Cremation has taken place. Memorial mass will be held at 11:00AM on Monday May 2, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic ChurchIn lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made in Basil's memory to the St. John the Evangelist Church building fund or to a charity of your choice. Building fund etransfers are accepted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cash and cheques are accepted at the church or can be mailed to St. John the Evangelist, 2 Academy Dr., Morden, MB R6M 2E8.


Basil Joseph Agnew

1931 - 2022 

Basil Joseph Agnew was born at his home in Renfrew County, Ontario on March 30, 1931 and passed away on Tuesday April 26, 2022. He was 91 years old.

Basil was predeceased by his parents, Ambrose in 1977 and Mabel (O’Gorman) in 1994; his brothers, Leo (2019), Urban (2008), and Gerald (2002) and his wife, Georgina (2011); his sister, Clare (2013) and her husband, Len Gervais (2008); father-in-law, Thomas Lane (1996), mother-in-law, Viola (1982), and brother-in-law, Bob (2020). Basil is survived by his wonderful wife of 65 years, Barbara (Lane); his three sons, Patrick (Renee van Mierlo) of Seven Sisters Falls, Mike of Winnipeg, Bob (Shauna) of Morden; his three daughters, Theresa (Dave Buchanan) of Edmonton, Joan (Tim Kohut) of Morinville, Alberta and Clare of Morden. As well, he leaves behind his wonderful grandchildren who brought him so much joy: Kim Bellerose and Lisa Kendall (Ryan), Amy Voloshanovskiy (Ivan), Max and Caslan Buchanan, Evan Kohut, and Jenna and Erin Doherty, as well as 17 nieces and nephews and two great-grandchildren. He also leaves to mourn two sisters-in-law, Anita of Renfrew, ON and Mary of Cobden, ON.

Basil attended Pine Valley rural school up to Grade Eight and high school in Eganville. He also took a one-year commercial course in Renfrew. Basil joined the Stedmans Company on June 1, 1950 in Renfrew, ON. On October 2, 1952, he was appointed manager of their store in Paris, ON. That’s where he met Barbara Lane, the office girl who changed his life forever. They were married on May 21, 1956. Stedmans transfers took Basil and Barb first to Melfort, Saskatchewan and then to Drumheller and Red Deer, Alberta. In 1965, they purchased their own franchise in Souris, Manitoba, before they settled in Morden in 1970.  As a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Morden Retail Merchants Association, Basil organized many town promotions, with some of them continuing to be used after he retired in 1990. He was a “Stedmans man” his entire working life and was always grateful for the opportunities the store provided him and his family.

Although “the store” kept Basil very busy, he always made time for family and community. He coached his kids’ baseball teams, took them skating and swimming, watched them play sports in all seasons, and made the occasional trips into Winnipeg for Jets’ games. He also visited and helped his neighbours and volunteered on community and church committees. At local socials, his dance card was always full.  Every two years or so, he piled the family into the station wagon and went back to Ontario to visit. As soon as the car pulled into the farmyard, he started speaking with an Ottawa Valley accent.

Basil was a lifetime member of the Morden and District Museum, Morden Friendship Centre, and the Knights of Columbus, serving as their treasurer for many years. In 1991, he joined Services for Seniors and played a key role in the purchase and renovation of the present Morden Friendship Centre and was chairperson of the building committee and membership committee for nearly ten years. In 1998, Basil was honoured to be the only Manitoban to receive the Governor General Caring Canadian Award. In 2013, he received the Outstanding Community Volunteer Award for Morden.

Basil and his family are deeply grateful for the care he received at the Boundary Trails Health Centre, especially in the last weeks of his life.

Memorial mass on Monday, May 2, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Church with private committal prior to the mass.

In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made to St. John the Evangelist Church building fund or to a charity of your choice. Building fund etransfers are accepted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cash and cheques are accepted at the church or can be mailed to St. John the Evangelist, 2 Academy Dr. Morden, MB R6M 2E8.

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