Donald Joseph Murray Baskier
December 15, 1939 – November 26, 2020
With love and sorrow the family of Don Baskier announces his peaceful passing on November 26, 2020, after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Don was born on December 15, 1939, to a farming family in Birtle MB where his pride and joy was his pony, Babe. He joined the RCMP at the age of 19. His first postings were in the lower mainland BC, followed by Vanderhoof BC; Igloolik, Nunavut; Fort McPherson, NWT; Calgary, AB; and finishing up in Leduc, AB and area. After retiring from the Force Don had a second career with AB Social Services Fraud Investigations until retiring permanently in 1991
Don will be missed by Illona, his wife of 58 years and their four children and nine grandchildren; Lindsey and Harold Miller; Quinn (Danielle), Daley, Drew, McLean. Leanne and Stephen Dow. Laurie and Heath Schneider; Tessa (Aaron), Zackary. Clayton and Becky Baskier; Renna, Brooklyn, Lynae
Don enjoyed many hobbies including skiing, golf, and travel with Illona. He cheered on the Oilers and the Blue Jays and loved a good game of Crib. His extended family and many friends will miss his good-hearted teasing. Don is preceded on his final journey by his granddaughter Daley, his two brothers Ken and Gerald, and his parents.
Many thanks to the compassionate team at Salem Manor Leduc for their excellent care. A celebration of Don’s life will be held in 2021 when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Parkinson Canada
Donald Joseph Murray Baskier
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December 8, 2020
We send all our love and support to Aunt Illona, Lindsey, Leanne, Laurie and Clayton and their families as we share the following thoughts about our Uncle Don.
Uncle Don, how very much our family are going to miss you. You had a tremendous impact on our lives. Your kindness, caring and passion for a little fun always made us feel like we were both important and loved by you. We could always talk with you about anything and everything and we will miss your thoughts and insights.
We were so very proud of your career as an RCMP officer and your long dedication of service to protecting and making our country a better place. You suffered terribly through your progressively debilitating disease that took away so much from your ability to enjoy your love of golfing, travelling and being active. However, what will always stand out to us is you were always very honest about how you were doing but always far more interested in focusing on us.
We will be forever grateful for your love and support and the impact you made on all of our lives. God bless you and thank you.
Love, Terry & Donna
Michelle, Brad & Dean
December 4, 2020
Dear Ilona, Lindsay, Leanne, Lori, Clayton and your families,
We are very sorry to hear of Don’s/dad’s passing through a former coworker of mine in Leduc.
We were fortunate to have had the opportunity to be your neighbours and friends in Leduc 30 years ago. Although what seems like a lifetime ago, it feels like only yesterday, as I share these memories.
Through the neighbourhood projects, camping, family gatherings, barbecues, and drinks together; we became good friends. I always looked up to Don as a big brother. He was always willing to share a good story if it resulted in fits of laughter, and even when it didn’t!
The pipe clenched tightly in his mouth always managed to go out between puffs, and had to be relit. I still recall the sweet aroma on the deck or around the camp fire.
Saturday was chores day at the Baskier house. Everyone had their job. That’s when the girls came up with the expression; “If a man’s home is his castle, let him clean it!” That was around the time of the basement renos. I have never forgotten that, although I may have tried as our girls helped around here.
When our oldest daughter was about 5-6, we were over visiting. Don had given Heidi a peppermint. She had been enjoying it for a while. She said; “Mr. Baskier, can I have another peppermint?” Thinking she had finished the first he said; “absolutely!” She promptly took the one out of her mouth, deposited it back in the full dish, and took another! The look on Don’s face was priceless. He broke into a hearty laugh.
We have always missed our relationship with the Baskier family. Our trips ‘home’ became less frequent as Okotoks began to feel like home.
Please accept our condolences, as we say goodbye to a good friend and neighbour. Hugs to you all.
December 3, 2020
Between my service with Don in the RCMP as well as ASS fraud when I was in RMH I have many great memories. Our time in Leduc has especially fond memories of all the RCMP get togethers. Don was always smiling and full of fun with that little tuff of hair falling on his forehead.
To Ilona and family we send our Deepest Sympathy. He was such a wonderful man. RIP DON
December 2, 2020
Please accept our deepest sympathies on the passing of Don. He was close with myself and my mom, Ina Stewart from when I was just joining the RCMP. Don and mom spoken often with each other in Salem manor over these last months and he will be greatly missed.