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It is with great sadness that the family of Donald George Bassett wishes to announce his passing on April 7, 2019 at the age of 70 in Kelowna, B.C after a lengthy illness.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Wendy (Whitter) and three daughters:  Kimberley (Lindsay) Doiron of Calgary, AB, Kerri Bassett of Smithers, BC & Jennifer (Lee) Card of Kelowna, BC; wonderful grandchildren:  Hannah & Alexa Kluss and Aidan & Kaila Doiron, as well as two sisters, Arlene (Gerry) Huber and Terry Barber, and sister-in-law Shelley Mesluk (Peter), and numerous nieces & nephews.

He was predeceased by his Mom & Dad, Betty & George Bassett and two sisters, Margaret Rutz, & Georgina McHenry, as well as his brothers-in-law, Gordon Rutz and George McHenry.

Don will be forever remembered for his love of family vacations, fishing, hunting, boating & especially his faith in the Rider Green dynasties.  He was a very knowledgeable armchair coach & quarterback and correctly called the plays many times for games!

His name is memorialized on the wall at Mosaic Stadium which is very appropriate! Many summers were spent at the family cabin at Waskesiu, SK especially after his retirement from the Bank of Montreal where he had a successful 35-year career which relocated the family to many cities in Alberta & BC over the years.  Travel to watch grandchildren take part in many sports and activities was very important to Don.   He was extremely proud of his entire family.  Our lives will never be the same and we will miss him dearly.  He was a wonderful husband, dad, grandpa and uncle!

A private family memorial will be held in Don’s honour at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Don to the Central Okanagan Hospice House, www.kghfoundation.com or to the Canadian Cancer Society, www.cancer.ca with much appreciation.

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Memorial donations may be made in memory of Don to the Central Okanagan Hospice House or to the Canadian Cancer Society with much appreciation. Link: www.kghfoundation.com, www.cancer.ca




  • Terry Houlden says:

    My deepest condolences to the family. May you bring each other comfort at this very sad time

  • Leslie Gardner says:

    It’s not often that you become long time friends with your boss. He started out as my boss in PG at the Bank of Montreal and somewhere along the line, him and Wendy became our friends. He was the most common sense, practical manager I ever had and such a happy go lucky fella. We shared many laughs and Larry remembers a fun ocean fishing trip him and Don went on years ago that I know Larry will never forget. I wish I could reach out and hug his family right now. I’m so sorry for your loss and I know there is going to be so many stories told that will make you smile as he was quite the character.

  • Jacqueline Malkinson says:

    Kerri & Family, I am very sad to read that your dear Dad has died. Much love and sympathy XO

  • BJ and Jim says:

    This is so sad , very sorry for the loss of such an outstanding man. Wonderful memories with Don and Wendy , whether fishing , golfing, curling , working or our many dinners together , there was always so much laughing , my condolences to the family and many friends , R.I.P. Don , you made life a whole lot better

  • Kevin n Judy Lovett says:

    Kim n Lindsay, and Aidan n Kaila,
    So sorry to here of the passing of your Dad/Grandpa. Our sincere thoughts and condolences to you and your families. ((Hugs to you all))

  • Tracey Hoffman says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. He was such a wonderful man, and he will be missed by everyone who was blessed enough to know him. I will always remember his kindness and great sense of humour. Sending love to all of you

  • Mike and Gail Gelsinger says:

    So sad to hear of Don’s passing. He was a great friend and neighbour at Waskesiu. We loved to talk fishing and about the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He had great stories to tell about boating and fishing at Waskesiu. We loved it when he and Wendy gave us a tour of the lake in the pontoon boat. He will be missed and we will think of the good times we shared. Wendy and family our thoughts are with you.

  • Bill Winters says:

    Wendy and family, we were saddened to hear of Don’s passing after a lengthy battle. Our time with both of you goes back to the early 60’s, playing softball in PA and being friends in high school. How can you ever forget the dances at the old East Hill Hall? How special to have been part of each other’s weddings, playing cards till the wee hours of the morning (mainly to keep Kim company) or driving 4 hours to watch a Rider’s game then 4 hours home. How about being part of a championship bowling team. To a great friend, we will all miss you Don.
    Marsha & Bill

  • Lynn Potter (Brown) says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. My sincere condolences to Wendy and family. May he Rest In Peace. Take care

  • Joy Rossiter says:

    My heart goes out to you Kim and Lindsay and your family at this time. I know how much you loved and respected your Dad. I am thinking of you all.

  • George Bliss says:

    Saddened to hear of Don’s passing. Don and I were good friends through high school. I knew Don’s dad long before I knew Don as he and I went to different elementary schools. George was our milkman and as a kid I would ride around with him in the horse drawn milk wagon on Saturday mornings. I’ve thought of Don many times over the years and often thought of his hand surgery. I suppose that’s not something a lot of people knew about him. It seems many friends are now at the age where they are passing away. It’s sad that over the years we’ve lost contact with our good friends but they are part of our fond memories. George Bliss, Regina, SK georgebliss001@gmail.com

  • Ted, Mona and Paul Bassett says:

    We are very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Although we did not see much of Don recently we remember him as a very positive person and always fun to be around

  • Dawn Ginther says:

    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I worked with
    Don at Home Depot on the service desk. I always looked forward to working with him. He always made the day go by easier with his calm demeanor.

  • Helen (Samson) Christophersen says:

    Wendy & family,
    Sincere condolences and prayers on Don’s passing. 🙏 it was a shock as I checked the PA now obits. Don’t if you remember me but we took the same business course at Tech many years ago… I also joined BMO in 1969 and retired here in Kelowna May 2013! My husband and I are in the phone book and would love to get reacquainted! God bless you all during this time.🙅 Per & Helen Christophersen, West Kelowna

  • Val (Cartwright) Holderbein says:

    Wendy and family my prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of loss. I think back to when you lived in “The Hat” and the friendship and laughter we shared. My heart aches for you.

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