Ronald William BASARAB
22 May , 1949 – 31 March , 2019
Peacefully, after a valiant fight against a second round of cancer, Ron passed away at the age of 69 on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at St Boniface Hospital, with his family and friends by his side. Predeceased by his parents, Bill and Marcie Basarab, and his sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Ken Gulenchyn, Ron leaves to cherish his memory his children, Sloane Drennan (T.J.), Ben, and Adam (Erin Dodd); his grandchildren, Tommy and Keeley Drennan; his partner, Brenda Yip; her children, Tyler (Anna Bond), Derek, and Sarah Longe (Jamie); and her grandchildren Asher and Jonah Yip. Also mourning his passing are his sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Don Mellor; his niece and nephews; and numerous extended family and friends, including the mother of his children, Carole Wylie. Born May 22, 1949 at St Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Ron and his parents moved to Toronto, Ontario before his first birthday. Ron spent his childhood on Pears Ave off Avenue Rd and welcomed two sisters before moving back to Winnipeg and settling in Transcona when he was 14 years old. After graduating from Transcona Collegiate in 1965, Ron obtained his Bachelor in Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba in 1972, followed by his Bachelor of Architecture in 1975. Ron never retired from being an architect, working for many firms in Winnipeg, including his own, throughout his career, and on some significant projects, including the Bell MTS Place. Ron was an active member of the Winnipeg Rowing Club where he made many life-long friends. Ron was an avid adventurer, attending the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal; rowing the Mississippi River from Cairo, IL to Baton Rouge, LA; touring the Great Wall of China; climbing to the base camp of Mt Everest; and most recently going around the world in 26 days on the Trans-Siberian Railway through China, Mongolia and Russia. Our family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the staff at St Boniface’s Palliative Care floor, especially Drs. Ted St. Godard and Kelvin Tran, and Dustin, Lana, Charis, Janet, Nancy and Jody, among many others, who provided such loving care of Ron in his final days. We are also grateful to Ted and Janice Dodd, and John Wintrup for their unwavering support during this time. Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 10 am at St Mary’s Cathedral, 353 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg with reception to follow in the Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ron’s name to CancerCare Manitoba (https://www.cancercarefdn.mb.ca/) or the St Boniface Hospital Foundation (https://stbhf.ca/en/donate/) would be greatly appreciated. We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when, But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, 10 April , 2019
- Reception Wednesday, 10 April , 2019
Ronald William BASARAB
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Mark J. Anthony
9 April 2019
In memory of Ron (Baz) Basarab. April 09, 2019
I noticed Ron the 1st day of University classes. He seemed rather brooding and unto himself. He had switched from Engineering and I think, wasn’t too sure about this “Architecture” crowd. He hardly spoke until about day 3, when from the back of the class, in response to a question, this deep “voice” boomed out…all turned to look…it was Ron.
Early University is a formative time in one’s life and if you’re lucky, like some of us that year, you meet someone like “Baz”. And form friendships that endure for a lifetime. We shared the trials and tribulations and passion of learning about a profession we wanted to be part of. There were grinding deadlines and “all-nighters” to get group projects done. But there were also road trips to ski at Whistler or see Quebec City, partying at “sketch-camp”, fall weekends at Lake Ottermere, and lots of family celebrations. Mostly it has hard work, but always there was comradery.
After graduation we moved on to live and work in different cities. Ron and I stayed in touch and crossed paths occasionally; most recently in 2009. In Winnipeg, meeting at NumberTEN to set up working in their Victoria office, I heard (from a distance) Ron’s voice in “conversation” with a contractor on the phone. Upon meeting, the hug (not a hand shake) I got, was no different from the hugs of 40 years earlier. That was Ron…a little rough on the exterior and a lot of heart on the interior.
Like many of his friends, my memory bank holds a special place for Ron and those early years. May it always be so.
“Here’s to a full life ‘lived’, gone too soon.….to be with the Angels”.
Mark J Anthony (friend).
9 April 2019
I remember the boy. He was known as Ronny back then. Running around our grandparent's farm. Always full of mischief, always moving, chasing me and his sisters. How we scattered like chickens when he set his sights on us. But he always tagged us out. One, two, three. There was no matching his energy and determination to win. And always that big victorious grin of his when the game was done. "Stop chasing the girls," his mother would shout from across the yard, as if she could slow him down. He was like a brother to me back then. I share your sadness with the news of his passing. Sincere condolences to family, friends and colleagues.
Phil Reynolds, M.A.A.
4 April 2019
My sincere condolences to Ron's family, friends and colleagues. I first met Ron at a consortium office No. 10 and LM had set up to undertake a large project, at the LM Architectural Group space on Vaughan St. , around 1980. He worked diligently at the drafting board, a few years my senior in the profession. I knew him as a fine Architect who cared about the details and knew how to get the job done. I appreciated, over the years, that he had the confidence to speak his mind, which he did regularly, thoughtfully, and with just the right tone and volume. Also, and even more important, I believe, was the smile, hello, and kind words he had for me and his M.A.A. colleagues at many events over the years. We will miss that, and we will miss you Ron.
4 April 2019
I had the absolute pleasure of working with Ron at Number Ten Architectural Group on Bell MTS Centre together. We weathered the build together, and spent many hours on that site trying to figure things out, sketching details on napkins over coffee at Robin's in City Place trying to warm up on those cold -30 January days. Ron had the biggest voice around, and usually answered his phone with a gruff" Basarab". I will fondly remember the shenanigans we got into at the office, both during work hours, and after. Who but Ronnie could organize "Beers from around the world ? " While he had a big voice, it was his heart that was even bigger. He always had time for everyone, and although we lost touch these past few years, He was a special friend to me in my time of need, and one that will be missed dearly. RIP Ronnie.
3 April 2019
To Ron's Family and Friends:
This message is from Ron's friends at HTFC Planning and Design. We had the great pleasure of being Ron's upstairs neighbours and some time architecture collaborators (we are landscape architects and planners) for all the years he worked at Number Ten.
We all fondly remember Ron's booming voice and infectious laugh which often traveled through the floor boards to cheer our days. Ron was a big personality with a big heart often coming upstairs just to say hi, share a recent adventure, or givetch over a beverage. He lived his life without a filter and we all loved his energy, humour, and candour.
Our thoughts and hearts are with you as you say goodbye to Ron and his wonderful life. Ron may be gone but he will not be forgotten on the 5th floor of 115 Bannatyne. Much love from all of us especially those of us who worked with him most - Jeff, Jim, Heather, Natasa, Glen, Allan, Monica, Bruce, James and Kaili.