A sign in front of a popular State Street, Binghamton bar reads “Rest in Peace Uncle Tony” and bids goodbye to the establishment’s owner.

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74 year old Anthony “Uncle Tony” Basti passed away Friday, November 16.

The life-long Binghamton resident opened Uncle Tony’s in downtown Binghamton in 1983.

According to the obituary placed by the family, Basti was a 1964 graduate of Binghamton North High School, loved sports, music and dancing.

The Downtown watering hole was a favorite hang-out for local hockey players and fans, theater-goers, patrons of the nearby arena and local radio personalities.

Calling hours will be held Friday, November 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Thomas Shea Funeral Home on Robinson Street and a Funeral Mass will be held at Saint James Roman Catholic Church on Main Street in Johnson City Saturday, November 24 at 9:30 a.m.

The family requests donations in lieu of flowers be sent to The Danielle House, 160 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905.