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Bast, Vernon

Passing away peacefully at Knollcrest Lodge, Milverton on October 4 , 2019,

Vernon Bast was born 93 years ago in Wellesley Township , son of the late George and Alfretta (Miller) Bast.

Vernon is reunited with his wife and best friend Grace Margaret (Denstedt) who predeceased him in 2015 after 68 years of marriage.

Beloved father of Dale (Lynn) of Stratford, Shirley (George) Vallance of Salt Spring Island, B.C., and Marlene (Ken) Hundert of Stratford. He was predeceased by his youngest child Nancy (Bob) Swanstrom of Sarnia in 2015.

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Proud grandfather of Sarah (Josh), Jennifer (Pete), Charles (Michelle), Richard (Liz), Peter and Leah. Loving great-grandfather of Nathan, Tyler, Ben, Luke, Evelyne, and Oliver.

Survived by sisters-in-law Laurene Bast of Stratford, Carol (Denstedt) Lynch (Gary) of Sarnia, Doreen and Marilyn Denstedt of London, Vernon was predeceased by brother, Clarence and sister, Ruby and brother-in-law James Jacobs. Also predeceased by in-laws Lloyd and Bill Denstedt, Earl and Sally Denstedt, June and Doug Eller, and Joyce Denstedt.

Vernon was a member of St. Paul’s United Church, Milverton. He was a former member and elder of North Mornington Presbyterian Church.

Vernon farmed in Mornington Township all his life and after retirement he enjoyed living on his hobby farm near Newton for 28 years. He was an active member in the community. He served the Township of Mornington as Councillor, Reeve and sat on Perth County Council.

Vernon was a respected member of the Canadian Belgian Horse Association. He was well known for his registered Belgian horses which he raised and showed at fairs and parades throughout Ontario. Over the years, he sold his Vernview Belgians  to buyers from Cuba, Japan, United States and Ontario.

A special thanks to the compassionate caregivers at Knollcrest Lodge. His family is most grateful to Dr. Anderson, Wendy Dunn, Heather Weir, Jackie Yost and all the staff who so faithfully and lovingly cared for Vernon for over nine years. A big thank-you to Deb Tanner who generously shared her time and happiness with Vernon every week.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to Knollcrest Lodge or St. Paul’s United Church would be appreciated by the family.

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