Beloved husband of Mary for 58 years. Loving father of Ellen Marie Basham (Don), David Tucker and Nancy Basham. Bauma to Robert Sartini (Sabrina), Cameron Basham, and Sarah Basham. Son of the late Charles and Irene Basham. Dear brother of the late Catherine Basham. Brother-in-law of Robert Brown (Lucille) and Shirley Boudreau (late Gaston). Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Good friend of George Vasiloff.
Jack was born in Lachine, Quebec, in 1926. He received his B.Sc. in Forestry at the University of Toronto in 1948 and M.A. at the same university in 1950. He earned his Ph.D. at Queen’s University in 1958. Jack was awarded the White Pine Bureau Scholarship for highest standing in first year forestry in 1945 at the University of Toronto. In 1946 and 1947 he also received the Leonard Foundation Scholarship for general proficiency. In 1947 he also received the F.K. Morrow Forestry Scholarship for highest standing in third year forestry at that university. His career in forest pathology research began in May, 1948 as a technical officer with the Department of Agriculture in Maple, Ontario. Jack moved to Sault Ste. Marie in 1968 where he continued his pathology research at the Great Lakes Forest Research Centre. He has held memberships in the Canadian Institute of Forestry, Ontario Professional Foresters Association, Canadian Botanical Association, Canadian Phytopathological Society, American Phytopathological Society, and the Ecological Society of America. In 1980 he was appointed to the Committee on Forest Pathology in the International Society of Plant Pathology. He was associate editor of The Forestry Chronicle. In 1993 he was awarded the Canadian Forestry Scientific Achievement Award in recognition of his studies in forest pathology.
Friends may call at the Arthur Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Saturday, January 3, 2015 from 2 pm until 4 pm. A memorial service will follow at Emmanuel United Church on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 2pm. Rev. Nancy Ferguson officiating.
Memorial contributions to Emmanuel United Church or to The Animal Assistance Group (TAAG) would be greatly appreciated by the family.
Thank you to the nurses and staff of the F.J. Davey Home Cedar Grove 2nd floor for the care and compassion shown to Jack for the last three years.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.arthurfuneralhome.com.