Douglas Garns Bast, 83, handed away peacefully at Doey’s Home (Washington County Hospice) on March 4, 2021.
Doug was born on March 13, 1937 and predeceased by his mom, Malinda Lecretia Gail (Garns) Bast; father, Gerald Douglas Bast Sr .; and his little sister, Suzanne.
He’s survived by his half-brother, Gerald D. Bast Jr. of Charles City, WV; her uncle, the Reverend Bob Krempels; a niece and a nephew; many cousins; his former spouse and buddy, Carolyn Scadden Aiken; and her longtime buddy, Zita Garazo.
Doug graduated from Boonsboro Excessive College in 1955 and attended Dickinson School in Carlisle, PA and Shepherd School in Shepherdstown, WV. He additionally studied on the Medenhall College of Auctioneering and the Chicago College of Inside Design.
He was the third era member of the family to personal and function the Bast of Boonsboro furnishings retailer. This outstanding Important Avenue institution opened as a cabinetry retailer in 1837 and was referred to as upon to offer company companies in 1862 in the course of the Civil Struggle.
The corporate subsequently continued as a mixed operation, providing each furnishings and funeral companies.
Through the Nineteen Sixties, the 2 firms have been separated. When it closed in 2011, it was the oldest working furnishings retailer in Maryland.
The Boonsborough Historical past Museum has been a Important Avenue landmark for 46 years and is a testomony to Doug’s discovery and preservation of artifacts from almost each conceivable phase of our planet’s historical past.
However, his assortment from the American Civil Struggle is probably the most well-known. In 2018, he fashioned a non-profit group to make sure this Boonsboro award will proceed to thrill and educate guests for years to return.
Doug has helped numerous folks of their quest for family tree and native historical past data. He grew to become often called “The Historian of Boonsboro” and was instrumental within the creation of the Boonsboro Historic Society. He was one among its founding members.
He has additionally been energetic with the Washington County Historic Society, the Rural Heritage Museum, and served on the Washington County Historic Advisory Committee.
In 2012, he co-wrote a e-book on Boonsboro.
His insatiable curiosity and seek for attention-grabbing artifacts led him to interact in scuba diving and caving.
He was at all times out there to assist clarify aspects of historical past, folklore and valuation of antiques.
And, he cherished nothing greater than main excursions of his beloved museum.
Along with his collective affairs and pursuits, Doug has been actively concerned in neighborhood and public actions and has served as Deputy Mayor, Metropolis Councilor and Police Commissioner of Boonsboro.
Doug additionally served on the electoral council and volunteered as an ambulance driver.
Doug was a Naval Reserve veteran referred to as up for energetic service in the course of the Berlin-Cuba Missile Disaster and was a long-time member of the Clopper-Michael American Legion Put up 10 in Boonsboro.
Doug attended Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Boonsboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are inspired to go to the Douglas G. Bast Museum of Historical past and Preservation Inc. (501-C3 non-profit), 113 N. Important St., Boonsboro, MD 21713. Donations will assist guaranteeing Doug’s need to share his extraordinary assortment with the general public is fulfilled.
A celebration of Doug’s life shall be organized and introduced at a later date.
A funeral procession shall be held on March 13, 2021, departing from Bast-Stauffer funeral house at roughly 11:30 am Associates, household and historical past lovers are invited to take part.
The route will descend Previous Nationwide Pike, alongside Important Avenue to the Boonsboro Cemetery Household Mausoleum and proceed to the museum for conclusion.
Doug’s household and associates are grateful for the educated workers at Meritus Well being, Fahrney Keedy and Doey’s Home who offered compassionate care within the troublesome circumstances of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.