Lillian Bastarache
1933 - 2022
BORN
1933
DIED
2022
FUNERAL HOME
Bay Gardens Funeral Home
1010 Botanical Drive
Burlington, ON
In Loving Memory of our aunt, Lillian Bastarache (1933-2022)

Our aunt Lillian Tudge was born on May 23, 1933 in Aldershot, Ontario. Her parents were Iris and Allen Tudge, immigrants from England, and her brother was Allan Tudge (our father, deceased, also born in England). Lillian graduated from McMaster's University. She held her first job working at the Hamilton Health Center with breast cancer patients as part of a research team. Later, she chose teaching as her profession and taught Science at Westmont Secondary School for many years. She enjoyed imparting knowledge to others. She shared her 12-acre farm in Jerseyville with her husband, Abel Bastarache, where he boarded and trained trotter horses. Abel died in 1995 and Lillian never remarried. Lillian loved living on her farm.
Lillian was the avid world traveler. Some places traveled were Peru, China, Africa, Russia, and Australia. In each of her travels, Aunt Lillian would always return with gifts from the country. As Lillian never had children of her own, she held all of her nieces and grandnieces in great esteem. One of her traditions was coming to visit her brother, her nieces and their families in California annually for Christmas.
Aunt Lillian was very active. Her hobbies included square-dancing, Scottish dancing, playing the recorder, and attending church at Jerseyville United Church where she sang in the choral group and became involved in ministries that helped people.
The main thing we will always remember about our aunt Lillian is her engaging, beautiful smile and her quick, dry sense of humor. She loved to laugh and find life's funny moments. She had a very pleasant personality and enjoyed meeting new friends. She was a warm, kind person, but mainly, she was very smart. She could remember every detail and fact and could practically cite the entire family tree going back years. She was like a walking encyclopedia up until the last six years of her life.
In 2017, Lillian sold her home and farm and moved to Carrington House for senior living. She was very sad to leave her home. When it finally became clear that she needed more care, Lillian spent the last year of life at Amica Retirement Home until her death at age 88 on January 2, 2022.
Our dear aunt Lillian will be sorely missed by her three nieces, Diane, Janet, and Vivian (USA), her two grand-nieces, Tillie and Sarah (USA), and her two cousins, Lorna Butler and Joyce Dohnal (Canada). We are grateful to Joyce who was kind enough to act as power of attorney over her finances for the last five years of her life. We love you Lillian.

Published by The Hamilton Spectator on Jan. 7, 2022.
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Mrs. Bastarache (not Lillian) was my physics teacher in high school. Tough but fair and always loved what she was doing. Although I may have frequently been on her "wrong" side, she was one of my favourites.
Peter Lane
January 9, 2022
Mrs. Bastarache taught me grade 11 and 12 physics, which launched me on a wonderful career as a physicist. As a woman physics teacher, she was a real trailblazer. I am forever grateful to her.
Mark Whitmore
January 9, 2022
Mrs. B (also affectionately known as Aunt Bee to some of us) was one of my favourite teachers at Westmount. She had a gift for making us unruly students find a love for Physics. RIP, Aunt Bee!
Ian Robertson
School
January 8, 2022
I believe that she was one of my teachers at Westmount High School. I'm finding that the older we become, the more vivid the memories are of people who have enhanced our lives. Lillian was one of those special individuals.
Bruce Johnston
School
January 8, 2022
Barb (nee Wells) Henderson
School
January 8, 2022
Barb (nee Wells) Henderson
School
January 8, 2022
Sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Bastarache. Here are some Westmount Year Book pictures.
Barb (nee Wells) Henderson
School
January 8, 2022
Our sincere condolences. Mrs. B. was a genuinely lovely person and a favourite teacher. She truly cared about her students and made learning enjoyable. We had the pleasure of reconnecting with her at Westmount´s 50 year anniversary reunion a few years ago and amazingly she remembered both of us from decades earlier.
Rick and Elaine Gunnell
January 8, 2022
Beverley Wynne
January 8, 2022
Our family wishes to extend our condolences to you for your loss. She was a lovely teacher, and we also knew her from our Scottish dancing days. She will be missed.
Trudy Leask
Other
January 8, 2022
Photo of Lillian with the Westmount SS Science Department in the early 70's.
Murray Lumley
School
January 7, 2022
I remember Lillian as a teaching colleague in the Science Department of Westmount Secondary School from 1967 to 1978. I remember her warmth and willingness to mentor me as a new teacher, especially from her solid knowledge of physics which was her specialty. She correctly pointed out that the so-called centrifugal force is a fictitious force. From her experience with cancer research, she also cast doubt on the new 'teflon' pan coating, saying, "just wait 25 years to see the cancers that may result". Lillian loved her students and they loved her in return. I'm sure she was strict when needed but it was her caring and warmth that shone through. I remember visiting her classroom perhaps at the end of lunch and there she would be with a few of her doting students. My family lived in Ancaster and I used to travel to Lillian's home/farm in Jerseyville to borrow her roto-tiller. In later years, perhaps after Abel had passed, Lillian used to travel to the Dundas Driving Park to listen to the Dundas Concert Band, of which I was a member, play some summer concerts. Lillian always stayed afterward to speak to me. I know that many of her students and colleagues are mourning her loss to this world. God speed, Lillian
Murray Lumley
School
January 7, 2022
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