OBITUARY

Michael Robert Bastkowski

November 20, 1967April 5, 2019
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Dr. Michael Robert Bastkowski

Michael entered into eternal rest April 5, 2019 at Cleveland Clinic in Weston, FL.

Michael was born on November 20, 1967 in New Brunswick, NJ, resided in East Brunswick, attended local schools, and graduated from The University of Rhode Island and Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, GA. After graduation from Life Chiropractic College, Michael practiced in Deerfield Beach, FL for 24 years.

Michael participated in football, baseball and basketball in East Brunswick Schools and played football at The University of Rhode Island.

He was an avid fisherman, loved to play guitar and paint. Michael was a lifelong New York Giant and New York Yankees fan.

Michael is survived by his sons, Michael, Andrew and Christian, his parents, Dr. Raymond and Marylyn (Young), his brothers Paul, Dave and his wife Colleen, Danny and his girlfriend Gabriela, niece, Leila Page and many aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as his fiancé, Carole Burr.

Michael was pre-deceased by his grandparents Raymond and Mary Bastkowski, Ralph and Mary Young, his brother Peter and uncle Robert Bastkowski.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Kraeer-Becker Funeral Home, Deerfield Beach. Visitation will be April 10, 2019, 6:00-9:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Ambrose R.C. Church, Deerfield Beach, FL on April 11, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

A Memorial Mass will take place at St. Bartholomew’s R.C. Church, East Brunswick, NJ, at a future date. Private interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in East Brunswick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN. (www.stjude.org)

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Reception Thursday, April 11, 2019
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Michael Robert Bastkowski

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Debbie Martz-Moore

April 11, 2019

Through the years I have always thought of Mike and will forever remember him as being my first crush. Even at the young age of 13 he was charismatic, handsome, kind and sweet. I am so sorry to learn of his passing and wish his family comfort in their memories of happier times.

Blase Toto

April 11, 2019

Even though we were from the same town, we didnt get to know each other until we became Chiropractors. When Mike would come up to Jersey to visit family, he would stop in to chat and get an adjustment. Of course i would make him return the favor. He had great hands. At those times, he would often say, " if i come up here to practice with you, we 'd have the whole town coming to the office." He'd also say, "two of the best familes from East Brunswick, the Bastkowski's and the Toto's." Mike' s charm was very endearing. He made you feel good about yourself just by being in his presence. Love ya Buddy.
Rest well

Scott Thurston

April 11, 2019

So many from Churchill football & baseball; roommates in Atlanta while at Life University; workout partner at Coffee’s Gym. But best memory was the 1974 Thunderbird Tri-Hull boat with 85 ho Evinrude we went 1/2s on while in Chiro school. After a lot of repairs Michael and I towing the boat with my 70 Chevelle convertible to West Point lake to bass fish. The boat was an ugly mess but our drives there and back, the sunburns and solidarity of fishing was the best break from Atlanta and school during our whole time there. Mike wanted the fish, I was just glad to be on the water and we got both. We both loved that ugly boat.

Ellen Genetelli-Noel

April 10, 2019

I am saddened by Michaels passing. The Genetelli’s were long time neighbors on Thrush Drive in NJ. The biggest memory I remember is the repetive story of my father’s, Dr. Genetelli, would tell everyone of the time when Michael decided at his young age he was able to go take a walk on his own. My dad had found Michael walking along Ryders Lane, knowing he was way to young to be out on his own, and thankfully returned Michael to his parents, who were quite frantic by that time. Michael Had no fear and was thrilled to think he was just like his brothers. It took a bit of time, but it was a definite memorable time, and we would laugh about it later. Perhaps my dad will find Mike and tell him the story, again....RIP Mike.

My Heart hurts for the whole family,. We send lots of Prayers, Love, Peace, and Strength. Sending extra hugs and Love to Dr. and Mrs. B, at this difficult time.

Rob & Ellen Genetelli-Noel

Joe & Ginger Cervini

April 10, 2019

From the moment we met Mike
8 years ago, he brought many laughs and good times into our lives. We shared many hours talking about sports, health, and music. He was a man with a vast knowledge of all subjects and our conversations were always enjoyable. One thing was always evident- his big heart. We had a love and great respect for each other. Our lives were touched by him and we will miss him greatly. May he finally be at peace. Until we meet again... Love always your best friends (from NY) Joe and Ginger Cervini❤️

Dave Bastkowski

April 10, 2019

When we were about 10, my Parents got Danny and I boxing gloves to keep us busy. We setup a small ring at the top of the stairs outside our bedrooms. After getting tired of going rounds with each other, we challenged Paul (12) and of course, our little Brother Mike, who was 5 at the time. We would introduce each boxer with our birth names but Michael wanted a special boxer name. We came up with "Shamrock" because of our Irish heritage and Michael loved it! In this corner, weighing 65 lbs, Shamrock! Whenever I see a shamrock I smIle and remember those many rounds of boxing. ☘️🥊

Andrew Bastkowski

April 10, 2019

My Father was a powerful man. With the strength of a Bull and the ambition of a thousand men, he could truly achieve anything he wanted to in this life. He feared nothing and was truly a leader in everything he did. It’s mind-boggling whenever i look at his High School pictures, it’s like i’m looking at pictures of myself! I always loved his goofy jokes and overall charisma whenever we’d be out and constantly meeting new people. I feel like i was meeting one of Dad’s friends everytime i’d see him! He was quite the charmer, and everyone he left an impact on can vouch for that. There are sometimes in my younger years where i thought he was part fish because of how much he actually fishes! In the end, my father was a man who merely wanted to live his life to the fullest, as any of us do. It inspires me to chase my goals and aspirations with the same charisma and charm that he has shown others. Always caring. Always concerned. We have some incredible times together, and i will truly never forget them.

This is not a goodbye, but an introduction to a new life that we will share together very soon, and i can’t wait to see you again!

I Love you Dad! I pray for your guidance throughout the rest of my life, i know you’ll be watching.

Rest in power.

Candice Walton

April 9, 2019

The day Michael walked into my store changed my life forever. I said hello and the moment I saw those beautiful ice green eyes, I was a goner...hook, line and sinker. That day started our 4 year relationship while he was in Atlanta attending Life College. He taught me how to love and how to live. We often went to our favorite restaurant, Cafe Intermezzo in midtown. An artist once painted a picture of us while we talked. He gave it to us as he left and said he had never seen such love. And my heart was full. We made lots of dinners together, went fishing on his favorite pond, and many vacations to see family. My family in Florida, his parents in Jersey and his brother Dave in California. That trip to Napa Valley was one of my favorites. We also made it to Fisherman’s Wharf . It started raining so here we are in a coffee shop smashing crabs on the table and laughing. It was a great day. I think of all the small things we did that added up to the best time of my life. He was the love of my life and though we parted, I never stopped thinking of him and wishing him a lifetime of happiness. I think he found that in his handsome boys. I pray that he is at peace with the Lord and many prayers for his family. He was greatly loved.

Dave Bastkowski

April 9, 2019

I wore #22 in football and basketball for years and was very proud when Michael wore #22 as well. I see 22 everywhere. 22 minutes after the hour multiple times a day, wake up at #:22, sit at Table 22, #22 in line and so many other 22 examples. In this last month I saw 22's more than ever. I believe this is one example how Michael and I will be connected forever!!!

John Oplinger

April 9, 2019

I met Mike about eight years ago through his fiance Carole. Mike was always filled with good stories and jokes. And he was always very gracious by serving "his catch" for dinner! Afterwards, he would play his guitar for us. We both also enjoyed playing darts together! He was a good friend and always had a good heart! Rest in peace with the Lord, Mike!

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