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Kane-Jerrett Funeral Homes

6191 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON

OBITUARY

Basil Papadimos

September 29, 1957May 16, 2020

Basil Papadimos was born on September 29, 1957 and passed away on May 16, 2020 and is under the care of Kane-Jerrett Funeral Homes.

Private Family Visitation will be held on May 25, 2020 at 10:00 am at Kane-Jerrett Funeral Homes, 6191 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON. Private Family Funeral Service will be held on May 25, 2020 at 11:00 am at Kane-Jerrett Funeral Homes, 6191 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON.

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Services

  • Private Family Visitation

    Monday, May 25, 2020

  • Private Family Funeral Service

    Monday, May 25, 2020

Memories

Basil Papadimos

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Thea Kosmyna

May 30, 2020

He was fascinating, funny, smart, infuriating, delightful, occasionally volatile, but always steadfast and loyal to those he loved. He was the most unconventionally sane person I’ve known. We bonded over pre-expansion NHL goaltenders, the love of words and the telling of a good origin story. I was never certain if his stories were factually accurate, but despite it they were honest and circled ‘round a truth. He taught me something about humanity, humility even. More than once, I think it happened most often when he felt his demons were at the door, he spoke of his dead – the insight and the solace he found in them. Now, and far too soon, he has moved, for each and every one of us in his own way, into the realm of those dead. I’m heartened by the thought he will give us what his dead gave him, when we need it. I miss him. My condolences to each of you, whose lives he touched and particularly to his love, his family. Rest, rest in peace, Basil.

Anthony, Alina and Konstantine Smiliovitis

May 25, 2020

Rest in peace, heyoka. Forever loved, forever missed. Until we meet again.

Stefano Giantin

May 23, 2020

Baz was a very nice person, a friend with whom I had the pleasure to work and talk about many things. Basil, you will be missed. Stefano

Michael Najem

May 23, 2020

It was shocking to know that the Baz has left us. It was so sad to know that the world has lost such a hero.

Although I have never met Baz in person, but he was as close to my soul as one of my best friends. The age difference was never a problem because Baz was forever young.

He was one of the greatest people I had the pleasure of knowing and working with. We were trying to help refugees in Greece, and kid you not, Baz will be up at 5 a.m., perhaps even earlier, preparing materials that might help a stranded refugee. He would nudge everyone in the right direction and always reminded us of our mission and goal. He didn't care about fame or achievement. Helping a person in need is worth much more for him. He was always helpful and humane. He was always courageous to say and share his truth like no one I know. His pen was like a sword that cut through concrete. He was never silent in the face of hypocrisy, and he never backed down from a challenge. He was relentless in his efforts to helping people especially the weakest.

It was a great loss for everyone to lose you Baz. For so many considered his words harsh or too blunt in occasions, I think the world of you. The man that is never shy to speak and write his mind no matter the consequences.

Rest in peace my friend ... rest in peace Baz! With all my love!
Michael Najem

Wanda VanderStoop

May 21, 2020

My deepest condolences go to Basil’s family. I’d like also to extend condolences to Lisa, his partner of many years and of whom he always spoke highly of to me. Wil and Basil were among the first people that my sister Audrey and I met on arriving to Toronto and we were fast friends immediately. Those formative young days were filled with raucous laughter, learning and such freedom. Wil and Basil always supported our band and later Basil was a great friend to me in Montreal and back in TO when I returned to University. I tortured him with tedious essays and he read them cheerfully, he championed all learning and never stopped questioning. Basil had a deep loyalty to family, an abiding love for his brother, cousins and nieces and nephews was often conveyed to me. His influence crossed many borders, many disciplines and art forms. Basil will be greatly missed.

Seth Harman

May 21, 2020

I worked with Basil years ago in the first job I ever had after moving from the United States to Canada. I was saddened to hear of his passing and remember him fondly as both friendly and extraordinarily intelligent. My deepest condolences for your loss.

Jim Roberts

May 21, 2020

I'm going to seriously miss this man that had a sense of humour that could transcend any occasion even during these chaotic times. To be able to get people laughing right through any darkness is one of the greatest gifts one can have and the world is poorer now that Basil is gone. May the light he's left us shine on forever.

Joy Gonidis

May 20, 2020

Baz always loved , Always in my heart,
Will remember our times together
and smile,
until we meet again.

Alison Campbell

May 20, 2020

In memory of epic romance, transcontinental adventure, sacred skin, bodega nights, bush fire, book-birthing, banners on the beach, the billion word project and more. Here's that little ditty come around again. Sent with Love and Gratitude but never by Coincidence:
Leave everything.
Leave your wife.
Leave your mistress.
Leave your hopes and fears.
Leave your children in the woods.
Leave the substance for the shadow.
Leave your easy life, leave what you are given for the future.
Set off on the roads.

Andrea Corlett

May 20, 2020

Jason, we're so sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences from your IPC friends and colleagues. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

FROM THE FAMILY

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