Basil Neil Bethune

May 8, 1937 ~ August 4, 2021 (age 84)


2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Our patriarch, gentle spirit, adoring husband, nurturing father and grandfather, pillar, and source of inspiration left us on August 4, 2021.

Basil was married to the love of his life Catherine (nee Hanley) for 58 years, and they built a beautiful life together in North Bay. They were blessed with four children who mourn and celebrate their father: Karen Lishman (John), Brian (Pam), Dean (TracyAnn), and Dale (Laurie). Basil will be deeply missed by his grandchildren Sarah, Meg, Matt, Ben, Braeden, Allison, Addie, Jack, Owen, and James. His wife Cathy and each of his children and grandchildren were a tremendous source of love and pride for Basil.

While his children and grandchildren were growing up, Basil happily spent a lot of time at the rink, theatre, dance and music recitals, and sports fields.  He was always very proud and interested in all their accomplishments. He loved good conversation, hearty laughter, country music and a meal with his family, and helped to make many wonderful memories at the large Bethune family Christmas gatherings at the RCAF 406 Wing.

When their children were grown, Basil and Cathy moved to their cottage on Lake Nosbonsing for many years. The cottage was Basil’s favourite place to be, and while serene and quiet, it was also a gathering spot where friends and family were always welcome.

Missing their brother are Marg (Gord Ross-deceased), Jack (Alice-deceased), Ray (Patricia-deceased), and Catherine (Tookie) (Dave Brennan) who have fond memories of growing up together on Fourth Avenue. Basil will be fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews for his kindness and warm smile.

Basil was predeceased by his parents Joe and Kate (nee Hicks), and siblings Fergus (Dorothy), Frank (Carol)  and Angus, and the friends who went before him. They gave him safe harbour across the great divide and were there to welcome him home.

Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Rotondo, and to the CCU nurses and doctors at the North Bay Regional Hospital for their tireless and compassionate efforts in treating Basil during his recent illness. In memory of Basil, you may wish to donate to the North Bay Regional Health Centre, the North Bay and District Association for Community Living, or a charity of your choice.

We are so grateful for the love and prayers that were sent to Basil and our family during his valiant fight. Basil’s favorite colour was purple; when you wear something purple or when something purple catches your eye, please take a moment to think of Basil and the full, rich life he lived.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption on Wednesday August 11, 2021, at 10 am. COVID protocols remain in place requiring social distancing and the wearing of masks in the Church. Online condolences may be made at

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Mass of Christian Burial
August 11, 2021

10:00 AM
Pro Cathedral of the Assumption
480 McIntyre Street West
North Bay, Ontario P1B2Z4


North Bay Regional Health Centre
50 College Drive, North Bay ON P1b5a4
Tel: 1-705-474-8600

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