Edward (Eddie) Robert Bast Jr, of Myrtle Beach, SC, passed away unexpectedly on September 26, 2023 at the age of 63 after a brief illness.
Eddie was born on May 25, 1960 in New Haven, CT. He grew up in East Haven, CT, living and loving his life on the beach. Eddie graduated East Haven High School in 1978. He spent many years of his life as a professional truck driver which afforded him membership of the local Teamsters Union of which he was very proud. Eddie held positions with various organizations after having navigating the city streets of Boston in an 18 wheeler.
Eddie honorably and proudly served in the Army National Guard. He was a lifelong member of the Old Stone Church in East Haven, CT and a longtime member of the East Haven Stoners Club all of which enriched his life and friendships in different ways.
Eddie’s longtime dream was to retire to Myrtle Beach, SC; a dream that he and his wife, Carrie, saw through just over a year ago. He quickly resumed his title of “Mayor” in his new home town never meeting a stranger; from his neighbors to his new buddies at the local markets, watering holes and golf courses.
In South Carolina, Eddie had the chance to take up golf, which was more of a social event than a competitive game for him. He loved everything about South Carolina and his new life there. After he and Carrie moved south, he missed his friends and family “back home” very much and stayed in constant touch with all of them.
Eddie was a constant prankster and quick to laugh. He was a joke teller and could make a concrete statue crack a smile. Everything about Eddie will be missed, but that is close to the top of the list.
Eddie is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Carrie) Bast, his children; son Aaron Bast of East Haven, CT, and daughters Chelsea Bast (fiancé James Davis) of Norfolk, VA and Grace Bast of East Haven, CT, sister Deborah Golia (Don), niece Alyssa Golia, nephew Dominic Golia and great niece Ariella, all of East Haven, CT.
He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins, his extended family by marriage and his two fur babies, Munchkin and Nugget. Equally as important are his Stoners Club family and all of his “brothers” and sisters in friendship.
Eddie was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Bast Sr and Irene Bast. Uncles Richard Waibel and Walter (Sonny) Baker and aunts Genevieve Prates and Patricia Livingston.
Planning is underway for a celebration of Eddie’s life to be held in Connecticut in the near future.
Memorial donations may be made to Old Stone Church, 251 Main Street, East Haven, CT, 06512.
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Burroughs Funeral Home of Murrells Inlet (843-651-1440) is honored to assist the family.