Basil was born in Lac Pelletier, Saskatchewan on July 30, 1922, the middle child of a family of nine. He was predeceased by his parents, Helen and Anthony Studer and all of his brothers and sisters. Basil is survived by his wife, Verna, and son Mark (Kari and three grandchildren – twins Everett and Karsen and sister Ryan, of Calgary), son Todd of Dubai, UAE, also Lorelei Rogers, of Limerick, Saskatchewan, spouse of brother Hugh Studer who passed away in August of this year, as well as nieces and nephews.
Basil spent many years in the Yukon as a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate. During these years he made a documentary film called The Law of the Yukon that won awards around the world. He studied Cannon Law at Urban University and travelled extensively in Europe. In 1967 Basil made a career change and followed laicization from Rome he married his present wife, Verna.
During his life Basil held many posts – Pastor, Lawyer, Teacher of languages, Administrator, Mayor of Houston, B.C., Political junkie, family man and until he could skate no more, the ultimate hockey player. His greatest attribute was his service to others and wherever he lived he left behind a string of achievements for the betterment of the community.
Our family would like to thank Dr. Oyebanti, nursing staff and those who worked and cared for Basil so well during his time at Chinook Care Centre in Calgary. Your many kindnesses are greatly appreciated.
Cremation is in the care of Heartland Funeral Services, Olds, AB (403-507-8610). Memorial Service and internment of ashes will be held in the Spring 2012 in Calgary and later a celebration of life in Salmon Arm, B.C. where he enjoyed many years of residence.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.