Basquill, James (Jim) Gerald, age 75 of Halifax, passed away of natural causes at home on May 12, 2023.
He was born in Dublin, Ireland to Denis and Mary (Moya) Basquill (nee Fallon) on July 23, 1947. Jim’s family immigrated to Canada and settled in Montréal, Québec when he was seven years old. He was the eldest of seven children, including Denis, Michael, Mary-Ann, Margaret (Maggie), Catherine (Cathy), and Moya. In his teenaged years, Jim was introduced to Rod Manson, who was like family to him and remained a lifelong friend. After graduating from high school, Jim attended McGill University before gaining employment at the Montréal General Hospital, where he worked in the hemodialysis unit. During this time, he met and later married Lorraine L’Abbé, with whom he had three children.
In 1977, Jim and Lorraine left Quebec to pursue their dream of organic farming in Nova Scotia. The family moved several times, as Jim changed careers and sought out new life experiences. In his late forties, Jim decided to return to school, completing a degree in theatre arts at Acadia University. This period inspired great creativity and Jim began writing poetry and memoirs, which continued through much of his life. It also rekindled his love of philosophy, along with the writings of Shakespeare and other playwrights. Jim shared these loves with his friends and children, and often gifted poems.
In his later years, Jim enjoyed spending time with his family, going for long strolls, discussing current affairs, and watching baseball. He made connections with people from all walks of life, reflecting his varied experiences and interests. Over the past two or three years, Jim slowed down and while he was no longer able to take long walks, he still enjoyed getting out every day and often spent time near water. Sullivan’s Pond in Dartmouth was a favourite spot, where he found peace and solace.
Jim was predeceased by his parents and siblings, Denis and Cathy. He is survived by his former spouse Lorraine (Bryn), his sons, Sean (Krista), Adam (Suzanne), and Daniel (Erin), and his grandchildren, Harrison, Cecily, Trystan, Lukas, Piper, and Marigold. We will miss his warm hugs, unwavering love, intellect, and strength of character.
Jim will be remembered at a private family ceremony on May 27. Donations in his memory can be made to the Salvation Army – Halifax Centre of Hope.