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Sebastian G. Basart


Sebastian G. Basart, age 34, of New York City, passed away peacefully on December 7th, 2017, after a short battle with brain cancer, in the presence of his loving and caring family.

Sebastian was born to Monique Arends and Martin Basart. He and his family lived in Rye, NY until Sebastian was about five years old. Eventually his family moved to Kinnelon, NJ where he would spend his formative years growing up. As a child Sebastian was what you might call an overactive child. His mom and dad could barely keep up with him. His parents gave him the nickname “Apie”, which when translated from Dutch means, “monkey”. They would go outside looking for Sebastian and when he couldn’t be found his mom would “look up”. She often found that he had climbed up a tree which he was exceptionally good at. Sebastian was the most influential person of his brother Alex’s life. He will always be his inspiration.

As a teenager in High School, his charismatic personality fostered such an energy that it allowed him to build an extended family of lifelong friends He participated in many sports and activities while in school and particularly enjoyed swimming. He followed his love for swimming and as a teenager he obtained his first job as a lifeguard. Following his graduation from Kinnelon High School with the class of 2001, Sebastian attended William Paterson University where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Arts in 2006.

Sebastian followed the Basart family legacy in the record industry. Coupled with his passion for music, he embarked upon his career at Sony Music Entertainment.

He was at Sony for approximately six years until his promotion lead him to his current position: Manager, A&R Administration Columbia Records in Manhattan.

Shortly before Sebastian became ill, he met a young woman by the name of Elisa Araujo through a mutual friend. After several dates they grew to love each other. When Sebastian relayed the news to Elisa that he had become ill, she embraced his battle and never left his side. She cared for him and loved him unconditionally. Their connection and love for each other will carry on forever.

Sebastian was very spiritual. Meditation and yoga were positive forces in his life, which guided him to lead a healthy lifestyle. Traveling was another passion that took him all over the world: Brazil, Europe, Costa Rica and Iceland to name a few.

Sebastian was a kind-hearted, generous, humble and modest person who touched the lives of many people. His family remembers an incident when he had lost his wallet in New York City. The New York Transit Police found his wallet and returned it to him with nothing missing, including fifty dollars in cash. Sebastian decided to give the money to a homeless man on the street.

Unfortunately, he was taken from his family and friends too soon and will be missed by everyone that knew him and he will remain in our hearts for all eternity.

Sebastian is survived by his mother Monique Arends and her husband Max Munzer of Butler NJ, his father Martin Basart and his wife Kathleen Basart of Sebastian, FL, his brother Alex Basart of Sebastian, FL., girlfriend Elisa Araujo, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews who live overseas as well as his many friends who were family to him.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-8PM on Thursday December 14, 2017 at the VanderMay Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470

A funeral service will be held during the visiting hours starting at 7:00PM.

Guest Book


I will love you forever, My Hero. Now you are my Guardian Angel. Love always, Your Angel Elisa

Elisa Araujo


We are so sorry for your loss of Seb. We will always remember his great SMILE and his beautiful SOUL! He will be undoubtedly missed by all who loved and knew him!!! Our deepest sympathy. The Pagano Family

Lin Pagano


Sebastian, You were a friend and a brother. I think about you every day and every night. You will be truly missed and NEVER forgotten. I love you Dutch.

Joseph Tutzilli


Sebastian, You were a friend and a brother. I think about you every day and every night. You will be truly missed and NEVER forgotten. I love you Dutch.

Joseph Turzilli


You were a star during your life. Now you will shine even more in the larger universe. With all my love, your aunt Constance

Constance M. Basart


Woorden schieten te kort, wat een ontzettend triest nieuws. Ik koester de mooie herinneringen aan hem van jaren terug toen jullie hier waren. Heel veel kracht en liefde toegewenst. Onze gedachten zijn bij jullie ??

Melanie Stapelkamp


You left us way too soon and still can’t believe this has happened to you! So unfair. You will be missed by so many!! Love you my dear cousin and I really hope you’re in a nice and peaceful place now ...

Dennis, Suparna, Charlotte, Neil and Alisha


Beste Monique familie en vrienden, Heel veel sterkte en kracht om dit verdriet te verwerken en het leven zonder Sebastiaan op te pakken. ik ken Sebastiaan niet maar krijg een helder beeld van de bovenstaande tekst en de verhalen van Desiree. Een warme lieve jongen die jullie enorm zullen missen. vera Vloet (vriendin van Desiree)

Vera Vloet


We will forever miss the beautiful person who was Sebastian and he will live forever in my fond memories. I knew Sebastian since he was 5 stopping by the concession stand, I can still see his innocent face as he ordered snacks.

Demetri & May


I am so sorry to hear this. I knew Sebastian from elementary school in Kinnelon--we rode the same bus and hung out from time to time. He was such a kind and thoughtful person. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family. Rest easy, Sebastian.

V. Marotta


You will be missed.

The Gallo Family


We send our deepest sympathy to all. He will leave a legacy of love to all who knew him. We will always remember the good times in Kinnelon and at the shore. May he Rest In Peace and may eternal light shine upon him. Say hello to Scottie, Sebastian. We will miss you.

Lynn and George Cortese


Seb, you were my first boss when I arrived at Sony in NJ. I always admired and looked up yo u. May you Rest In Peace and keep shining.

Rich Sica


You were taken way too soon...You will never be forgotten...Rest In Peace

Ashley Regan


Martin, Kathleen , Alex & Roxy Ernie & I are so sorry for your great loss. Sebastian was a kind loving soul. He made his mark in this world. He will never be forgotten. You always keeping his memory alive. It is the great loss to loose a child.?? We are here for you all. Love You Guys! Ernie, Diane & Drummer

Ernie & Diane Robbio


Monique, Max, Martin, Kathy, Alex, Our hearts go out to you and your family. So devastated by this news of our dear Sebastian. Such a bright star in the world. So handsome, so smart, taken so soon! Baby Seb was at our wedding 30 years ago and I remember it like it was yesterday. Sending all our love, with Bobby and Devin, Lymans, Aglows, Amorosos.....



Sebastian, you let us too soon! Your smile and good natured heart will always be remembered. Sweet Sebastian. I remember a smiling sunny little boy, full of energy!! I remember a handsome young man venturing out on his own..never forgetting to be kind and caring! .God Rest your soul. May you be carried on Angel wings to heaven. Rest In Peace.

Miriam Munzer


Allow us to extend our deepest sympathies and our heartfelt prayers to the Basart, Arends families, Roxy and Elisa Araujo. We are grateful to have been a small part of Sebastian Basart’s life. Though his life was cut short, we shall cherish his spirit that was shared with our family. The angels rejoice and have lifted Sebastian to heaven. Paul-dean & Karen (Twin sister to Kathleen Basart) and the entire Natto Family.

Paul Natto


Monique en familie, heel veel sterkte in met dit grote verlies! Maurice en Charlaine Arends

Charlaine Arends


Afscheid moeten nemen van je kind is het meest moeilijke en verdrietige wat ouders mee kunnen maken. Ik hoop dat de mooie en leuke herinneringen troost bieden. Ik wens al zijn dierbaren heel veel kracht en sterkte toe. Desirée Zijlstra [vriendin van Desiree]

Desiree Zijlstra


Monique en familie, Er zijn niet genoeg woorden om dit te bevatten. Ik wens julie sterkte en kracht om dit verlies te verwerken. Marina

Marina Braun


Monique en Familie. Ik wens julie sterkte en kracht in de komende tiijd. Wat is de wereld oneerlijk, om zo jong, een leven te nemen.

Marina Braun


Lieve Monique, Martin en Alexander, bijna 30 jaar geleden maakte ik 9 maanden deel uit van jullie gezin als au pair. Met Sebastian als wervelend middelpunt; wat een energie en koppigheid! Een sterk karakter, dat was duidelijk. Met bewondering lees ik nu meer over zijn ontwikkeling, wat een mooi mens! En zo vreselijk om hem nu al te moeten missen, veel te jong. Ik wens jullie en jullie geliefden ontzettend veel sterkte met dit grote verlies. Ik denk aan jullie, veel liefs, Jacqueline, Zandvoort

Jacqueline van Deursen


Beste Seb, Je hebt deze wereld te vroeg verlaten. Maar jou ambitie en doorzettings vermogen die je had toen je ziek was kunnen mensen nog van leren. Veel liefs, je mede Aapie’

Justus van Rijnbach


We will miss you and you will always be in our hearts,you were a big part of our family,true friend and always made us Billy,Bill Jackie and Jessica

The Bateson family


Grateful for your existence in this lifetime , Your Imprint on my life and many others is valuable beyond measure. Will miss our life talks and your fair assessments on my ideas. You will always be remembered with a smile and gentle smirk! Travel easy in peace and love !

Marcela Sterling


Dear Monique, Max, Alex, and Basart family - my heart is broken but I'm enriched by knowing Sebastian, the kind and fun-filled person he was. We'll remember him forever. Love, Sarah, Jordan, Brittany

Sarah Terner


I am so very blessed to have crossed paths with you. Years ago all I remember is going to your house every weekend for four and half years. I have so many good memories there with you and everyone else. I want to celebrate your life even though it was short. It's a big loss for everyone but thank GOD I got to know you as the humble, most down to earth , kind person. We'll be seeing eachother again that's for sure on another adventure. Safe travels my friend. ?? ????

Lea Viglione


Gone too soon !Rest in Peace Sebastian, Words cannot.fill the void you leave behind with your family and friends.But you will live on in their beautiful memories of you and the name of the place they reside.



Lieve Monique, Martin, Alex, Elisa, Kathy, Max, Your beautiful and gentle boy will live on in our hearts. Hij blijft bij ons. Ronny c.s.



Sebbie – I’m so thankful for all great times we’ve shared together. You’re infectious smile and laugh will stay embedded in my heart forever. Until we meet again, my friend… x

Stacey Englehardt


Lieve Martin, Kathy en ALex, Ik zoek al dagen naar woorden voor jullie verlies. In moeilijke tijden vind ik altijd troost in muziek. Het eerste wat in mij opkomt: You're a shining star No matter who you are Shining bright to see What you could truly be (what you could truly be) Gerda, Jari, Sven en ik wensen jullie veel sterkte. Love



I am unable to find words adequate enough to express my deep sorrow for the death of a young person, such as your dear Sebastian, who has his whole life ahead of him. Death leaves a deep hole in the hearts of the bereaved, a hole they are unable to fill. But Almighty God, Jehovah, is more powerful than everything and everyone. He purposes to eradicate death and ALL sources of suffering FOREVER (Revelation 21:3-5)! Your dear one is awaiting Jesus' call to rise, with the marvelous prospect of everlasting life in perfect conditions on this beautiful planet home Jehovah has designed for us (John 5:28-29; Psalm 37:11, 29). So keep your faith and your trust in Jehovah strong (Isaiah 55:10-11, Titus 1:2). You can visit JW.ORG, the free website, for more comforting verses. My heartfelt sympathy to all of you.

R. B

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