Albert â€œAlâ€ J. Bashaw, 71, of New Port Richey, FL, entered eternal life Tuesday, February 27, 2018 following a brief illness. Rev. Bashaw was born on April 5, 1946 in Springfield, VT. After graduating from Hinsdale High School (NH), he attended Southeastern Bible College in Lakeland, FL, where he met his wife, Doris â€œJoannâ€ Kelly. They married in 1966 at Prichard Assembly of God Church in Prichard, AL.
After graduating in 1968 with a bachelorâ€™s degree in ministry and education, Rev. Bashaw served as associate pastor of the Tarpon Springs Assembly of God Church. He later attended Florida State University, graduating in 1973 with a masterâ€™s degree in education leadership and adminstration. He served for 36 years in the Pasco County school system as teacher, assistant principal, principal, and Director of Student Services. In 2002-2003 he was nominated for Pasco County Administrator of the Year. Rev. Bashaw was preceded in passing by his parents, Albert V. and Gertrude M. (Burns) Bashaw; and brother, Gary L. Bashaw. He is survived by his wife of 51 years; his daughter, Shellie (Jack) Woods; his son, Steven Bashaw; three grandchildren, Jack and Sasha Woods, and Alivia Christmas (Bashaw); his sisters, Linda (Richard) Bump and Judy (Thomas) Williams; his sister-in-law Olga Bashaw; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Rev. Bashaw was a man of deep faith who passionately loved Jesus as well as his family and friends. He often went to great lengths to help them and offer guidance. He would be touched to know he entered eternal life the same week as the late Rev. Billy Graham and would echo the pastorâ€™s words: â€œSomeday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Donâ€™t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.â€
A celebration of life service will be held Monday, March 5 at 4:00 PM at the First Assembly of God Church in New Port Richey, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Assembly of God Church, 6310 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, FL 34653.