James P. Bastable Jr, age 72, died March 4, 2019, at Hathorne Hill in Danvers.
Born to James and Louise Bastable on April 13th, 1946 at Beverly Hospital. He was raised in Middleton but made Danvers his home for much of his adult life.
After graduating from Masconomet High School in 1965, Jim served in the Vietnam War as a member of the U.S. Army from 1966 thru 1968. He was honorably discharged, obtaining the rank of Sergeant.
Jim initially began his professional career as a machinist at United Tool and Die, ultimately becoming involved with the founding of Aries Modular Synthesizers in 1975. After his time with Aries, Jim pursued a long career as an Electrical Engineer, working as a contractor for several companies, but spending the last 20 years of his career at AES Corporation in Peabody. Jim holds a number of patents for his work in the electronics field.
In his spare time, Jim was an avid fan of photography and astronomy, being as much of a fan of the stars he observed as he was with the optic technology that made it all possible. An active member of the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, he often volunteered his time to their Young Astronomers Program, teaching interested youth about the basics of stargazing.
Jim leaves behind his loving family; Wife, Barbara Bastable, a son and his wife, Dan and Brittany Bastable of Danvers, MA, their two children, Ava, 6, and Mason, 2, his brother Rick and his wife Jean of Middleton MA, a sister, Laurie, and her husband Dave Bouchard of Connecticut and several nieces and a nephew.
A proud husband, father and grandfather, Jim was a consummate problem solver and always willing to extend help to those in need. He will be dearly missed but always remembered.
|My sincere condolences to the family of Jim, an intrinsically good, kind and honorable man. I am grateful to have been friends with Jim and admired him for his strength of character- he was peaceful, respectful of others , his words were thoughtful, helpful and wise. I will remember and miss him. Clear and starry skies, Jim - Dave L.