Richard (Dick) Andrew, ALS Hon. Life BASSIL

It is with great sadness that the family of Richard (Dick) announce his peaceful passing on March 24, surrounded by his loving family after a twelve year battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife of fifty two years, Jill; children Allan Bassil, Christopher (Barbara) Bassil, Jennifer (Darryl) Kaluzniak; grandchildren Wil, Kaelan, Heidi, Teaghan, Noah, Landan, McKenzie and Kyler; his sister Ann, niece Tracey (Jeff) Siderius as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Dick enjoyed many years of retirement with Jill, travelling in their fifth wheel and enjoying their grandchildren, whom he adored.

Dick was guided to the end of his journey under the expert and compassionate care of Doctors Megan Sellick, Pablo Amigo, Amanda Brisebois, and Social Worker Kim Crowe-McKinney. We cannot find the words to express our gratitude for the inspired, tireless, kind and attentive labours of the nurses of the Grey Nuns Palliative Care Unit for providing all human comforts for which he, his wife, family and friends will be eternally grateful. The family would also like to thank Doctors Howard Evans and Adrian Fairey for the kind and compassionate care they so generously gave to Dick since 2007.

A Memorial Service will take place on April 4, at 2:00 pm at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 11111 57 Avenue NW, Edmonton.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Northern Alberta Institute of Urology at the Edmonton Kaye Clinic,
Northern Alberta Urology Foundation
340 Meadowlark Professional Building
8702 Meadowlark Road
159 Street & 87 Ave
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5W5
St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, or a charity of your choice.

As Dad would say, “Give ‘er”.

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St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church - Edmonton

11111 57 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 0Z6

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Jacqueline Biollo

Jennifer, Chris, and families: As a middle-school, childhood friend – most of my memories are of the faith-based activities that brought us together and grounded our family values. It was, of course, on occasion that I had the pleasure of interacting with your Dad. Having watched both your families grow and interact (over social media) I’m confident your Dad remained a steadfast part of your goals and aspirations – and that he will continue to watch over you and your families, offering love, support and encouragement from on high. Keep the faith – and know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many. My condolences at your loss.

Amin Kassam

Dear Jill and family:

I was so sorry to hear of your/our loss.

Dick was a great soul, one that was compassionate and most giving on this earth.

I worked with Dick at the Alberta Government (1983-1989) and he left an indelible mark on me…to this day. There are those in the world — very few I might add — that you remember forever, for they are generous, ethical, professional and humble in all their dealings. Dick was an outstanding mentor and friend. Dick is one of those that left this world in a better place than he found it in. I hope that thought brings joy to the family and inspires his progeny for the future.

With best wishes and prayers for his soul’s eternal peace and for forbearance for the family.

Amin Kassam, North Vancouver, BC.

Frank and Karen Jenkins

Many happy memories of street conversations and block parties, complete with a pig roast in a pit in Bassil’s backyard garden (including an early fall snow storm). A life well lived and shared.

Chad and Janine Movold

Dear Chris and family, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you find peace and comfort in the days to come. Hugs to you all.

Chad & Janine Movold

Molly Coghlan

Jill and family. Nice memories of good friends and good times at St John’s. Sorry I can’t be with you for Dick’s Memorial Service.
Warmest sympathy, prayers and love.
Molly Coghlan & family

clayton bruce

I was saddened to hear of dicks passing. He will be missed by many.My thoughts went back to our early days with AB Transportation, our hockey team, and the good times we had. my deepest sympathy to Jill and family.

Derek Leiman

Dick Bassil. You were a great friend to my parents and then to my family when I married and had kids. When I was a kid, I really appreciated how you would talk to me like an adult. When I became an adult, I loved how interested you were in hearing about my family. I remember running into you on one of your walks one evening and we ended up talking for about an hour. When we departed, I remember saying to Carol “he’s so nice”. So that’s how I will remember you, a very nice man and a great friend to my family. Rest In Peace Dick.

Gord Langley

Jill and Family, my condolences on the loss of a good and kind man. I have many fond memories of Dick at BBQ get togethers and during “Election time”.
Gord Langley

Dawn Phelan

I first met Dick 24 years ago when I started with the ALSA. Over the years I had the pleasure of working with him in various capacities. He taught me so very much and was always the epitome of a gentleman. I will always remember Dick fondly for his sense of humour and caring spirit. My heart goes out to Jill and the family during this amazingly difficult time.

Sharon, Grant , Erin, Ryan, Blaire Taylor

To Aunt Jill and kids: We all will sure miss our Uncle Dick., especially his stories and sense of humour. He will always be remembered as the “Cool Guy” that started dating our Aunt Jill. His strength was evident right up to his final hours. He will be missed terribly by all.

Chris Bassil

Thank you Dad for making me the man I am today. You touched so many people’s lives in so many ways. I will miss you so very much. You fought so courageously and even at the end you never once complained. Rest in peace Dad, you need not suffer any more.

Brent Thorkelson

Our hearts go out to the Bassil family. Knowing that in time the tears will turn to warm smiles and outward laughter.
Love it.
The Thorkelson family

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