The Stork dropped BASIL CHARLES BOUVETTE on the homestead near Cross Lake, Alberta on November 18, 1933. He was the oldest child born to Benjamin Charles and Mary Ann Bouvette, being of light weight he spent the first days of his life in the warming oven of the wood stove. Basil grew up in the Fawcett Area and went to school in both Fawcett and Westlock. He spoke lots about leaving his homework in the pool hall, where he often went after school. When he got to grade eleven he quit school because he knew more than the teacher. His father said fine, but that he had to get a job, so he signed on with the Northern Alberta Railway, as a section hand. After a time he was offered the Section Lead position for the run to Fort McMurray, but Basil did not like the look of this town, so he quit . He then began operating a Bull dozer, and started cutting power lines for Alberta Power Corp, on a line through to Cold Lake. It was during this time that he met Kathleen Bauer of Bonnyville. They were married in 1962, Debbie, their first child came along in January of 1964. They lived for a while in Swift Current, Saskatchewan before coming back to Redcliff, Alberta, where Basil worked for Joyline Transport hauling oilrigs and fracking sand all over Alberta and Montana. His other children, Richard, Sarah and Christa were born in Redcliff. In 1977 the family moved to Bonnyville, and later to an acreage rented from Fred Sashuk in the Iron River Area. This was where Basil was residing in 2000 when he met his present partner, Rose Gardner. In 2002, Basil and Rose moved onto an acreage owned by Len and Debbie Slipchuk just south of LaCorey. They resided there for 12 years, when they moved to Edmonton due to Basil’s frequent need to visit Eye Specialists in that city. In 2017, Basil’s Granddaughter brought them back to Cold Lake, where they were residing at the time of his death. Basil suffered an anerysm stroke in 2019, and succumbed to cancer on June 22, 2020.
Basil is survived by his partner, Rose, and his 4 children, Debbie Slipchuk (Len) of La Corey, Richard Bouvette of Brooks, Sarah (Colin) Lovelace of Brooks, and Christa Bouvette of Bonnyville; Ten Grandchildren, and 14 Great-Grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Kay (Bob) Taylor of Calgary, brother-in-laws, Johnny Bauer (Violet), Wayne (Wendy) Bauer, and Brian (Carol) Bauer, all of Bonnyville, sister in law, Helen Weathered of Victoria, BC; numerous nieces and nephews and their families. He is also survived by his long time friend and Honorary Pall-brearer , Rod MacEachern of Cold Lake.
He was predeceased by his wife, Kathleen in 1985, Brothers Larry, Ken and sister Elva. Brothers –in-law, Elmer and Gary Bauer.
Basil was a gentle man, very generous and would help anyone who asked. He loved his family and there was nothing he enjoyed more than when they came to visit. The highlight of his day was when his children would phone. If a day went by without a check in, he would try reaching them. Basil had a great sense of humor, and dry wit. We will miss his sarcastic comments. We love you, Basil. Goodbye.
-Respectfully the Bouvette Family.