1987 – 2020
It is with the heaviest of hearts that the Basinger family shares the sad news of Justin’s sudden passing on May 27th, 2020. All those who knew Justin will miss his signature laugh, his intellect and his pure, lovable spirit. A young man who effortlessly lit up any room, it is no easy task to properly express just how much Justin made this world a better place for all who knew him.
Born in Lahr, Germany, on 30th January 1987, Justin lived most of his youth growing up in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. A positive and engaging student, Justin made a lasting impression on his classmates and teachers alike on his way to graduating from Highland Secondary School in Comox, BC (2005). Continuing his education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Justin developed many treasured and lasting friendships while earning his B.A. in Political Science (2009). Continuing to excel in life – and always up for a challenge – Justin moved to Ontario and proudly earned his Doctor of Law (J.D.) degree at the University of Toronto in 2013. This led to a career with the City of Toronto Metro as a Solicitor specializing in employment law, a role which Justin continued to enjoy until his untimely passing. Justin, was very proud of his Metis heritage and enjoyed his volunteer work as a Board Member of the Aboriginal Legal Services.
Justin had many joys in life, getting together with friends to play games, or take in a show, or do some cooking just for the fun of it. Justin also loved to travel the world, sampling all it had to offer. There was never a shortage of laughter or smiles around him. Justin’s relaxed nature, sharp intelligence, ever present sense of humour and genuine caring for others will be deeply missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him.
Sadly, Justin has left us way too soon. He is survived by his parents Valerie and Allan Basinger, his younger brother Kevin, his aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many friends. Justin will live on forever in all our hearts and memories. As you remember Justin, his infectious smile, his unmistakable laugh, please celebrate his life with a toast, share a story about Justin with someone close to you, or paint rainbow and recall times shared… just one more song at the karaoke bar, just one more fun back-and-forth with his brother as his parents looked on with love. We love you so much son, brother, friend. ️
Justin’s passing was of natural causes and not Covid-19 related. Due to the pandemic there will be no service. Your memories of Justin and condolences for the family are most welcome and may be sent to the Cardinal Funeral Home at www.cardinalfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/mr-justin-basinger/. If so inclined, and in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charitable organization of your choice, or Doctors Without Boarders, your local SPCA or the Toronto Covenant House.
Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Justin Basinger January 30 1987 May 27 2020..
Death notice for the town of: Toronto, Province: Ontario