Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Sad Loss

Matt Bashaw (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics)

Yesterday, I received the kind of sad news that catches you by surprise and you just can't shake it.

Matt Bashaw's father John, a man who was a truly great supporter of Columbia football, passed away suddenly this past weekend.

If you attended any Columbia game from 2006 through 2009, you probably saw John. He was always one of the first fans there, home or away, in his signature Columbia football jersey. Even when Matt was injured and not even dressing for the games, John was there... even on the road.

John always would greet me with a warm smile and plenty of great stories about Matt and the whole team. He had a great sense of humor and couldn't have been more friendly to me and the parents of the other players.

I wish I could offer some words of comfort, but for now all I can think of is how much I'll miss John and how tragic it is that he will miss Matt's graduation in May. Something tells me that on Class Day, John would have been the first one there.

The wake for John Bashaw will be at Higgins & Bonner in Westfield, NJ on Wednesday from 7pm-9pm and Thursday from 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm.

The funeral is Friday at 9:30am at St Michael's in Cranford, NJ.


At Wed Mar 17, 12:38:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From his wicked sense of humor to his great ability to stir up some fun, Columbia football has lost a true supporter and a friend.

At Wed Mar 17, 07:29:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Alex's Dad said...

I remember being welcomed by John at the first Columbia game we attended when our son was a freshman. Thereafter he was always one of the first to greet us and find out how we were doing. When Alex was hurt last year he was always asking us how he was doing with genuine concern. Agree that Columbia football and all of us football parents and supporters have lost a great friend.

At Thu Mar 18, 12:05:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger DOC said...

Sounds like a wonderful man was lost. We need enthusiasm like his to continue to enrich our program. May his memory be eternal and may he continue to inspire support for Columbia Football.

At Fri Mar 19, 08:19:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John was a great man, father,husband, friend and supporter of Columbia football.


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