Condolence & Memory Journal

Jan, it seemed like yesterday when Mark Stein and I flew to Dallas and roomed together to be there in November of 1985 for the two of you. Losing touch through the years doesn't diminish the timelessness of the happiness of your union and offspring. He could not have been either happier or more successful. Not many could have done what he did as a non-native Texan. I hope the knowledge of that and God's grace continues to give you strength. Feel free to reach me at

Posted by Darryl Fountain - Delaware   July 31, 2013

I just learned of Reggie's death. We worked together at H&K too many years ago. He was a hail fellow well met and will be missed by many.

Posted by David McMullen - St. Petersburg, FL   September 28, 2012

It is with deep sadness that I only today learned of the death of Reggie Bashur. I first made Reggie's acquaintance while a member of the Texas Capital Press Corps in 1987. We became good friends, and to this day, I have always considered Reggie to be loyal friend and ally. While Reggie is no longer with us, his spirit and memory live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved him. I count myself very fortunate to have have been one of those. I will always remember Reggie with love and a sense of abiding friendship in my heart. To Jan and his children: Know that Reggie's eternal love will serve as a guiding light and beacon of hope and courage in your lives. And while no words can assuage your loss, take comfort in the fact that Reggie is now with our Heavenly Father, in a state of grace, peace, joy and eternal love.

Gary Garrison
Communications Director/Fundraising Manager
Janice Arnold-Jones for Congress Campaign
Albuquerque, New Mexico
May 14, 2012

Posted by Gary Garrison - Albuquerque, NM   May 14, 2012

i am so sorry for your loss. reggie and his family are in our prayers. may he rest in peace. his cousin--greg danyluk(3302400082) and wife mary(from niles,ohio).

Posted by greg danyluk - niles, OH   March 17, 2012

Jan, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked from Reggie, Cliff, Clay, and Judy my first year and a half out of college. Reggie was such an incredible man and it was such an honor to work for him. He will be dearly missed. I pray that the Lord wraps you and the children in His comfort and care during this difficult time. With Sympathy, Joanna Sherman

Posted by Joanna Sherman - Carlsbad, CA   March 08, 2012


In loving memory of a truly great man.

Posted by Peter Cirona - Mineola, NY - cousin   March 08, 2012

I am truly sorry for your loss. And for our State's loss of a truly caring individual who knew there was a time to reap and a time to sow. He will be missed.

Posted by Chuck Meyer - Houston, TX   February 28, 2012

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, and it was such a tremendous privilege and joy to work with Reggie through the years. He was truly amazing, and there was never any doubt that he loved and treasured his precious family. With love,

Posted by Cindy Smiley - Austin, TX   February 28, 2012

Please accept my deepest sympathy on Reggie's passing. I am Aunt Joan's pastor in PA and over the past months we have constantly held Reggie and you all up in prayer. We will continue to hold you all in prayer during this time of grief. May you continue to feel God's presence, comfort and love in the days ahead. Peace, Pastor Diana

Posted by Rev. Diana Hodges-Batzka - Lemoyne, PA   February 28, 2012

There is nothing we can say to adequately express the sorrow we feel at the loss of our Reggie. He has always been a child of my heart, but we know that our loss is truly God's gain.

Posted by Aunt Joan and Harold - York, PA - Family   February 28, 2012

Mrs. Bashur, I was honored to work on campaigns or in offices with Reggie in Austin. I think I shook the first time I met him, as his teddy bear heart sometimes hid behind a scowl. I eventually learned not to be afraid of him, but to learn from him. I admired him greatly, as did so many others who had the privilege of working with him. Now he's advising somebody, somewhere in heaven. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Cindy Brockwell - San Antonio, TX - Colleague   February 28, 2012


Don't know if you will remember me, Bryan's preschool teacher at Riverbend. I'm so sorry to hear that Reggie has passed. Our prayers are with you and the kids.

Shawn Partridge

Posted by shawn partridge - cedar park, TX   February 28, 2012

Dear Bryan & Family,

May the love of those around you and the memories of love shared comfort you now and always.

With love,

Posted by Heather Billetter - Austin, TX - Friend   February 28, 2012


Our sincerest condolences to Jan and the kids.
Above all his many accomplishments, Reggie was a good man.
We will keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by John & Wilma - Kinnelon, NJ - Cousin   February 28, 2012


Dear Jan and children,

Nothing can ease your pain right now but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Reggie was a very special cousin to me and I know he will be watching over all of us.

Love and prayers,

Cousin Margaret

Posted by Margaret O'Rourke - Charlottesville, VA - first cousin   February 28, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cindy and Pete

Posted by Cindy Hayes - Austin, TX - Friend   February 28, 2012

Dear Jan, Bryan, Will, and Kathleen,

We were so very saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved husband and father. May your good memories of him help to ease your sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love, Dave & Elaine

Posted by Dave & Elaine Powell - Orlando, FL - Cousin   February 27, 2012

Dear Jan,

We are all diminished by Reggie passing. He was respected and loved by many. He was a pleasure to work with and a joy to share moments of reflection. He maintained his good humor under all circumstances. He was flawless in his professionalism. Reggie was a good and trusted friend. Reggie loved his family, state and nation deeply. He was loved in return.

I regret we no longer have Reggie among us but I am comforted by the sure knowledge he is in a far better place. You and the children are in our thoughts and prayers.

With deepest sympathy,


Jack M. Rains

Posted by A friend   February 27, 2012


Reggie, I take comfort in the thought that you are now resting in the arms of the angels, with your mom and dad at your side. Jan, thank you for making the long trip to New York last September with Reggie and Will, Kate and Bryan. I will cherish the memory of that happy day we all shared. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Janet.

Posted by Janet Buckley - Wantagh, NY - cousin   February 27, 2012

Dear Jan,
We are so very saddened by your loss. We have fond memories of Reggie at the soccer fields supporting Kathleen, Ginny and the other girls on the team. I hope your many happy memories will provide you comfort during this difficult time. You, Bryan, Will and Kathleen are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely, Lynn and the Brooks family

Posted by Lynn Brooks - Austin, TX - Friend   February 27, 2012

We'd all be better off if everybody did politics the way Reggie did.

Posted by Ken Herman - TX   February 27, 2012

Dear Mrs.Bashur,
We have a hope for our dead loved ones. For Jesus said:"Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out."(John 5:28,29)
You are in my prayers.

Yours truly,
Emma Jean

Posted by Emma Jean - Austin, TX - Austinite   February 27, 2012

Mrs. Bashur and Family - You are all in my thoughts and prayers in such a big way. Reggie was always very kind to me while walking the halls of the State Capitol, and I shall miss his presence very much. He made our profession better.

Posted by Melody Chatelle - Austin, TX - Fellow legislative consultant   February 27, 2012

Dear Jan,
Our family is blessed to have your family as our neighbor. We've had the joy of watching your children grow. Bryan, Will and Kathleen are wonderful children. They are respectful, honest and full of integrity. A beautiful reflection of their father. I'm sure Reggie is looking down with pride knowing his wonderful spirit is shining brightly and will carry on through the joy of his life... You and the Kids. God Bless.

Posted by Jim Thomas - Austin, TX - Friend & Neighbor   February 27, 2012

Dear Jan and Family, you are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. I am blessed to have known Reggie for 20-plus years. I have relied on his steady and wise counsel more times than I can count. We met on the gubernatorial in 1989 and, I must say, he scared me to death at first! He didn't talk if nothing needed to be said and he did not suffer fools! But, one quickly saw the heart of gold and learned to respect his keen intellect and listen for his quick but quiet wit. I thank the Lord for Reggie's time here and will miss him sincerely. God's blessings and peace to you and to your family.

Posted by Mona Taylor - Austin, TX - Friend/Colleague   February 27, 2012

Dear Jan,
Our deepest, most heartfelt sympathies are with you and your family. We will keep you in our prayers.
The Boisvert Family

Posted by A friend   February 27, 2012

Dear Jan, Bryan, Will and Kathleen,

your dad is simply the best of the best, please take comfort from that. He is 5 years older and I've always looked up to him. His love for family and friends and his honesty, morality and honorability have never varied. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Peter Cirona

Posted by Peter Cirona - Mineola, NY   February 27, 2012

To the Family and Friends of Regie Bashur, As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.Matthew 5:4 says:“Happy are those who mourn, since they will be comforted." Sorry for your loss.

Posted by Ann Dameron - Austin,Tx   February 27, 2012

Jan' we're very sorry about your husband. My condolences for you and your family. your family has been a blessing to us for so many years and we are so grateful for that. Reggie was not only a Remarkable and honest state representative, but a great Husband and a loving Father. He ill be missed. From Ever, Mirian, Joana and Bryan Ortiz.

Posted by Ever ortiz - Austin, TX   February 27, 2012

Please accept heartfelt sympathy in the loss of dear Reggie. We worked closely together as aides in the Ohio Senate Republican caucus many years ago, and his remarkable honesty, humor and honor were already present. He was a wonderful guy. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by Blair and John Adams - Columbus, OH   February 27, 2012


Dear Jan,
I am so sadden to hear of the passing of your husband. My condolences to you and your children. The WTW family is thinking of you at this time of sorrow and lifting you up in prayer. Catherine Mooney-Burton

Posted by Catherine Mooney-Burton - McKinney, TX   February 27, 2012

Dear Jan I am very sad and sorry for Reggies death, eventhough he was a Yankee and a genius, he loved Texas! and he gave a 100%for the great state of Texas!

Posted by stephen cabrales - austin, TX   February 27, 2012

Dear Jan:

My most respectful and sincere condolences and heartfelt symphaty to you and the children!

I loved Reggie! He was genuine and he cared for his family and fellowmen! He oftened spoke to me about his family. I am sorry that I never got to meet you all! He was a leader that lead thru example! God, I am sure, welcomed him immediately to HIS kingdom! Reggie was pure in heart and he and I had a great friendship! Mario Martinez introduced me to Reggie years ago! Reggie was one of my dearest friends at the Capitol. I am a veteran of 25 years in the Legislature and I can truthfully tell you that less than a handfull of people over that period of time had my respect and admiration as did Reggie. I will miss him dearly. I will continue to pray for him as I had done ever since the start of his illness! May GOD bless you and your family! Please know that I will always be there for you or any member of your family!!!

In Christ,
Eddie Lucio, Jr.
956 371-0127

Posted by Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. Dist. 27 - Austin, TX - A very close friend (amigo)   February 27, 2012

Our compliments on a race well run, Reggie! It is with heavy hearts that we say good-bye until we meet again. Sending all of love to Jan, Brian, Will and Kathleen . . . a beautiful family and the joy of Reggie's life.

Posted by Anne Brigham - Austin, TX - friend   February 27, 2012

To the greatest person around--a true mentor and friend. You will be missed,

Posted by Peter Cirona - Mineola, NY - cousin   February 27, 2012

It is with heartfelt sorrow I pray for the entire family and may he rest in peace.

Posted by Maya ingram - Dale, TX - Frirnd   February 27, 2012

We are so very sad for you and your children. He was a remarkable man. Our hearts go out to you . Love, Tobie and Steve

Posted by Tobie and Steve Sasser - Raleigh, NC   February 26, 2012

Jan. We just read the notice in today's Statesman. Our condolences to you and the kids. Reggie was a great guy with an incredible mind and so much fun to be around.

Susan & Maynard

Posted by Maynard Iczkowski - AUSTIN, TX   February 26, 2012

Dear Jan. I am sorry. I cannot imagine the loss. i wish you peace as dwell in the place of wonderful memories

Posted by Peggy Purvis - Galveston, TX   February 26, 2012

Those of us who knew Reggie will miss him. I've no doubt he has entered the Kingdom of Heaven and is resting peacefully.

Posted by Richard Pena Raymond - Laredo, TX   February 26, 2012


Dear Jan, we saw the article this morning on Reggie. You may not remember us from years back when we lived across the street from you on Basil Dr. in Austin. We are the Nardecchia's and we offer our deepest consolences. We will always remember Reggie and his gentle, caring ways. We
wish you and your children strength at this sorrowful time.

Posted by Bud and Helen Nardecchia - Georgetown, TX   February 26, 2012

With profound sympathy to Jan, the children and family.
We know Reggie's legacy at the Capitol and it is one of honesty and friendship. You know his legacy as a husband and father and one can only imagine the love and respect that lingers in your precious memories.

Posted by Mike & Sharon Millsap - Bee Cave, TX   February 26, 2012