Gerry Bascombe

Gerry Bascombe

Tuesday, February 12th, 1935 - Friday, August 30th, 2019
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After 84 years, Gerry Bascombe’s final adventure, on August 30th, was a perfectly fitting wrap up to a life fully and passionately lived. For those of you who knew him, it will not come as any surprise that his last moments included one last adventure that drew everyone around him into a perfectly choreographed goodbye that was as joyful as the man himself... just the way he’d have wanted it. You guessed it, there is a story.

Ger wrung the life out of every single minute. His 55-year long love affair with his Gail was packed with capers and shenanigans. From cottaging, Muskoka, chalet-ing, Collingwood and everywhere in between, all with Bascombe hospitality. With Ger at the helm, life was rich with food, drink, and always laughter.

As was Ger’s way, strangers became friends, friends became family and everyone he touched was left with the feeling that they’d been seen and deeply and uniquely known - you know what I’m talking about if you were ever lucky enough to sit for a Ger “chat”.

Gerry grew up in Toronto. He followed his passion into radio broadcasting as listeners across Ontario and Quebec tuned in for his trademark baritone voice and quick, dry humour. From roles with Montreal’s CFCF, where he hosted At Home With Bascombe to Toronto’s CTV, Rogers and CFRB. Real acclaim arrived in the form of a legendary animated TV series where Ger embodied the voices of characters Newton and Daedalus and others in the 1960’s smash The Mighty Hercules. Even better, Gerry could often be persuaded to perform these fan favourites to really get a party going.

Ger’s career in communications evolved into the corporate side with the launch of The Bascombe Group. This work, and the success of his team, were a deep satisfaction for him until his retirement. Ger dedicated his retirement years to volunteering and fundraising with the Collingwood Hospital and loved every minute of it!

To Dr. Mark Quigg, our deepest gratitude for your commitment and faith in our family that allowed us the precious gift of more time with Ger. To Dr. Paul Smylie and Dr. Kate McLaughlin, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Ger’s beloved family was his deepest pride. He leaves his wife Gail, his son K.C., his granddaughter Brooke (husband Greig Newby) and his great-grandsons Milo and Graham Gerald to tell the lifetime of wonderful stories. His son Michael, sisters Molly (Jack), Phyllis (Norman) and brother John (Arlene) preceded him in death. They will never ever be forgotten.

Friends are invited to a Celebration of Life, 2:00 to 4:30, on Thursday October 17, 2019 at the Alpine Ski Club, Collingwood Ontario.

We will all miss you so much Ger. Rest now.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation.
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    Thursday, October 17th, 2019 |
    Thursday, October 17th, 2019
    Alpine Ski Club
    17-242 Arrowhead Road
    Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0S1
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    Celebration of Life from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.


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Mark Peters

Posted at 09:45am
We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Gail and her family on the passing of Gerry. While we did not see a lot of Gerry over the years, he made a lasting and very happy impression on us. We will never forget Gerry’s cheerful disposition and entertaining stories.

We met Gerry through our very good friends, Colleen and Al Van Herten, who are Gail’s sister and brother-in-law. We had a great time sitting with Gerry and Gail at a family wedding. Gerry kept us in stitches with his Newton and Daedalus voices and enthralled with stories from his broadcasting career.

It was many years later before we ran into Gerry again. However, over the intervening years, we felt like we were still in touch, as Colleen and Al kept us posted on Gerry and Gail’s travels and adventures. The next time we had the pleasure of Gerry’s company was several years ago when purely by coincidence we ended up on the same transatlantic cruise as Gerry and Gail. Over the course of that 15-day cruise, we spent many a happy hour talking and laughing with Gerry and Gail and listening to Gerry’s endless repertoire of fascinating stories. That cruise was one of the best we have ever been on - thanks to the time we spent with Gerry and Gail.

The last time we saw Gerry was over dinner at Colleen and Al’s. By that time, Gerry’s health was not great, but he was still full of life and fun. Gerry packed a lot of living into his 84 years and he will be greatly missed by his loving family and his many friends.

Glady and Mark Peters

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Lori and Leigh Ann Kirby and families

Posted at 08:22am
With our deepest sympathy Gail and family
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Lori Kirby & Brian Wood

Posted at 05:57pm
Dearest Gail and family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Gerry was a lovely man and he made me laugh.
Always so kind. Thinking of you xo

Don and Rosemary McGowan

Posted at 03:53pm
Remembering some happy times in Florida many years ago. Our deepest Gail and all the family.
Rosemary and Don McGowan

Deb (Griffith) Van Natter

Posted at 03:22pm
Gail, K.C and family, It is with a heavy heart that I read of Gerry's passing. I was recently in Collingwood at a theatre event and just Goggled him a few weeks ago - how I would have loved to have seen him just one more time. In the 90's, I was one of the lucky Bascombe Group team to work with both Gerry and K.C. It has been an honour to know this gentle giant, with the impish grin. I will remember him with true affection and gratitude.

Deb (Griffith) Van Natter

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