Brian passed away on March 21, 2020 at the age of 87.  He was born in Victoria, BC, the son of Harold and Sheila.  Brian was predeceased by his loving and devoted wife, Margaret of over 40 years.  He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Lara (Jeremy) and grandchildren, Dylan and Marisa.  A loving father also to daughter, Barbara (John) and sons, Allan (Kim) and Brent and grandchildren, Jason, Amy, Stacie and great-grandchildren, Matthew, Ceylyn, Jessica, Connor and Mercedes.  He also leaves half-sister, Theresa, brother-in-law, Ken, sister-in-law, Heather and nieces and nephews.

Brian was a devoted husband and father.  He was a hard worker throughout his life.  He held many jobs in his youth and was a teacher for 33 years, beginning his teaching career in Trail, BC and then in Greater Victoria as a junior high science teacher at Oak Bay, Reynolds and Cedar Hill.  His hobbies many, he loved family camping, gardening, canoeing and building many projects around the home.  With a good memory, he could recount many a tale of old Victoria and had a keen interest in the city’s history.  He especially loved his BC camping in the Kicking Horse area among the mountains and trains.

Many thanks to the wonderful staff at Saanich Peninsula Hospital Extended Care Unit 1 for their first-class care these last few years.  Brian has been buried at Royal Oak Burial Park.  A Celebration of Life will be held at McCall Gardens at a later date.  Condolences may be offered to the family at

  • margot ling

    Brian Bassett was my favourite teacher at Oak Bay Junior High. He fought for me to be on the regular program. He was a consummate teacher and scientist. I loved his science experiments. I will always remember his talent for teaching Margot Ling

  • Joanne Derrick

    I was sad to read that Brian has passed away. I knew him from shopping at our garden center for years. I always enjoyed talking with him. Our conversation went from plants to our Ford trucks..
    I just wanted to send my condolences to the family…
    With sincere sympathy

  • Berna Ruffell for the Retired Teachers

    The members of the Lower Vancouver Island Retired Teachers Association want to offer our condolences and let you know that we are thinking of you at this difficult time.

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