Ed was a 1957 graduate of St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo and graduated from Williamsburg Technical Institute in 1969. He was employed by the New York State Department of Transportation in Hornell for 31 years. He was a member of the Wellsville Moose Lodge # 601, the Kiwanis Club, and the Wellsville Rod & Gun Club; where he was a past vice president. He was a member of the Emerald Hook and Ladder Company for 42 years; where he had served as president, vice president and fire police captain for eight years. On August 6, 2010 he was named "Fire Policeman of the Year" by the Southwestern Association of Volunteer Fireman. He was a member of the Buffalo Club for the Deaf for 40 years and a member and past president of the Cochlear Implant Group of Buffalo. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Terrance A. (Helen) Bastian of Huachuca City, AZ and William E. (Nancy) Bastian of Wellsville as well as eight grandchildren and one nephew. He was predeceased in addition to his parents are two brothers, Terry W. Bastian and Jan H. Bastian.
Friends are invited to call on Thursday from 7 to 9 pm and Friday from 9 to 10 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 10:30 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Rev. Sean DiMaria as celebrant. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations to the Emerald Hook & Ladder Company # 3. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.