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Alexander C. Basta, owned insurance agency

May 10, 1940 – May 13, 2015

Alexander C. Basta of Lewiston, retired owner of Al Basta State Farm Insurance Agency, died Wednesday at Niagara Hospice House in Lockport. He was 75.

A lifelong resident of the Niagara Falls and Lewiston areas, he graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1959 and later attended the Vale School of Real Estate and Insurance in Newark, N.J.

Mr. Basta owned and operated his insurance agency in Niagara Falls for 38 years, until his retirement in 2000. During that time he was the recipient of accolades as one of the area’s top insurance agents, including the President’s Club Ring for being one of the top 25 agents in the U.S. in life insurance sales. He also earned the Silver Scroll, the Bronze Tablet, and the Crystal Excellence awards from State Farm.

Affectionately called “Biggie” by his grandchildren, he enjoyed attending their school and sporting events.

Mr. Basta and his wife were extensive travelers, having visited 20 different countries as well as spending their winters in Jupiter, Fla. One of his passions in life was golfing, and had was credited with two holes-in-one. For the past 15 years following his retirement, he golfed five days a week at various golf clubs locally and in Florida, including Trump National Doral Miami, Desert Springs Golf Club and PGA Golf Club.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Rosemary F. Montana; three daughters, Stephanie J. Rockwood, Dr. Joanne C. Basta and Christine A. D’Aloise; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Peter Catholic Church, 620 Center St., Lewiston.

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