Passed away peacefully on Friday, June 7, 2019 in Guelph, after a
courageous battle with COPD at the age of 72. Cherished sister of the late
Arthur Bascom (2008) (Marion), Rockwood, Joanne Bascom, Guelph, and Ronald
Bascom (James), Vancouver. Much loved niece of Ruth Nichols, Markham. She
will also be greatly missed by her extended family of cousins, nephews,
nieces and their young families.
Brenda graduated from the Victoria Hospital School of Nursing, London, in
1967. Her early years as a nurse were adventurous as she worked in
northern Alberta, Australia and Saudi Arabia. She travelled extensively
while working overseas, including in Afghanistan, Iran, India and
Pakistan. Upon returning to Canada she nursed in Vancouver before settling
in Kelowna, where she established herself at the Kelowna General Hospital
and stayed until her retirement. As a nurse, Brenda was greatly respected
and liked by her colleagues and patients for her forthright but gentle
approach, her compassion, her honesty and her work ethic. She maintained
contact with her nursing friends throughout her career and retirement, and
she will be profoundly missed by them.
She became a western Canadian snowbird and wintered in Mesa, Arizona
during vacations and then for whole winters until 2018. She moved to
Guelph in 2011 so she could be closer to her family.
Brenda was a keen, talented, and competitive bridge player who played the
game with joy and intensity. She made many friends at the bridge table.
She took up golf when she retired and says she enjoyed the social aspect
of the game more than her high scores.
Brenda liked the new friends she had for 8 years in the VBA, Guelph, and
appreciated all who supported her through the last stages of her illness.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the Village Centre (33 Village Green
Drive) of the Village by the Arboretum in Guelph on Saturday, June 15,
2019 from 2 to 4 p.m.