Johnder Basran

July 13, 1930December 29, 2013
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Born in: Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada Born on: July 13th, 1930 Passed in: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada Passed on: December 29th, 2013

Our much loved father, papa, uncle and friend passed away at Ridgeview Lodge in Kamloops on December 29, 2013.

Johnder was predeceased by his wife Mary and his brothers Jaginder, Jogie and Karma, his sisters Cecilia, Jinda and Marie.

Johnder will be sadly missed by his daughters Linda Basran of Kamloops, Sandra (Ron) Silvey of Kamloops and his son Michael of Chilliwack. His three grandsons were his pride and joy, Dustin Silvey, Tyler and Brayden Basran. Also mourning Johnder are his remaining three sisters Yvonne, Rosemary and Susan as well as numerous nieces and nephews. His absence will be keenly felt by his dear friend and caregiver Michelle Menhenick of Lillooet.

Johnder loved life and maintained his interest in current events and especially politics. He was one of the few people who called the last provincial election for the Liberals and he was proved right. Johnder enjoyed fishing, travelling, gardening and socializing with friends.

Born in Kelowna, Johnder attended Rutland and Kelowna schools.

Married to Mary Biln after a seven year engagement and were the first couple to get married at the Abbotsford Sikh temple in non-traditional bridal /groom's clothing. Johnder was the 3rd born child of Bhagat Singh and Udham Kaur Basran, he grew up on a fruit farm and cattle operation in the Rutland community. His first business was operating the Chevron Station on Hwy 33. He moved into heavy equipment operation which operated in the Okanagan and the Kootenay regions. Johnder, Mary and their two girls moved to Lillooet in 1959 to establish Lillooet Timber Company with his father-in-law Milkit Biln. He then went on to operate Basran Sales and Service Chevron Station and the Nissan dealership. His last business included Sanbar Contracting an asphalt and road building company.

Not only did he successfully run businesses but he was a civic minded man. He was the first Indo-Canadian Mayor in Canada and fulfilled three terms as Mayor of Lillooet. He participated in many boards and organizations such as Board Chair SD #29 Director South Central Health Unit, Board member of Thompson Regional Health Board, Director Lillooet Chamber of Commerce, District Deputy and Exalted Ruler BPO Elks #46 and District #5 and Director of Squamish-Lillooet Regional District.

A viewing will be held on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Schoening Funeral Chapel.

A Funeral Service will follow on the next day, Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the Schoening Chapel, 513 Seymour Street Kamloops with cremation to follow at Pine Grove Crematorium.

A Celebration of life for Johnder will be held in Lillooet on a later date.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Jennifer Thomas and the caring staff at Ridgeview Lodge for their kindness and compassion throughout Johnder last year.

Should friends desire, donations in Johnder's memory may be made to Lillooet District Hospital.

Condolences may be expressed at Schoening Funeral Service 250-374-1454


  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 4, 2014

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Linda Rainsford

January 10, 2014

Linda, Sandy, Michael and family. So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I have very fond memories of your mom and dad and will cherish them always.
Linda Rainsford (Pidcock)

January 8, 2014

Dear Linda, Sandra, Michael and families,
We were sorry to hear of your father's passing. He was an amazing businessman and generous with his time in the politics of our town. We look forward to seeing you at his Celebration of Life in Lillooet.
Ben and Vivian Hidebrand
Maxine and Phil Albertson

Joyce & Walter Harder

January 4, 2014

To the Basran Family. Thank you so much for the walk down memory lane with your Dad. Words can't express our sorrow at hearing of his passing. He was an amazing person - and my mentor. Our hearts are with you at this very sad time.

Jeff and Willy den Biesen

January 4, 2014

Dear Michael, Linda, Sandra and families. We are sad to hear that your Dad, Johnder Basran, has passed. We remember him as the man who wanted only the best for his family and the community in which he lived and in which he worked tirelessly. His active involvement in community affairs stands as an example for us all.

Andrew & Bonnie den Biesen

January 4, 2014

Michael, Linda, Sandra and family your dad was a great example to others in civic engagement and with community responsibility. Very few people can be credited with the amount of time and effort into bettering a community that your dad has. Bonnie and I would like to express our condolences at your loss.

Doug and Bernice Calder

January 4, 2014

Dear Linda and family: It is with sadness that we learned of Johnder's passing. Looking at his picture brings a smile to our faces and we remember the great man we came to know and respect when we lived in Lillooet. We can still hear his voice as if it were yesterday when we visited with him about the political events of the day. The love and concern he had for his family and his delightful sense of humour and genuine kindness lives in our hearts. He was a man of integrity and uprightness, a good man never to be forgotten.

Isabell & Phill Hadford

January 3, 2014

Dear Linda: Phill & I are so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Johnder was such a wonderful man, and we remember him most for always acting with the interest of the community at heart. He was an astute politician with a quick wit and sharp mind. Johnder will be truly missed by all who knew him. We wish you much comfort, peace and many happy memories of him to get you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Isabell & Phill Hadford, Clearwater, BC

January 3, 2014

Working in the political world with Johnder was always so much fun with his great sense of humour. His advice was sound as well. pat kaatz kamloops

January 2, 2014

Dearest Linda, Sandra, Michael and families. Marion and I and our family are so saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. I was hoping to connect with him again this Spring but such is fate. Reading his obituary and knowing him gives me great pride to be related to him and to be of South Asian descent. He was truly remarkable not only as a loving family man but also as an entrepreneur and citizen. I was very impressed with his civic involvement and his energy in giving so much to his community. He will be missed by many.

J. Singh Biln - Mary's cousin from Squamish

randeep tut

January 2, 2014

A man true to his word, held in high regard with the utmost respect and integrity - Johnder you will truly be missed.