Arthur BASTILLE

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BASTILLE, Arthur Joseph (A.J.), age 82, died peacefully on April 5, 2014, at Abigail House in Tampa. He struggled with decline due to vascular deterior-ation. Born Nov. 10, 1931, to the late Arthur H. and Alvine (Hanley) Bastille in Winchendon, Mass., he was the youngest of 14 children. Arthur attended Winchendon's Murdock High School two years, enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1948 on his 17th birthday. He attained the rank of staff sergeant. In 1952, after his military service, he moved to Worcester, Mass., to attend Clark University. In 1961, after several financial delays, he earned a B.S. degree in sociology. Subsequently, he studied Spanish, Russian and French while pursuing a master's degree in French literature at Assumption College. He worked for three years as a social worker while acquiring rental property in the Worcester "Tech" area. He eventually focused his attention on painting and maintaining the property and being a good landlord to Tech students for 21 years. In 1984, the family moved to Tampa, Fla. He continued his passion for his craft until he was forced by illness to retire. In 2004, after a 45-year hiatus, he returned to Murdock High School to see if it still inspired its students as he remembered. That year, he established the Arthur Bastille Scholarship, to honor students who have overcome significant obstacles in their lives. The school has awarded 11 of A.J.'s scholarships, each accompanied by his hard-won wisdom: "Find a job you love and you will never work another day in your life, create a family to love and support, and give back to your community, sharing your time, energy, affection and financial support as you are able. And finally, love one another.' Fifty-four years late, the school also researched his educational record and presented him a diploma along with the class of 2004. Arthur was predeceased by an infant son, Brook A.; brothers, Louis, Joseph, Theodor, Edward, John and William; and sisters, Beatrice Davis, Sylvia Lamier and Edith Buckley. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Patricia Mary (Olofson); son Mark G. and his wife Bettina, granddaughters, Natalya and Maya, grandson, Adam Bastille; daughter, Morgan Smith, grandson, Jack, and granddaughters, Lily and Hudson; daughter, Amy Driscoll, grandson, Patrick and granddaughter, Brittany; son, Brendan, his wife Joyce, grandson Samuel and granddaughter Anna; and four sisters: Bernice Evans, Jennet Waller, Teresa Prostak, Anne Jewett, and many loved nieces and nephews. Also, Lt. Col. Michael A. Santos, his wife, Arlinda Quinonas, Mary Lorang Keton and her husband, John, and their son, Cole; whom A.J. considered his children. A memorial service conducted by the Rev. Ernestein Flemister was held April 6 following a service of Holy Eucharist at his home church in Tampa, St. James Episcopal House of Prayer, with the choir directed by Dr. Charles Coakwell, a gospel solo by Julia Jackson, and accompaniment by Julius James.

Published in TBO.com on Apr. 20, 2014
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