Miss that big grin...
Jacob Michael Basta
  • 40 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 6, 1974
  • Place of birth:
    Rochester, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: May 16, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Redfield, New York, United States
Let the memory of Jacob be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Jacob Basta, 40, born on July 6, 1974 and passed away on May 16, 2015. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by cheryl Hewlett on 16th November 2016

"Jake,there is not a day that goes by that you aren't thought of.Some days it hits me like it just happened. Forever loved and missed."

This tribute was added by cheryl Hewlett on 22nd July 2016

"Jake,This would of been your third year at Ironman.I want you to know how proud I am of you and I know right now you are cheering everyone on from heaven.You are forever loved and missed."

This tribute was added by Jessica Basta on 6th July 2016

"Happy Birthday in heaven! We love and miss you! Love from all of your girls"

This tribute was added by Keith Yodice on 6th July 2016

"Happy Birthday Jake, love you buddy"

This tribute was added by Heather Gilson on 6th July 2016

"Happy Birthday! You are always in my thoughts, forever in my heart. Truely blessed. Your girls are growing up fast and are beautiful! They too are truly blessed to have a part of you always in their hearts. Love always!"

This tribute was added by Sharman Shambo on 16th May 2016

"It has been a long year since your passing, we think of you often and miss you dearly."

This tribute was added by Lacey Sheeley on 16th May 2016

"Thinking of you Basta girls. Even though I never met Jake, I am sure he is very proud of you all. Jake you have amazing and talented daughters. I look forward to seeing them every week because they make me laugh and brighten my day. Jess is great with them. She is the strongest women I have known. Thinking of you all."

This tribute was added by Keith Yodice on 15th May 2016

"He Buddy, it was great seeing everyone this weekend ( you missed a lot of food ). Jess showed me all the signs in your name ( pretty cool ). I left you a DF cap in the hole ( just to screw with you ). All the girls are great and Jess is doing fine ( very strong, you'd be proud ). All the boys miss you and will stop by in June and have a beer with you ... Your brother kept me out till 2am ( way past your bedtime) ...We had a toast to you in some weird plastics shot glass ( looked like ketchup cups ) ... All in all it was a fun and sad weekend.. Got to know a lot more of your peeps ... Love/miss you"

This tribute was added by Lauren McIndoo on 15th May 2016

"It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since I last talked to Jake. I can still hear his voice and his crazy laugh, which will always make me smile. We were only friends for a few years, but he was the kind of friend that left a truly lasting impression. My strongest memories of Jake were during the first year he trained for Ironman, and the time he spent preparing for his second time. We talked all the time, comparing training notes and plans, passing time on the phone while on bike trainers, swapping stories about our kids and families and experiences and friends, ironing out frustrations, exchanging triumphs, and sharing an obsession (?) that can be hard for some to understand—and how life changing it can all be. He picked my brain and called me “Coach”….he wanted to earn that medal and make his girls proud, even though they didn’t quite yet understand what it meant. Seeing him at that finish line was a pretty special moment. Jake had such a great Ironman spirit—“anything is possible” is the motto—he didn’t doubt that he could do anything. As it turned out, he was right!

During our very last conversation, the night before he died, we were discussing my daughter’s upcoming high school graduation. He joked about how he would be “soooo old” by the time Carmela graduated from college, and we laughed at the vision. He told me that he thought my kids were great, how he thought of my teens as “his friends, too,” and I remember how proud that made me feel, how much I appreciated that. He talked about all the things he looked forward to doing with Ava, Giana, and Carmela as they got older, how it would only get increasingly fun for him. Obviously, that conversation stuck with me. It seems unfair that these things will never happen. I miss him a ton, and think about him all the time. I miss hearing the stories of him being a silly daddy with his girls, his plans for teaching them new things, or how he looked forward to planning a date night for Jess. When I think about how much he loved his family and loved life, how many people he connected with and the lives he touched, how much he packed into his short time here, and how much was packed into our relatively short friendship, I am so very grateful for his friendship and it reminds me to make all of my own time count. I like to think he’s able to watch over his family and friends, even if he doesn’t answer back…

To Ava, Giana, and Carmela, I hope that you are constantly reminded of how precious you and your mommy were to your daddy."

This tribute was added by Andrea Tarolli on 15th May 2016

"Jake - you were such a great friend….miss you so much"

This tribute was added by Heather Gilson on 14th May 2016

"Dear Ava, Giana, Carmela...You were the luckest girls to have had such a wonderful Dad. He loved you all so much! His joy on his face when you walked into the room. He would just melt. He was a big teddy bear that let you do whatever to him. Even putting makeup on him with the jewels. He was loved by so many people. He touched the hearts of many people in such a special way. He truly was a special person. Hold these memory's close to your hearts. For it is truly a great treasure! Love Nana ❤️"

This tribute was added by cheryl Hewlett on 14th May 2016

"Miss you more than ever today!I know your watching down on all the friends and family that love you!"

This tribute was added by Keith Yodice on 4th May 2016

"Still talk to you every day.... You getting any of it?
Miss you a lot ... Coming to see you soon"

This tribute was added by cheryl Hewlett on 22nd March 2016

"Dear Ava,Giana and Carmela, my favorite memory of your daddy was on May 15,2015 when he put the Sombrero hat on one morning when he was taking you both to school and his exact words were "can I wear this hat to school"" and you both yelled "NO".I will never forget that day!!"

This tribute was added by Jessica Basta on 29th January 2016

"Love you always and forever! ❤️"

This tribute was added by Debra Holbrook on 15th December 2015

"I will always remember Jake coming into the nursery on Mother's Day with those three little girls searching for the perfect gift for mommy. He let them each pick out their own special gift, whether it was a single geranium, a packet of seeds or a huge tree they wanted to put into the vehicle and take home immediately to plant. Great guy, great dad. He is sadly missed and thought of so often. Miss his ALWAYS smiling face."

This tribute was added by Brendan Shambo on 15th December 2015

"Not a day goes by that I don't think about you Jake. Love you buddy!"

This tribute was added by cheryl Hewlett on 7th December 2015

"I just looked through the pictures and they tell it all of what a great daddy,husband and friend he was.Jake you will forever be in my heart.I miss you so much!"

This tribute was added by Jeff Blanding on 2nd December 2015

"Hey Jake
I met you working at Snow Country, I was a 16 year old shop monkey working in the back of the shop mounting and tuning skis. We always had a multi day waiting period for new skis to be mounted, you would come back and twist my arm (really, you grabbed my arm and twisted) in order for you to make a sale with a same day turnaround. Maybe that was why you were salesman of the year twice (in one year) and fished the river over 365 days one year.
Over time you became one of my best friends and I'm proud to claim you as a buddy. Miss you man."

This tribute was added by Keith Yodice on 30th November 2015

"miss you"

This tribute was added by Sharman Shambo on 29th November 2015

"Jake, you spent so many wonderful times with our family being that you and Brendan's were best friends as teens.

We share so many fun memories from Victor and Fair Haven, and some not so fun times as the two of you grew up as teenagers together, but we would not trade one of those moments without you.  Even the 11:00 PM or 6:00 AM phone calls when we would  lament about life, job opportunities, and a few sad moments here and there.  

Erin loves to remember the many times you snatched her out of bed, dragged her down the spiral staircase, out to the dock and threw her in Fair Haven's freezing water.  "She is like my sister", Mrs. Shambo, " I had to do it".

You made my heart warm when you called me your "second Mom".  Well, I have to say, I could not have asked for a more wonderful second son!  The Shambo family misses you"

This tribute was added by Keith Yodice on 26th November 2015

"Happy Thanksgiving buddy..... Hope they have a huge turkey up there"

This tribute was added by Heather Gilson on 24th November 2015

"I will always hold you close to my heart! Remembering the glow in your eyes when you talked about your girls, family,work, and your special laugh. Always full of joy and love. Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.

A candle will always be in my window and a red Cardinal by your picture. ❤️"

This tribute was added by Lisa Tiernan Martin on 19th November 2015

"I never met you, however, had the pleasure of knowing your wife Jessica.  She was my evening/weekend babysitter in her high school years...5 years she watched my children.  Unfortunately, you were taken from this earth way to young and will not be able to watch those beautiful little girls grow up.  I am sure that Jessica will always make sure you are in those girls life and they will remember you forever.  She will be the best Mother for those little ones."

This tribute was added by Katie Bastianelli on 19th November 2015

"Jake. The only real brother I have ever had. I miss you every day. I think of you and Jess and the girls and your mom and rest of your family every day. I listen to my "Jake" playlist often, full of all your favorite songs. Each one brings back a memory and I still can't hold back the tears. I will miss you forever but the lighthearted way you lived every day of your life will shine a light in my every day. I am just grateful to have had you in my life. The kids cannot wait to explain to Colby Jake the significance of his name. You will be a part of our lives forever."

This tribute was added by Heather Trumble on 19th November 2015

"BASTA!! We think of you ever single day! Thank you for your friendship even though it was short here on earth- we will continue growing our friend ship with your girls. Miss you!"

This tribute was added by Beverly Haskins on 19th November 2015

"Jake, you will forever be in our hearts. Keep watching over your girls. I know they can feel your presence."

This tribute was added by cheryl Hewlett on 19th November 2015

"Jake was the best son in law! There are so many things I could say about you Jake but you already know.I think about you and your girls every day.You are forever missed and loved! One of my so many memories of Jake was how he always loved to dance around with his girls and be funny to make them laugh."

This tribute was added by Cindy Radley on 19th November 2015

"I've thought of you, Jess and the girls just about every day since you left this earth. I keep them in my prayers and I'm sure you will watch over them daily. I just know you were about the best friend my son, Bo, could have ever had. I remember when he had a medical issue you wanted to do everything possible to make it better. You two had something very special that only comes along once in awhile. You loved Connor and Erin just as much. And I will never forget you drove so far during that awful snowstorm to my Mom's calling hours because you knew we would need that awesome bear hug and smile only you could give. We will miss you always and am grateful you were in ours lives even tho it was for a short time. Just wish we could have seen you more but it was enough to leave a lasting impression forever. Bless you always."

This tribute was added by Sherry Ingersoll on 19th November 2015

"I remember all the laughs we had in school. When I think of Jake I see his smile and hear him laugh. You will never be forgotten my friend. All my condolences to your wife and girls."

This tribute was added by Nicole Crandall on 19th November 2015

"When I think of Jake, I think of laughter. When I picture his face, all I see is a huge smile. He made college hilarious. To see him on Facebook over the last few years as a husband and devoted daddy to your sweet girls has been such a treat. My love to you all!"

This tribute was added by Peli Woods on 19th November 2015

"To the Family and Friends of Jacob,

Please except my deepest condolences.  It is unnatural to lose one so young in death.  I've found comfort in knowing that "there is going to be a resurrection" (Acts 24:15)  I hope that you'll find comfort in God’s promise that you can see your loved one again during a time when "death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.  The former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:4)"

This tribute was added by Lacey Sheeley on 19th November 2015

"I personally never met you, but I here great things and crazy stories from your daughters when I watch them. They are the sweetest girls and they have a terrific mother. By how they all talk about you, I have learned many things and feel like I met you. They all adore you and you will always leave wonderful memories for them to hold on to forever."

This tribute was added by Michelle Blanding on 18th November 2015

"I think you, Jake, often. Hope you know the impression you left on my heart."

This tribute was added by Keith Yodice on 18th November 2015

"Love you buddy"


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