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Monday November 5, 2012

BASSETT, James (Jim) McLean

1926 to 2012 Jim was a successful man in the military, in business, and community activates. Most of all he was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Jim Bassett was born in Woodstock, Ontario where he lived for 43 years before moving to Brantford, Ontario and then in 1969 to Victoria British Columbia where he lived for 42 years to 2011. After more than 20 years battling cancer and heart problems, never complaining, but always determined, he passed away peacefully at the Dufferin Care Centre in Coquitlam, BC, on October 23rd, 2012.Jim is succeeded by his loving wife and best friend, Norma, with whom he shared his life for 58 wonderful years, his eldest son David (Carolyn) of Port Moody, BC, second son, Richard (Amanda) of Ascot, England, grandchildren Westley, Kimberley, Erick, James and Sasha and his brother-in-law, Gordon Landeg of Hamilton, Ontario. Jim was predeceased by his youngest son, the much loved and sadly missed, John, who passed away in 2003, his sisters Betty (Jack) Galbraith, and Jean (Harald) Major, and nieces Margaret Major; but survived by his nephews and nieces Bob, Sue and Doug Galbraith as well as Betty and Charles Major, all of Ontario. In his youth Jim was a member of the Canadian Army Militia and served briefly in the Canadian Army at the end of the Second World War. Subsequently he remained active in the militia of the Royal Canadian Regiment until his retirement in 1964 from the army after having achieved the rank of Major in the Third Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment. Jim spent the early years of his professional life in the retail men's clothing field but changed careers in 1964 when he became an investment advisor with Midland Osler Ltd. in Woodstock and London, Ontario. By 1967 he had become the Manager of both the Woodstock and Brantford, Ontario offices. In 1969 Midland asked him to move to Victoria, British Columbia as the branch manager. In 1974 Midland merged with Doherty McQuaig to form Midland Doherty. After the merger, Jim continued as Branch Manager in Victoria as well as becoming Resident Director responsible for Vancouver Island through until his retirement in 1989. During his life Jim was an active member of the Royal Victoria Golf Club, the Kinsmen, and a number of other civic and social organisations over 5 decades of community involvement. In 2011 Jim and Norma moved from Victoria to Port Coquitlam to be closer to son David, Carolyn and family. Jim's family and many friends all describe Jim as an honest and decent man of integrity, a proud Canadian and man with an enthusiasm for life and someone who appreciated and enjoyed witnessing and aiding the success of others above all else. These attributes and his gentle leadership style aided his many successes in the military, the investment business as a leader, a husband, a father and a grandfather. We love you Jim, Dad, and Grandpa and you will be greatly missed by us all. A family service was held on October 29th, 2012. If desired in lieu of flowers a donation to a charity of your choice would be appreciated

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