Basil "Edward" McQuaid Captain, CD (Ret’d)

August 25, 1942February 8, 2021

It is with deep sadness that the family of Basil Edward McQuaid of Dartmouth, NS announces his passing on February 8, 2021, age 78, in Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building. Born on August 25, 1942 in Moncton, NB, he was the loving son of the late Basil and Gertrude (Watts) McQuaid and grew up in Donaldston, PEI. He joined the RCAF in 1962 and had multiple postings and assignments, including a six-month tour with the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Golan Heights. Ed retired in 1996 and began his second career in 1997 as the Director of Facilities for the Sacred Heart School of Halifax, retiring in 2012.

Ed was a loving husband and a devoted father. He is survived by his wife Phyllis (Smith), daughter Marina and sons Jeffery (Janice) and Jason (Katherine). He was the proud and loving grandfather of Brendan and Rylan and enjoyed attending their sporting events, especially their hockey games. Douglas and Kate Stewart-Good were also special to him. He was a loving big brother to his sisters Phyllis (the late Brian) Lewis, Pearle (Brian MacRae), Theresa (Mike) Avery, all of PEI, and brother Allan (Toronto). He was predeceased by his sister Evelyn Wolfe (Kenny Evans), brothers Peter and Gary, aunt and godmother Pearl Giggey, and many other aunts and uncles. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. He maintained friendships with his many PEI cousins, and was especially close to Buck Watts (Margie) and Leo Sheehan (Judy).

Ed was a dearly loved member of the Smith Family and is survived by his in-laws, Sister Bernice Smith, CSM, Lori (the late Barry) Birt, and Gerry (Fran) Andrew, all of PEI and Neil (the late Edna) MacDonald of Canton, MA, USA and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother and father-in-law Catherine and Larry Smith, in-laws Bert and Eileen Smith, Lucy and Bernie Doyle, Mary and Terry Reilly, Reg and Mary C. Smith, Emma and Mel Dalton, Anne and Jim Latimer, Marion and Jack Gilbert, Kay and Joseph (Bud) MacKinnon, and Pat and Marion Smith.

Eddy, as he was known in PEI, was a proud Islander and loved to spend time at the “Old Place” overlooking beautiful Tracadie Bay on the Blooming Point Road. He and Phyllis spent many wonderful summers there with family and friends. He loved visiting Tracadie Harbour and going lobster fishing on Buck’s boat fulfilling his duties as the “Rope Man” and he enjoyed attending the horse races. Ed is resting at the A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, in Dartmouth, NS, with visitation on Monday, Feb. 15th from 6-8pm. Visitation is open to the public. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Dartmouth on Tuesday, Feb. 16th at 11am. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral is by invitation only but will be available online for those who would like to attend virtually. Please visit: for the livestream details or to leave memories and condolences for the family. A Celebration of Life will be held on PEI at a later date.

Thank you to Camp Hill 5 V West staff for their care and kindness to Ed over the past year.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ed’s memory can be made to Chalice or a charity of your choice.


  • Chalice
  • Charity of your choice


  • Visitation

    Monday, February 15, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021



Basil "Edward" McQuaid Captain, CD (Ret’d)

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Cindy Misener

February 24, 2021

My deepest condolences to Marina, Mrs. Mcquaid, and the entire family during this difficult time. I remember when we were painting Marina's first condo and Mr. Mcquaid was there doing some other work. He was so obviously proud of Marina, but also seemed to be biting his tongue not to comment on the quality of our painting!

I am so very sorry for your loss.

Lia Burden

February 19, 2021

It was with great shock to hear about Ed’s passing. I had worked at the camp hill for a couple months and had served Mr. McQuaid dinner most nights. He was definitely one of my favourite veterans. He ALWAYS said thank you and was a good laugh, always had something funny to say. I am so sorry for the passing of your husband Phyllis, it was an honour to serve someone as great and inspiring as Ed. I enjoyed seeing your two smiling faces everyday.
He is missed dearly at V5 West very much.
Love ,
Lia Burden

Laura Dingwell

February 17, 2021

Jason and family,

Again, my condolences during this difficult time. Reading all the lovely memories about your dad makes me hope that reading them brings you some joy from all the people who knew and loved him. Thinking of you all and sending warm thoughts your way,


.Phil Arbing

February 16, 2021

Dear Phyllis and Family. Our thoughts and sympathy are with you at this difficult rime. While we did not have much contact in recent years we enjoyed our chats when you and Eddy came to the Island. As you know I grew up in Millcove and Bedford. I attended Millcove School with Eddy. One memory is that Eddy was always keen on following music. He had a scribbler with a list of the top hits, songs and singers and when he added another hit he would let us know. He was probably 12 at the time.

May Eddy rest in peace. Regards Liz and Phil

Karen Alford

February 16, 2021

Dear Phyllis, Marina, Jeff, Jason and family.
Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Uncle Ed. The Alford family has great memories with Phyllis and Ed in the beautiful Smith homestead on PEI. And yes, Ed had a quietness about him as well as wit and a great sense of humor that, based on all the beautiful condolences, Ed shared this with the many people he touched in his life. It is very sad to have to say goodbye to yet another family member but, our loss is Heaven's gain...…..and for one last time, Thank you Ed for your service.
Love Karen, Greg, Dalton and Jaycee.

Marc Lisetto-Smith

February 16, 2021

Dear Aunt Phyllis, 
Michael and I were very sorry to hear about Uncle Ed's passing. Our deepest condolences to you Marina, Jeff, Janice and the kids, and to Jason and Katherine.  You are all very much in our thoughts as your family gathers today. 

I am unsure where 2021 will lead us, but I do hope that we all will have the opportunity to gather at some point in the future to celebrate the lives of our wonderful family members who have passed during these trying times. 

Love to you all, 
Marc & Michael 

Shirley St. Germain

February 16, 2021

Dear Phyllis:

Sincere sympathy in the passing of your husband. No doubt beautiful memories of the years you’ve had together, going through the different stages of life, will bring you some solace. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers, especially today.

Shirley St. Germain

Frank&Emma McQuaid

February 16, 2021

Phyllis and family, We were so sorry to hear of Edward's death. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Marie St. Germain - Nantes

February 15, 2021

Dear Phyllis,
I was saddened to read of Eddie's passing. Where have the years gone? Eddie is certainly leaving a wonderful full legacy. He did live life to the fullest and will be sadly missed.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
In sympathy,
Marie St. Germain- Nantes

Kim Vriends

February 15, 2021

Phyllis, Marina, Jeff and Jason:

Our deepest sympathy to you all on the loss of Ed. We are all thinking of you on PEI. Dad and Ed were like brothers and he will be so missed by all of the PEI family.
Sending love to you at this difficult time.

Kim and Mike