Death of UUCC Member Joel Bastow

Death of UUCC Member Joel Bastow

We offer loving condolences to Lee Summerville and the rest of the family of UUCC member Joel Bastow, who, at age 80, died peacefully on August 20, 2020, at Parlin Hospice House in Wayland, Massachusetts.

Joel was an active member of UUCC for a few years, and he and longtime member Lee Summerville met when Joel offered to make cookies for one of our concerts. They married in 2014 after moving to be near the beach in Delaware.

Joel’s long career, including a stint in the Army followed by over 35 years at the National Security Agency, took him far afield from his native Massachusetts, from Shemya Island in Alaska to Northern England and an around-the-world business trip that took him to California, Hawaii, Wake Island, Guam, Japan, India, Scotland, and maybe a few places he was not authorized to tell us.

He finished out his career near NSA’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, while living in Columbia.  After his first wife and high school sweetheart passed away soon after retirement he became an active member of UUCC.

Joel was a devoted husband and father whose travels allowed him and his family to experience the world in ways most people only dream of.  He is predeceased by his first wife Judith and is survived by his wife Lorelei Summerville, sons John and Jeff, their wives and seven grandchildren.

Visit the online memorial to learn more about Joel’s life and to share your own memories.

A celebration of Joel’s life will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020, at 12pm Eastern via Zoom.

You also can view the service via one of these alternative platforms:

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In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the UUCC Endowment Fund or to one of the causes that Joel supported during his life: The Holmes School and Hall or the Ripon & District Scouts.


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