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Michael Bastardi, 81, his son Guy Bastardi, 49 and a family friend Daniel Longo who joined them to run errands and for Sunday Pasta at Michael Bastardi’s daughter Roseann Guzzo’s house in Yorktown, they were preparing for a family vacation in Wildwood Crest, along the New Jersey Shore.
Roseann Guzzo said she began to worry when they didn’t arrive and weren’t answering the phone “I kept calling them and there was no answer.”
Michael Bastardi a Korean War Veteran whose wife died two years earlier, he managed the B&B Auto Parts Store a family business his brother owned before he retired. He moved his family from the Bronx to Yonkers on Lorri Lane in 1971. He had a great sense of humor and he would always talk about growing up in the Bronx and living through the Depression, Roseann Guzzo said. He was always helping other people, he felt it was his duty to reach out his hand to help others, he was giving and kind, his daughter said, ” You could be a total stranger and my father would help you out.” When he was in the army, he worked as a truck Mechanic, and then later he put his skills to use in the auto parts business. “He could take a car apart and put it back together, said Margaret Nicotina, 50. Mr. Bastardi could do anything, he was a wiz on computers, he would download music and family photos on the computer. He had a love for opera music, he had so much wisdom. Michael Bastardi leaves behind two daughters, a son, 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
“He was a wealth of knowledge, and we didn’t feel like grandkids, I felt like a son.” said his grandson Joe Nicotina, 30.
“It’s so surreal to the whole family, grandpa was the rock, he was the center of the family,” said Jeanne Bastardi. Family members are all filled with shock and disbelief, we’re completely overwhelmed with grief.
Guy Bastardi was the general manager for Bridge Auto Parts stores in Yonkers and he once worked as a Chef. He was single and lived with his father at the family home in Yonkers. “Guy loved to travel, he loved to take trips to the Cayman Island and London. He loved life, he took after my father, he was a lot like my father in many ways, he would give you the shirt off his back,” his sister Roseann Guzzo said about her brother.
“Guy had taste, you loved getting gifts from him. You didn’t want to open the box he was so meticulous. Lord & Taylor, Saks Fith Avenue you name it, only the best,” said Jeanne Bastardi. Family members gathered together in Yonkers, New York remain in shock trying to come to grips with what happened.