best Eddie. I am very greatful to work for Bashas' for 14 years now. I will never forget everytime you seen me and Darla you would always joke and say HERE COMES TROUBLE. Always made us laugh about that. You will be greatly missed. R.I.P.
Modesta Munoz and family send their prayers and love to the Basha family. Eddie was an extraordinary man who was loved by all. Modesta Munoz, Virginia Weaver and Ortensia Carter
I remember when I was a senior in high school and in the Boy Scouts. I was working on my Eagle project. Early one evening, I received a call stating he was Officer So-and-so (I forget the name he used), "I am a truant officer for the City of Phoenix." I said, "Ok?". He went on to say that I noticed that I was not doing as well as he thought I could do in school. I said, “I know I could do better, but with all the juggling I was doing, I was doing my best.” (I really could have probably done better, but I wasn't going to admit that on the phone.) He could tell I was starting to get nervous on the phone. So he said, “David, on a serious note…”; “This is Eddie Basha, I hear you need some assistance on an Eagle Scout project.” That is when I told him about my Eagle Scout project and then he donated all the printing for the flyers for the can food drive that I had planned. The canned food drive was to collect cans during the off times of the year when nobody else was thinking about the poor and hungry (outside the holiday time). He then told me to drop the original off at the nearest Bashas or Food City with his name on the outside of the envelope. He went on to say that they had their own print shop and they would work on my job right away. I want to say that I had them within 2-3 day delivered back to the store it came from.
Anyway, Eddie Basha has always done wonders for the community, and to this day, I believe I probably wouldn't have completed my Eagle Scout project without his assistance. Mr. Basha has always been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!
My condolences to the entire Basha Family and close friends! His memory will last forever! There are not that many important Great Men & role models in Arizona history! He is definitely one and he will be missed! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!
I was born and raised in Chandler, I am 33 and I hasve grown up with the Basha's store and Eddie in our community. I still shop at Basha's today with my family. This is sad to read, my thoughts and prayers are with his family and hopefully he is at peace.
Arizona has lost one of its most beloved sons. I shall miss him but remember him for his kindness and love of all.
RIP Eddie. You will by truly missed by all of us.
The world has lost a GREAT person. None better than Eddie. The card he carried in his wallet says it all!! I am so fortunate to have known you. Rest in peace my brother.
I first met Eddie Basha in his Chandler Corporate Office in the late 1979 with the intent of attracting his interest in locating a Basha Store in Chinle, Navajo Nation, Arizona. Our presentation before him consisted of a Dog and Pony Show depicting the market conditions and potential goldmine for his store. I remember Eddie being restless and displayed a lack of interest in our presentation and abruptly stopped it. He stood up and said "never mind the presentation let's proceed with development plans and land lease negotiations". He called his Attorney in Phoenix and instructed him to begin the leasing process with the Navajo Nation. Our jaws dropped and we were in total disbelief that this corporate giant was willing to locate a store in the heart of the Navajo Nation. We completed the Chinle Store in a year and simultaniously started developing Window Rock Store, Tuba City Store, Kayenta Store and Crownpoint store. By the first anniversary of Chinle store, it became the most profitable unit of all Basha Stores. Eddie became very active among the Navajos and seeked to establish strong bonds with the grassroots level people. I will never forget Eddie's friendship as he became a very personal friend until his death. Rest in Peace and may the Great Spirit have mercy on your soul. Your friend and confidant.
R.I.P. Eddie. I am very grateful to have worked for your company now for 14 years. You were always joking with me and Darla about here comes trouble when you seen us. You will be truely missed by all. My prayers go out to all the family.
Thank you to the Basha Family for sharing Eddie with all of us for so many years. The character, generosity, compassion, unconditional mutual respect and genuine appreciation for each other is the foundation for everything Eddie did and will remain with us for the remainder of our lives. Whether it was ones first job bagging groceries at a Basha's Store, or ones first introduction to philanthropy through St. Vincent DePaul or playing at one of the many charity golf tournaments Basha's sponsored the food for, or a hard lesson to learn as a businessman, Eddie was a teacher in everything he did and shared it all, good and bad, with us and we thank you. Heaven just improved significantly and now serving food catered by Basha's...
YOU WILL BE MISSED. GOD BLESS YOU.
Eddie Basha will be missed in the Valley. His on-going support of so many charities was a blessing to our community. He brought us all together to support causes that needed the entire Valley to help. My thoughts go out to his family.
I'll always remember Eddie Basha with warmth and admiration. Our family enjoyed shopping at the Basha's grocery store on 32nd Street and Indian School Road. It was a great experience because of the store's creative design. A mezzanine was a popular feature at this new store. We looked out over the aisles to watch the shoppers while enjoying refreshments.
Later I admired him for his strong stance on education and his love of Arizona. He served tirelessly on the State Board of Education for many years.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time of sorrow.
A true Arizonan and philanthropist in every sense of the words. His legacy will be one of hard, honest, work! blessings and peace to the family, and your job is now done Mr. Basha. rest in peace.
Thank you Eddie Basha for establishing grocery stores on the Navajo and Apache reservations. Jobs were created and enabled residents to shop on their own reservations instead of traveling many miles to border towns.
Ah-hee-heh!! (Thank you)
Dear Basha family, Thank you for all of the years you also gave alongside Eddie. He was so kind to my mom (Kay Lyman) for so many years. You are appreciated and my thoughts and prayers are with you.
My deepest sympathy goes out to your family. And when I heard my only thought was that now Stormin Norman Saba has his partner in crime with him. Mr. Basha was a wonderful man that will surely be missed.
Eddie Basha was a man with class. Speaking of class, Eddie came to my Kindergarten class many times to read to my students. He also was the MC many times for assemblies we had at Kenilworth School. When you wrote a note to him, he would always respond. Education was very important to him. His grocery stores reflect his support for education. The Fountain Hills store has donated items for my school and classroom to support a cause. Arizona and I will miss him! He was a special man, that I will never forget. Dawn Burstyn-Meyers
My memory of Mr.Basha is when i was 5 years old.I went to Basha Elementary at age 4,and there was this one time i had a field trip to Bashas' in Sunlakes.I begged my mom to call you or have you come because i wanted pizza.My mom said she would do anything to get you to come and make a visit for the class at the store.I over heared my mom talking on the phone asking if you could do a Surprise visit.The next day i was soooo excited to meet you.I was in the pizza area,and you came behind me and i turned around and i gave you a hug and everyone took lots of pictures.Im 17 now,and i will remember your kind words you always said to me everytime i saw you at the front desk at the Bashas Coorporate Office.Im truly saddened that you are gone,and my prayers are with your family and Bashas members as well.You will always be remembered but never forgotten.
What a loss to our entire state and local community. RIP sir. You will be greatly missed in this world.
Rest inpeace and God bless you and the family.
I am who i am today because of you.You are a man with character,sense of humor,loving,giving and the list goes on.You changed soo many lives and touched so many hearts.You will always be remembered,But not forgotten.
People like Eddie have made me proud to live in Chandler. His spirit of generosity was a true gift and one that he passed to the younger generations of the Basha family. Eddie may have passed but his spirit lives on. Condolences to the Basha family
Through grade school going to the first warehouse bashas family had remembering big bald guy who had a laugh for us kids RIP Eddie Basha
My heart goes out to Nadine and the boys...Whom I guess would be men now... Its been a very long time but some of my fondest childhood memories were spent with your family. I am so thankful for the wonderful things Eddie and Nadine did for me and the places I was so blessed to see in my travels with all of you ...He was truly an amazing man and will forever be remembered for all the kind things he's done... He will be truly missed!
Sincerely, Monica Sheets
Through grade school going to the first warehouse bashas family had remembering big bald guy who had a laugh RIP Eddie Basha
I once had the privilege of viewing the Bashas art gallery. He has left an amazing legacy
A voice of civility and reason that will continue to be heard. Thank you, Eddie. Though you will be missed your legacy will live on.
Thank you, Eddie, for all that you taught us.
Proud to have known and work for this good man.
Heart felt sympathy to the Basha family. Eddie was a Good Soul.
Deepest sympathies to his family right now. From living in Arizona you knew who Eddie was. He will be missed, I liked seeing the Bashas commercials with him on them.
Not great news to hear from a man that I have always respected. I got my start in the grocery industry at Bashas in 1969 and it was a great place to work. Eddie will be missed. My sincere condolences to the Basha family.
My heartfelt sympathies to the entire Basha family. I had the privilege of working for Eddie when he served on the Board of Regents. His contributions to education were many and he will be missed. May he rest in peace.
Eddie and I crossed paths on several occasions. I may not have totally agreed with some of his political views, but I could NEVER argue with his humanitarianism.
Eddie's work with the Phoenix Children's Cancer Center and other charitable organizations really showed who is was... a man of great compassion.
I once worked for the American Red Cross and coordinated blood drives at Basha's corporate offices. I bumped into Eddie one day and he took time out of his busy day to give me a private tour of his museum. When I told him that my youngest daughter was a leukemia survivor, and that Basha's had chosen one of her pieces of art for the Phoenix Children's Cancer Center Christmas Card program, he broke down and cried.
I will always have very fond memories of Eddie. He was a great man and a great humanitarian.
Rest in peace!
Dear Basha Family, Whata loss to the class of 1954, 1955 and 1956. You always give to us with our reunions and I pray we give back to you . I was in the class of '54 and remember you with kindness.Prayers to all and blessings for knowing you.
Dicksie Smaller Blankenship Clinton, Ill.
You are one of a kind,be with the angels.
As a Retired Highway Patrolman, all of us were greatly indebted to Eddie for his philanthropy whenever an Officer was tragically killed in the line of duty. Any service I went to, Basha's provided all of the food and without any fanfare. This was truly a great man who will be sorely missed. I went to school with his family members and they were all class people. God bless the Basha Family and many many thanks!!!!
Eddie was perhaps the most perfect combination of decency and humor I have ever known. He will be sorely missed.
The Basha family, will keep you all in our hearts at this very sad time. Eddie was a wonderful man who loved Arizona and helped so many. May he rest in peace.
Eddie Basha had a very good heart and contributed much to Arizona.
I WAS HONORED TO HAVE WORKED FOR EDDIE HE DINT LIKE TO BE CALLED MR BASHA HE WAS A DOWN TO EARTH WONDERFUL PERSON.HE MADE HIS WORKERS FEEL LIKE FAMILY.AS EDDIE WOULD SAY "YOU GOT A FRIEND" R I P EDDIE GOD BLESS TO THE BASHA FAMILY.
Dear Eddie, May you rest in peace and be a guiding light for your family to carry on. Heaven just got brighter today! A new angel was born today, and will be spreading lots of sunshine around. I worked for you for 20 years and you always had a kind word for me. My heart goes out to your family. Remind them in their dreams of the good memories they all share. RIP Eddie, RIP..
I am so sadden by the news of Eddie Basha's passing. I first met Eddie and Nadine through the late Msgr. Ed Ryle. You have given so much to so many - thank you! My sincere sympathy to you, Nadine, family and friends. Pamela
Words cannot express the sorrow that lies within my heart. Eddie was a generous man as is the entire Basha family. It had been an honor and privilege to be a member of the Bashas' family of stores for 18 years. Your spirit and integrity will live on through your children and tge members of your company. RIP Eddie.
RIP Eddie Basha, you will never be forgotten....our sympathies to your family, our thoughts and prayers to you all in this time of need. May he forever live on in your hearts....
Eddie You will be missed by so many people that you touched in so many ways. Rest in Peace
My deepest sympathy to the Basha family for their profound loss! I never had the privilege of meeting Mr. Basha, but valued his commitment to our community and his consistent and compassionate generosity to those less fortunate. May God bring you comfort and strength during this time of grief, and know that a multitude of people you have never met are praying for you.
Eddie and I first met at a ASBA Conference when he was the Key Note Speaker. While leaving, he notice a couple of ladies trying to help push a car out of the way, he ran in and was the ONLY man to help out. I was one of those women. Later, we supported each other through campaigns for elected office. Eddie was a friend to many...my family owes much to him; as he stepped in and took charge in our darkest moments, when my grandson Brandon died and I lost my husband. As I left the State Senate, he sent me his deepest appreciation for my work for Arizona's children, but in truth, I was never in his league, which made his words more special. He was a blessing in this world.
Siempre lo recordaremos y seguiremos cuidando de su imperio que orgullosament pertenecemos a su equipo d. Trabajadores. Nuestro mas sentido pesame para la familia de nuestro JEFE. el. Sr. Eddie Basha
GOD REST YOUR SOUL COUSIN, I WILL MISS YOUR WONDERFUL SMILE AND YOUR GREAT FRIENDSHIP IN THE PAST YEAR IN EDUCATION.
THERE IS NO ONE WILL EVER ACCOMPLISH WHAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED IN ARIZONA. I AM VERY PROUD TO HAVE MET YOU BACK IN 1967, AND YOU HAVE LEFT A GREAT LEGACY FOR YOUR FAMILY TO FOLLOW.
THE LEBANESE COMMUNITY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER EDDIE BASHA HE IS GREATEST MAN, WE ARE VERY PROUD OF WHAT YOU HAVE DONE IN THE IN OUR STATE.
Rest in peace. R.I.P From: food city. . Douglas AZ.
All of Arizona will miss this truly great man, who served the cities, the towns, and the reservations. You had my vote then, Eddie, and you still have it yet today!
We have lost an honorable man and great arizonan.
Prayers for the family.
One of my fondest memories from grade school was taking a field trip to Bashas. We had a wonderful tour guide and got to taste that amazing baked bread with butter. I was hooked. My thoughts are with the Basha family.
RIP Mr. Basha. I am a cashier at one of the Basha stores. I have been blessed to meet some of the Basha family, but I never got to meet Eddie. What a wonderful person he was. He is someone who was loved by so many. Thank you, Mr. Basha for all you have done. My thoughts go out to the Basha family and my coworkers.
The children of Arizona have lost their best friend. ALL the people of Arizona have lost a model citizen. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Nadine and the Basha family.
Naomi and Gene Karp - Tucson
My heart goes out to the Basha family and all of Arizona. I truly admire Mr. Basha. We all share in the loss and will remember his kindness and chairity.
God bless you Eddie! Rest in peace.
Eddie will always be an inspiration to all of us. Go with God condolences to his family and those that loved him. He will be deeply missed.
My mother Edra Cobb was a schoolmate of Eddie's and always spoke highly of him. I had the honor of knowing Mike and Ike growing up and later Trey and LeeAnn. The Basha name has always brought with it respect and admiration, and Chandler will be missing her loyal and generous son. Rest in peace.
Arizona will miss you Eddie.
Great but humble.I worked 23 yrs for Eddie. Raised my two girls while working at store 50. You touched alot of lives and will be missed
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Basha family.I had the privilege of working at Bashas' for 25 years and I can still remember the first day I met Eddie,I was working at a Bashas' store in Mesa and there was a buzz going around the store about Eddie visiting that day. I recall wondering If a man of his stature would be driven to the store in a limo or some expensive car, after all he owned several grocery stores. I was gathering grocery carts from the parking lot when a white later model chevy pickup pulled into a parking spot near the back of the parking lot, Eddie hoped out of the truck and walked over to a group of grocery carts, lined them up and pushed them into the store. I will never forget the humbleness and humility of the first time I met Eddie. From that day forward I rarely entered a Bashas' store without collecting a few carts on the way in. Thank You, Eddie! Rest in Peace.
You were loved by so many . Thank you for all you've done for Arizona .you will never be forgotten
To the Basha family may the creator bless you and be with you in your time of sorrow. Eddie and his family have been a friend of the Gila River Indian Community for as long as I can remember. He will surely be missed- his friendly smile and great sense of humor. Its been an honor to have known Eddie as a true friend. Former GRIC Lt. Governor Cecil F. Antone
Nothing but the kindest words for Arizonas' kindest & most humble native.
I recall a time, years ago, that I greeted him by saying, "Hello Mr Basha." He stopped & turned towards me & responded, "Mr Basha, is my father. I'm just Eddie."
Whelp, "Just Eddie" - - enjoy your new 'hometown'!
It's been an honor to work for you.
My sincere condolences to the family. Eddie have much to Arizona, and will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you
Our thoughts and prayer to the Basha family. I will never forget how Eddie new us by name (Bashas' Members). One day my husband and I was working at the store and I don't think it was until then that he finally put us together as husband and wife...we just laughed and said, yep! Rest In Peace Eddie!
So sad to hear that Eddie has gone to be with our creator. Our community(Gila River Indian Community) has always done business with him since his store was opened on Octillo Road near Sun Lakes. I remember going with my great grandfather in our wagon in the early 1960's as a little girl from Stotonic to get groceries at his store. Truly a man with vision and compassion for his fellow man. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to the family. Please know that he was loved by so many for all that he did. We will miss you "Eddie" and thank you for the wonderful stone bear that you gave Cecil! We cherish your gift as it sits on our book shelf with our other memorable gifts we have received. God Bless You All! Former GRIC's Lt. Governor Cecil F. Antone's wife-Stephanie
Godspeed Eddie Basha........Thank you for giving so much of yourself. You will be missed!
Thank you Eddie for all that you did for our city and state. May your family find peace in the difficult time. May your legacy live on through your business and family.
My heatfelt sympathy goes out to the family & friends of Mr. Basha. We moved to Mesa,Arizona in 1960 & our family shopped at Bashas, respected & honored your family business to this day. God bless your good soul, Mr. Basha and thank you for your giving heart. Amen.
Eddie Basha. You showed the nation and in particular Arizona that success doesn't always go to your head and you carry on doing good things for those unable to do them for themselves. You are a beacon of light and inspiration to all those entrepreneurs who dare to follow their dreams. Rest in peace my friend.
My heart, prayers and condolences go out to the Basha family. He was a very respected man and loved everywhere. R.I.P
Going to miss you, Big Guy. Thanks for all you've done for our city and state.
I had the pleasure of meeting Eddie several times. He was as funny as he was generous. A true Arizona Icon. My prayers go out to his family.
As a member for almost 22 years, he was a fair and honest man. Always treated all his members with respect. He will be truly missed by all. My prayers go out to his family and all of our bashas members.
You will be missed. R.I.P.
To all the Basha family our hearts go out to you all. He was a man of great honor, vision and honesty. His speech at my uncle Norman's funeral was one for the ages. He embodied character and was a great family man and businessman. He did so much for the community and build one of the best grocery empires in Arizona. From all of the Saba family our great sympathy for your tragic loss. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. He was a very special man to all of us.
I have always loved the sweet fun caring man I knew when I was 16 and you were 29. I was dating your (then) brother-in-law, and even then I knew what a special human being you were. I know you have been welcomed into the gates of heaven.
Nadine and family I am so sorry for your loss. Knowing how honest his intent was to improve thewelfare of everyone in our community I didn't vote for years after supporting his run for governor and the resulting outcome. His presence will be missed but we are a better people, state and communities for his action and passion. Thank you for all your family has done to make this world a better place.
Eddie Basha was truly one of the great men of our time. I think we are all better off for knowing you. You will be missed.
My heart and prays go out to his entire family.
He was such a great man. A great loss to our community and his family.
Arizona has lost a wonderful man, but his legacy will last forever. He was truly a giant among men.
I met Eddie on a Stanford Alumni trip to Italy around 1999. I had no idea who he was. We enjoyed each other's company. He was a great guy. He was already planning his next trip to go hiking in Spain and suggested I go along . I told him I couldn't make it but we exchanged contact info. When I got home from Italy I received a package from Eddie Basha. It was a beautiful Arizona themed paper weight for my desk with his name inscribed. I will always keep and admire it and think of my friend Eddie. I am reminded of what another friend once said when asked how he wanted to be remembered. He said " I don't want to be remembered, I want to be missed.". Rest in peace Eddie. You will be missed.
You have been such an inspiration to my famoliy and an true fellowChristain. Meet up with Eddie Lasure up there, who was probably a classemate. You have both been a great inspiration and mentor to our family. You will always be in our hearts and prayers.We have shared many "peace be with you at St. Andrews- peace be with you, my friend......
I loved working for the Bashas' Corporate Real Estate Offices. Eddie was a very serious man but often played jokes on unsuspecting Secretaries. He loved his sons and would come down the hall giving each one that was there a kiss. Till we meet again. Nikki
Our prayers to the family. May your legacy of love and generosity live within your children.
When I went to Saint Francis Xavier Grammar School in the 1950's, it seemed there was a Basha child in every grade. A wonderful family, that everyone knew was headed by a wonderful father, Mr. Basha.
For years, as I travel around the state for my job, I have been impressed as I see the Basha's supermarket in places that would not have a supermarket if not for Eddie Basha. His great heart, and the whole family's generous spirit, trying to ensure fresh, affordable and good food for all Arizonan's is greatly appreciated. Eddie, we will miss you, but we know your kind spirit has been instilled in your family. Thank you for all you have done! You will not be forgotten.
Thank you, Eddie, for your leadership. You have enriched the lives of those who knew you by your kindness and goodness. You have made Arizona a better state. I wish you and your family Love and Peace.
Eddie Basha God Bless you i have been with the company for 12 yrs it was my first job and been here since 2001 I was able to meet you 1 time in Sierra Vista about 5 yrs ago you are a great man and alway will be remembered in my heart thank you so much
Prayers for the family may he RIP! Glad he was in our lives in Arizona.
Nadine and the boys,thank you for sharing Eddie with us. May you be comforted.
I will miss Eddie's humor, big smile and his big hugs.
The state and the Navajo Nation lost a great long time friend. We will feel the void but we will always feel the love you gave us.
May you soar with the eagles, my dear friend. I love you dearly. Thank you for your friendship and the many pranks you played on me. Give Art Chappa a hug for me in heaven.
Show Low,Az and Navajo Nation
May God bless you Eddie and may The Blessed Mother guide you to the heavenly Father. My prayers are with you and your family. RIP
You were a very good man Eddie! Thank you for your contribution to Hunanity.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Basha.
Arizona a was a better place because Eddie cared. His greatest will not be forgot. Th ank you Eddie.
Thanks for the grocery stores in Crownpoint, New Mexico and Chinle. You were wonderful.
Eddie was a legend who never thought of himself as anything other than a common home town grocer. There was no greater prankster--no greater humanitarian--and not many leaders with his courage and compassion. It's a huge loss--leaving a big hole in a lot of hearts.
My mom, Katherine Richards was a teacher in Chandler for 34 years....she has always held Mr Basha in the best of regards. Every time that she talked about Mr Basha you felt that you knew him personally. It is with sad hearts that we say good bye way too soon. Rest in Peace....
A great man that loved and respected his employees. You will be missed!
Memories of the Basha family when I lived in Arizona. RIP ....
Good bye brother Eddie. The Navajo people will miss Eddie as well as all the Native American artists that you made friends with and whose art graces the gallery in Chandler. including myself. He was a great supporter of the arts. And also thank you for opening 5-6 Bashas on the Navajo Nation
Eddie was a great person, heaven got another angel today.
My deepest sympathy to Nadine and the boys. Eddie and I were high school buddies during the best time in history - the 50's. When I saw him last year, although he was ailing, his zest for life, commitment to justice for all human beings and his well-honed skill as a practical jokester were all as energetic as ever. I'm blessed to have known him. I grieve.
What a great man. My dad coached Eddie at Chandler High. Always said such good things about him. Mr. Basha paid for and sent all the food for my father's funeral (Ed Anderson) in 1989. What a generous and caring person.
Terrible loss....have shopped @ Bashas' 32/Shea since it opened many years ago. He will be missed by many.
So sorry to hear about the Basha family loss. I voted for Eddie when he ran for office and always thought he was a great leader in the community.
My sympathy goes out the Basha family. There are few men like Eddie. He will be missed by his larger family of Arizona.
Eddie was a great champion of children and public education; a voice of reason and compassion in an often chaotic and unreasonable world. He was also a tremendous and dear friend. My prayers and thoughts are with Nadine and the family. My sincerest sympathy.
My condolences to the Basha family, he will be greatly missed.
Arizona lost a wonderful person today. Eddie was larger than life and did so much for everyone whose lives he touched. He will be missed!
My heart-felt condolences to Mr. Basha's beautiful family. May God sustain them with His right hand as He comforts them thru their loss. I know he was such a blessing to thousands of people with his generosity in helping schools, the community in all he did. May he rest in peace from such long labor of love . We shall miss you very much in our community and bless your family in all they do. <3 gloria
All I can say is Thank you. Thank you for the career that has help me raise my children. For the opportunity provided from an Arizona company where we are more than just employees. I respected you before I ever went to work for Bashas. You will be missed so much. A giant has gone to heaven. We will continue to represent your name with pride. God bless you Eddie!
Eddie Basha was a man I will always admire. Not just for his business success, but for his goodness and kindness to all people from all walks of life. God bless him and grant strength and peace to his family. My son, Rick, was blessed to have worked for Mr. Basha for several years before completing college and changing careers.
I am deeply saddened at the passing of one of the most humble men that I have ever met. His along with those of his family the impact that they had on this community and all of Arizona can never be measured by any means.I had the pleasure of work with Eddie years ago on a couple of committees in the public good.My heart and prayers are with the family at this time of his passing. I know the pain of loss. Eddie your work her on earth is done you now fly with the angels and we who knew you are made better people by your person and your mentoring.I was one of many and for that I am most greatful. Rest in peace dear friend, L.Hiram(Larry)Adams
I worked for you for 10 years. I will always remember how you made people laugh. You were such a giving man. May you rest in Peace with my friend Kristen. You two have fun up there together.
Many heart felt blessings to the family of Mr Basha. He was such a wonderful man in our community and state.he valued family, community , amd stood for intigrity, honor, hope, and so much more when it came to the people and state of Arizona. He will be missed with so much sadness, yet so much joy because of the lives he touch. May fly with the angels.
My heart, prayers and condolences go out to the Basha family. Mr. Basha was a great man and he will be missed by all that knew him. He will long be remembered in Arizona for all the good that he did. Rest in peace, Mr. Basha. We will miss you!
Eddie had a great sense of humor and would often play practical jokes. He used to call the house, changing is voice, and pretending he was a bill collector, or trying to sell something. I have hung up on him once or twice. He loved it. What a joker.
May you soar with the Angels Eddie. RIP. Pray for us. U will be Missed..
I remember Eddie Basha sending over platters full of food when Pedro Guerrero passed away. He was such a generous community based fellow. We should all strive to be more like him. Condolences to his family.
You were one of the GOOD GUYS. You will be missed, but you will be Loved Forever. Rest In Peace Eddie.
Mr. Basha is going to be miss by the State Of Arizona, Cities of Arizona and the Community of Arizona. Mr. Basha was a good caring person to help The Education Systmes thought-out Arizona.
Thank you Mr. Basha for your leardship to The State of Arizona.
Your Framily will be in my own family prayer. May Christ give your own family peaces and support from The State Of Arizona.
What a great man! Not only was he responsible for building grocery stores in out-of-the way small towns previously without a supermarket, but he donated time and money to worthy causes, such as education and the disenfranchised. The Valley of the Sun will sorely miss Eddie Basha.
May you rest in pease Eddie I really enjoy working for your company. You will be missed
Mr. Basha was a friend of my former employer, Dennis Lyon. He was a wonderful Arizonan and a terrific spokesperson for our great state. My heart goes out to his family and his extended family of associates. He will be missed by the people of Arizona.
Our families have been tied together for years... You have done so much for our family. You will be greatly missed!
RIP Eddie. You will be missed by all. Prayers for the family. my Nikki works for basha's in Eagar
To The Entire Family,
My heart and prays go out to the entire family. Mr. Basha will never be forgotten for his giving ways. I would like to quote a bilble verse that will give all of us peace within all of our hearts.
"I am the light of the world . Whoever follows Me will never
walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." I believe thats exactly what Mr. basha is doing right now. I ask God to give you all peace within your hearts. We all will deeply miss him. Peace with all.
Your good works are done here. Rest in Peace
Thank you, Eddie for all you did for this state. Because of you my two young daughters were able to a Catholic school in Chandler that you helped financially. I was a single mother and that meant so much to me. God Bless you and your family!!
RIP.....Say hello to Snyder
Basha's is a part of my childhood, and I remember always shopping there with my Mom. Basha ran a great company and was a true community man. We will miss his influence and generosity.
I always respected you and the way you ran your business. Your stores were not so much my markets of choice but my markets of preference. There will be a large void in Arizona. My prayers are with you and your family
Comfort to family. Went to school with Eddie, Been friends since first grade.
Good bye Eddie, we will see you on the other side and thanks so much for your generosity . So many will miss you.
Mothers Kitchen, Tucson, AZ
May your journey to Heaven be smooth...thank you for everything.
With deepest sympathy. Our prayers to the Basha family. May the memory of your loved one become a treasure that you cherish forever. Take comfort in God's love during this time of sorrow.
May your trip to Heaven be smooth...thank you for making our life better..
My the Lord comfort you in this time of loss of your dear husband & father. May all be comforted by his grace. God bless you as you heal. Alta Shneor- Kayenta, Arizona
Eddie Basha transcended party lines, because he was a man for all of Arizona. I was very proud to know him. In fact, I was a member of "Republicans for Basha" when he ran for Governor. Jim Green
"When comes such another."
All my thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Eddie Basha. He was a wonderful man and I am a better person for having met him 33 years ago. He has touched my life like I am sure he touched many thru out his life. He was an inspiration to me. He made me want to be a better person. . . the kind of person he saw in me. I will miss his treasured advice, his wisdom and his wonderful sense of humour. I only wish that there were more people like him in my life and the lives of others. a friend that could always be counted on and a man whose heart was too big to describe. He was truly an honorable man and I know that he will be greatly missed in my life. He may have departed this life but he will always remain in my heart and thoughts. May you Rest in Peace with the Lord
My dear friend. You will be missed by so many. Your legacy lives on. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time
Our Prayers are with you and your family. You will be missed.
So sorry to hear this. Eddie was so kind to me and my family, especially my Dad. He will be so missed. My love and prayers to his family.
i work for the company now sorry for your loss he will be greatly missed
Eddie Basha was a good and very decent man. He contributed so much to the state of Arizona. I can still remember when he ran against Fife Symington in the 90's for Governor of Arizona. He would have made a great Governor in my opinion. Mr. Basha was supportive of gay rights before many politicians in Arizona. He never judged people. He also did a lot for education as well. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Basha family.
Thoughts and prayers to the entire Basha Family.
He was my boss for 13 years and treated me with respect and kindness Nice man be at peace
We are blessed to have had Eddie in our lives and community. Deepest sympathies to the family.
Prayers and thoughts are with your family.
Eddie and his family have been a blessing to so many non-profit agencies for so many, many years, including the Child Crisis Center. He touched the lives of thousands of people through the years in his caring, compassionate way. Our prayers are with Nadine and his family. The world needs more folks like Eddie.
I can't believe he's gone. He will be missed tremendously! Rest in heavenly peace, Eddie. My prayers are with your family, friends, and members.
Steve, Michael and I are so very sad today. Eddie was the most generous person I have ever met. He had integrity, which is something vastly missing in our world today. We admired him very much. God bless you Eddie. Mary Martoncik
I would like to offer my condolonces to the Basha Family. Eddie was a good man and valuable asset to his community and this state. He will missed greatly. It was a pleasure to have know him.
Please accept my sincere condolences to the Basha family and friends. I always thought of Eddie as a sincere man who always tried to help the downtrodden. I also want to say thank you for a beautiful art gallery. God Bless You.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. He will always be with you in your heart and memories.
Great loss to your family and the community. Sad to hear of his passing.
A most remarkable man. I live in Pinetop and know that Eddie's Country Market was one of his favorite stores. We have always called the store "Mr. Ed's."
This was one of the finest people our great state has ever had the privelege to call our own. God blessed us with you Mr. Basha, rest in peace good sir.
I met Mr. Basha years ago at the Chandler Ostrich festival. What a nice man! He was wearing overalls; so down to earth and friendly.
My sympathy to his family.
My condolences and prayers to the family.
I loved this man with all my heart and all my soul. He was one of the best friends I ever had, a champion for all that is good in the world and an inspiration for all of us. Nadine and all the boys, my heart breaks for your loss, and the loss that all Arizona shares with you. Eddie was the best of the best. Joanie Flatt
what a tremendous loss - deepest sympathy to Nadine and all of the Basha family
Rest in Peace, Mr. Basha. I worked for you in high school, and you were always smiling, always friendly. May your family have comfort in knowing you are in Heaven
I worked for you at A.J's Fine Foods, Linclon Rd., and Thompson Peak, in the deli. Thank you for the oppournity. You will be missed, God bless you and God give your family peace!!
Arizona has lost a great man and leader. My condolences to his family and friends.
I remembere Working for Eddie in the late 70's. He always had time time for his worker. We were all family.
I will remember Mr. Basha for his generous heart and giving nature. In 1991 I played for the McClintock Baseball team that was ranked #1 in the state but was kicked out of the state tournament for an error made by administration. We were devastated and nothing could change that. Then steps in Eddie Basha who offered to pick up the tab for our banquet. It was wonderful. First time some of us had ever had Prime Rib, and alll we could eat. Mr. Basha didn't have to do that, but he did because he could and it made a bunch of teenage boys happy for that moment. You were a good man by us. God bless you and thank you for your kindness.
Mr Basha was a great supporter of many youth programs statewide. I cant even begin to think of how many 4-H and FFA youth who's life he changed through his support at county fair auctions across the state. My thoughts and prayers are with the Basha family. Eddie was one of a kind who will be missed.
What a great man in so many ways. He will be missed as he can't be replaced.
A life well lived. Eddie, we'll miss you!
It is a big loss for our community to lose Eddie. I always remember working at Bashas as a high school kid facing the products and hear his voice " hello Chris, how's your mom and dad doing?" And he always knew my name and the people that worked for him. And you always knew his voice. Always a special generous man. When my mother passed away all he did was call my dad personally and offer his deepest condolences. Anything we needed he told us no worries let the Store know and it would be provided. Eddie Basha was a special person, my dad worked for Bashas for 30 some years and he always remembered Our family I will always be thankful for having known him. God bless you and may your family find support and love during this time.
My sincerest respects for your loss.
Eddie gave so much to so many people. Our condolences to the BASHA FAMILY for the loss of their loved one. May you rest in peace Eddie and may Our Lord hold you close to him.
It is a sad day for Arizona with the passing of Eddie Basha. Eddie did a lot for education, and that will be sorely missed.
You will be missed by many. A great man in so many ways and always willing to lead a hand to anyone seeking help. You walked thru the halls of the office building, with smiles and greetings to all. I was once dared to kiss your forehead at a company picnic, for 20 bucks, I was new to Arizona and did not know who you were.. but I did it. and you laughed .. later when I did find out who you were, I was so so embarrassed., You never let me forget it, and I still laugh about it to this day
RIP you will be sadly missed
Sincere thoughts & prayer to the Basha Family. He will be missed not olny by state and city officials but by the every day person walking into a Bashas store.
Thanks to you and your family for your service to the community and providing good jobs for two of my children. Your contributions will not be forgotten.
I am saddened to hear of the passing of Eddie Basha. He was such a big part of the Chandler community and will be remembered for all he has done for the community as well as the state. My thoughs and prayer go out to his family.
Debi Chamness Gyoker
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
So very sad to hear about Eddie's passing. He will be truly missed. My thoughts are with his family.
Thank you for all the work you did for others. You leave behind a legacy. RIP
May you always rest in peace and thank you for all you did for Arizona.
As an Arizona native and educator, Eddie was, and still is, an ICON to those of us who love our state and cherish the welfare and education of our children. His name and efforts live on through his family and those of us who considered ourselves family. May the dear Lord watch over and comfort those he's left behind to carry on his legacy. We love you Mr. Basha!
Eddie Basha will be missed.
Sad to see a part of Arizona History pass.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Praying for his family for comfort. My mom worked for his company years ago and always admired him