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John Charles Bastow

April 21, 1929 - March 15, 2022


John Charles Bastow, known as Jack to family and friends, was born in Montreal on April 21st 1929.

He passed away at Jubilee Manor in Nelson, BC on March 15th, 2022, after a lengthy illness.

Jack was predeceased by his mother, Hazel Bastow and his father John Bastow and his sister in-law Rebecca Liechtensteiner. Jack  is survived by his sister Nicky Collins and husband John of Boston, his loving wife of 45 years, Gretchen Jordan-Bastow. Jack also leaves his much-loved children; daughter Nadine Ramelb of Maui, his stepsons Aaron Jordan of Vancouver and Ishi Jordan, resident of New Denver BC. He also leaves three grandchildren: Cyrus Jordan, Willow Amara, Nalani Rein and three Great grandchildren.

Jack was a unique and extraordinary man. After graduation from UBC he began his professional career as an educator, from elementary school to high school and finally a college instructor for training First Nations teachers. Beside the noble profession of teaching, Jack was accomplished in numerous other areas; he was a professional photographer and magician, historian, and a Baha’i scholar.

Jack joined the Baha’i Faith at the age of 19. Taught by the late John Robarts and Angus Cowan, Jack devoted his life to this Faith that he loved so much. In 1976 his marriage to Gretchen (of New Denver) was officiated by the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Nelson. So, he has come full circle.

Jack dedicated all his efforts to promoting the belief that “the earth is one country and mankind it’s citizens.”

The Family wants to thank the wonderful staff at Jubilee Manor for their kind and compassionate care as well as the staff of Talarico Place in Castlegar.


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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Deboragh B. Gabler
Relation: Jack is a dear friend. We worked at ACFC together.

Dearest Gretchen and Family: Please accept our best wishes and sorrow over the passing of our beloved Jack. I am terribly sorry we can’t attend since I am expecting friends to come for a visit on Thursday, flying in from Toronto. We will make a plan to come and see you as soon as possible. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Deboragh, Steven, David and Brendan

From: Parvana Bolbolan
Relation: Baha'i Friend

Dearest friend Gretchen:
With broken heart we offer our deepest condolences & our prayers to comfort you. We recall our special relationship with him and his services to our beloved Cause & a true friend to all from children to adults. Our prayers are with him in his transition from this world to everlasting life in the abode of His Beloved. May the Blessed Beauty embrace and enlighten his new life progressively in Abha Paradise.
With lots of love & hugs
Parvana Farhang & Bayan BOLBOLAN

From: Charlotte Paquette

Hi there I do remember John’s name from when I was a child ..my Mom, Doris Paquette I think they knew each other.She was a Baha’i from the early sixties. Just wanted to send my prayers.

From: Holly Pender-Love
Relation: acquaintances

Dear Gretchen, So sorry to hear that John has passed. Hope you are surrounded by loving support. Holly

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
March 23, 2022
Beginning at 1:00pm

Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.
613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC V1L 1T2

A funeral service will be held at the chapel at Thompson funeral service 613 Ward st. Nelson BC at 1:00pm March 23rd with a burial following at the Nelson cemetery.

There will also be a celebration of Jack life to follow on April 21st 2022

613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC V1L 1T2

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