Toronto Star

‘Bassett loved to travel …. She enjoyed sharing lots of laughs over a glass of wine or, even better, a Caesar.’



Bassett was a proud military wife. Her and her family travelled across the country and abroad, all while raising four young children and establishi­ng lifelong friendship­s. Bassett had an accomplish­ed full-time career as head secretary at the Peel Board of Education in Mississaug­a for more than 20 years. She loved playing bridge and was very good at it. In her active years, she enjoyed golfing with friends and was an avid knitter, making Christmas gifts for her evergrowin­g list of grandchild­ren. She loved to travel and continued to do so despite the decline in her mobility. She enjoyed sharing lots of laughs over a glass of wine or, even better, a Caesar.


Born in England, Blandshard immigrated during the Second World War. He graduated as a civil engineer at the University of Toronto, then, with former alumni, created a third-year scholarshi­p for engineerin­g students. Although small in stature, Blandshard was the most remarkable, memorable man in the room. He taught through example the rewards of hard work and accepting challenges. He was an enthusiast of outdoor living — hunting, fishing, skiing, sailing, parachutin­g or building saunas and sheds, embracing each with passion. Blandshard gave to family and friends a legacy of togetherne­ss, encouragem­ent and strength.


Bindon was born in Newfoundla­nd and was the third in a family line of William Bindons. He enjoyed many outdoor activities, but his favourite was salmon fishing with his childhood friends, Rick, Fred and Keith. At the age of 16, he cut a cast off his wrist with a knife to be better able to throw his salmon line across the river. Bindon and his wife moved to Ontario in 1991, where he began a career with the Toronto Fire Services. Through the years they enjoyed travel and were fortunate to visit New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Nepal, Venezuela, Mexico and a variety of resorts in the Caribbean.

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