Obituary

Justin Basinger
1987 - 2020
It is with the heaviest of hearts that the Basinger family shares the sad news of Justin's sudden passing on May 27th, 2020.  All those who knew Justin will miss his signature laugh, his intellect and his pure, lovable spirit.  A young man who effortlessly lit up any room, it is no easy task to properly express just how much Justin made this world a better place for all who knew him.
Born in Lahr, Germany, on 30th January 1987, Justin lived most of his youth growing up in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.  A positive and engaging student,  Justin made a lasting impression on his classmates and teachers alike on his way to graduating from Highland Secondary School in Comox, BC (2005).  Continuing his education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Justin developed many treasured and lasting friendships while earning his B.A. in Political Science (2009).   Continuing to excel in life – and always up for a challenge – Justin moved to Ontario and proudly earned his Doctor of Law (J.D.) degree at the University of Toronto in 2013. This led to a career with the City of Toronto Metro as a Solicitor specializing in employment law, a role which Justin continued to enjoy until his untimely passing. Justin, was very proud of his Metis heritage and enjoyed his volunteer work as a Board Member of the Aboriginal Legal Services. 
Justin had many joys in life, getting together with friends to play games, or take in a show, or do some cooking just for the fun of it.  Justin also loved to travel the world, sampling all it had to offer.  There was never a shortage of laughter or smiles around him. Justin’s relaxed nature, sharp intelligence, ever present sense of humour and genuine caring for others will be deeply missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him.
Sadly, Justin has left us way too soon. He is survived by his parents Valerie and Allan Basinger, his younger brother Kevin, his aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many friends. Justin will live on forever in all our hearts and memories. As you remember Justin, his infectious smile, his unmistakable laugh, please celebrate his life with a toast, share a story about Justin with someone close to you, or paint rainbow and recall times shared… just one more song at the karaoke bar, just one more fun back-and-forth with his brother as his parents looked on with love. We love you so much son, brother, friend.
Justin’s passing was of natural causes and not Covid-19 related. Due to the pandemic there will be no service. Your memories of Justin and condolences for the family are most welcome and may be sent to the Cardinal Funeral Home at https://www.cardinalfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/mr-justin-basinger/.   If so inclined, and in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charitable organization of your choice, or Doctors Without Boarders, your local SPCA or the Toronto Covenant House. 
Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die.

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June 24, 2020
Sandra Shime
Hello, I work as a Vice Chair at the WSIAT and Justin appeared before me in a number of cases, as recently as a few weeks ago on a phone conference. He was always professional and thoughtful. He cared deeply about his work and was serious about his cases. He was well prepared and a committed lawyer and advocate. His advocacy and high standards and professionalism will be missed. I am deeply saddened by this news. I am sorry he is lost to this world too early and extend heartfelt condolences to his family .
June 23, 2020
Cara Gibbons
I also worked with Justin at the City and I agree with every word written by my colleagues. I learned so much more about him after his passing. He was so modest that I was not aware of some of his many achievements. He started with the employment group around the time of my parental leave and he took carriage of almost all of my files. This would be daunting for any new lawyer, but he handled them with aplomb, as he handled everything else he took on. I've found myself at a loss for words about his passing. I was hoping that would change with time but it hasn't. I'm so glad that so many of my colleagues wrote so wonderfully about him. I last spoke to Justin during our Employment Law Group meeting on May 21. We were discussing ways to socially connect as a group and Justin as always had many great ideas. Someone mentioned the Jackbox online party quiz games and he mentioned that they were fun. If we had gotten to play I know his answers would have been hilarious and clever. When we are ready to return to those activities I think we'll all be trying to channel his sense of fun. We all miss him so much.
June 16, 2020
Trevor Jones
Deepest sympathy to you Val, Al and Kevin. Val, I remember when you once told me that a son inherits his smarts from his mother. I never doubted you. Thoughts, prayers and memories ….
June 12, 2020
Maureen
I consider myself so blessed to have met Justin through his lovely Comox & SFU friends. He contributed joy, intelligence, humour, and grace to every encounter. I look back on each time I had the chance of hanging out with him with a big smile on my face and I smile because he had had a great smile on his face too in each of my memories. He was such fun to be around and I will miss him dearly. My love and thanks are with you, Justin's family---you brought such an amazing human into our lives and I am ever grateful. Justin was simply an incredible human being. That is how I will remember him.
June 12, 2020
Marian and Ian Holm
To Val, Al, Kevin and the whole of your family we want to say how terribly sorry we are for your loss. Although we did not know Justin well, he was surely as kind, fun loving and giving as the rest of the family. Our hearts go out to you.
June 10, 2020
Sylvia, Lorne, Simon and Jackson Dakin
Dear Val, Allan and Kevin, I can't imagine the heart break of losing Justin. I remember him well at Aspen Middle School, his smile, his wit and above all his natural leadership skills. It was always a pleasure to see him at games, that our boys played together, to cheer on his brother. What a terrible loss for you, his friends and the community that he contributed so much to. Our hearts and thoughts are with you. Sylvia, Lorne, Simon and Jackson.
June 08, 2020
Paul and Sheila Nuez
We are so saddened for your loss. We send you big hugs and heartfelt condolences.
June 07, 2020
Mary Ann McIntyre
Dear Val, Al and Kevin, so very sorry to read of Justin’s death in the paper. I read his on line obituary and he was a very accomplished man. I only knew him when we lived across the street on Strathcona. He was a sweetheart then too. I feel so very sad for you losing a child at such a young age, they should never go before us. Sincerely, Mary Ann McIntyre
June 06, 2020
Wayne & Irene Ananny
We ‘re sending our deepest sympathy at the lost of your son, Justin. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, during this sad time.
June 06, 2020
Tory
I am very sorry to hear about this news. Without a doubt, Justin influenced me and many others in the most positive way. His wonderful heart and personality were a gift to the world. My condolences to the entire family
June 05, 2020
Anne Campo
After many years of teaching elementary school I will never forget Justin Basinger. He was one of the most gifted writers I've ever come across in an elementary classroom. He was kind, humorous, and could argue both sides of a case even in Grade 4/5. Whenever I have been struggling with motivating young writers to try to "jazz" up their writing, I'd think of how creative and articulate thoughts seemed to just flow from Justin's writing. My condolences to the family. Justin was a treasure.
June 05, 2020
Athena Engman
Justin was my oldest friend. From elementary school all the way to our time in Toronto together, he was a constant in my life for more than 20 years. Words cannot describe how much he will be missed. May we all learn to live honestly, with unparalleled integrity and wit, as Justin did.
June 05, 2020
Omo
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I was a friend and colleague of Justin's at the City. He was such a kind and gentle soul. The passion with which he described every one of his trips always made me want to pack up my bags and take the exact same trip and eat in all the same places he had.I recall our pledges to eat well and exercise and then commiserating about falling off the wagon - he usually stayed at it longer than me, especially when he called in reinforcement i.e. a nutritionist. We were the 2 out queer folks on our small team and bonded over that and our shared passion for community service, volunteering & inclusion . I recall his pride in his indigeneity and his dedication to promoting inclusion and improving the condition of life for First Nations people, Inuit & Metis.I always appreciated how intently he listened. His gentle strength. He had a brilliant mind and I gained new insights every time I discussed a file with him.When I left the team to take on a new role we stayed connected and he was always game for anything I asked of him. He joined me in helping prepare a team of UofT law students for a moot. When I was leading the recruitment for the manager of the City's new Indigenous Affairs Office, I invited him on the panel and he graciously agreed. He brought his characteristic diplomacy and thoughtfulness to the process and contributed to a very successful outcome. Each time I asked something of him, despite his already full plate (with work and his work with the Aboriginal Legal Clinic ) he never hesitated and he dedicated himself to the task.I will never forget his laugh, every inch of his body was fully engaged and it just lit up your soul to hear him laugh. What a life he packed into 33 years.I feel blessed to have known him and I am grateful to the Basinger family for sharing him with us. This is a huge loss and I pray for comfort and peace for all those who grieve. May we all continue to live out his values.
June 05, 2020
Kristin Ramsey
Sending my deepest condolences. Justin was a light in this world. I worked with him as an Area Coordinator at SFU and always looked up to him and the leadership he brought to our team. I'll never forget his amazing laugh. He has left a lasting impact on so many of us, and made so many incredible contributions to his community. My thoughts are with you all. Justin, you’ll be dearly missed.
June 05, 2020
Vanessa Rivera
Words cannot describe how sorry I am for your loss, a loss for everyone. I had the pleasure of working with Justin in Legal Services at the City of Toronto. Our small close knit group has a love for food and my desk was usually the place of choice; I will forever miss the giggles Justin and I had when he would come over to my desk and grab snacks for the 2nd and 3rd time. We would both just stuff our face as he walked away. We will forever miss his laugh and positive energy. Till we meet again Justin. xo.
June 05, 2020
Ryan MacIsaac
My deep condolences to Justin's family, loved ones and colleagues. Justin brought a rare type of kindness to the world. A number of the messages here mention Justin's laugh and yes indeed it could fill a room with joy. When I moved back to Toronto in 2016, I bumped into Justin and we rekindled our law school friendship – meeting up and doing lunches on occasion. He showed me the farmers' market in David Pecault square and introduced me to the lovely little YMCA Cafe at Metro Hall. We shared divided loyalties between the natural splendour of the west and the excitement of Toronto. I always felt happier after spending some time with him, and I wish I had reached out more often even when work and life got busy. I will miss you Justin!
June 05, 2020
Ty Gibson
Justin was my first best bud. Together we experienced the Golden Age of Much Music videos (Chumbawumba comes to mind), N64, hit mid 90s Hollywood films like Batman and Robin and ICQ chat rooms. On top of enjoying his prolific CD collection, we were Barenaked Ladies fans, so our chatroom alias was naturally ‘BNL’ which made us particularly popular internationally for some reason. We would use a chatroom called Furcadia before we understood the thriving subculture. Justin and I would play DOS computer games on his custom built Dell computer. We’d walk Samber, who would be perched on the backrest of his couch to have a view of the street. My grandparents lived across the street. He would do homework, and would remind me of homework I had to do. In retrospect, I should have listened. We’d give each other gifts, whosits&whatsits from a local science toy store at the mall. Justin gave me a necklace with a chimp pendant, saying that’s what I reminded him of. He nailed it. We played chicken while pouring tall glasses of milk. He never said when. I never said when. Valerie made us my first plate of homemade spaetzle after we mopped it up. After graduating, I lived in Stuttgart, which was about two hours from Lahr. Though I never took the trip, Justin always had a place in my heart and mind. As we grew up, I’d see all the good people that would become Justin’s friends and all the incredible things they accomplished together. He would always make an effort to reconnect as we grew apart. I was so happy to see what great guy he continued to be over the years. When we were back in Comox, he took the Saab and we caught Star Trek in theatre together. We’d treat each other to brunch or drinks whenever Justin came to Vancouver. After attending a wedding in Stanley Park, we met afterwards and took my daughter to Second Beach outdoor pool. Justin paid and remarked that it was cheap, Toronto pools were free. I told him we got the family discount. We laughed. I’ll never forget Justin’s laugh. Allan, Valerie and Kevin, thank you for always being so kind to me. From a young age, I always knew you were good people, Allan and Valerie. It was apparent in the home where you made us all feel so welcome and in the lovely boys you raised.
June 05, 2020
Diana Dimmer
My condolences to the Basinger family. I had the pleasure of knowing Justin from the time he articled at the City. He was very special. He was an excellent lawyer who went above and beyond to make our workplace better. He played an important role in contributing to so many additional initiatives. We will all miss him so much.
June 04, 2020
Yasmin Khan
Dear Basinger Family,I worked with Justin since he started articling at the City of Toronto. He was a wonderful colleague and all around kind person. Although we lost touch when I moved jobs, I always remembered him fondly. He was someone you could always count on. In my role as a law librarian, we worked closely in Library Committee. His advice and feedback on our library services was thoughtful, considered, fair and always trustworthy. I could always count on him and trusted his opinion. I'll especially remember our day-to-day kitchen conversations, the homemade soups he brought in for lunch, and catching up with him. I remember when he moved into his condo, he was excited about bringing a plant home from the office. We would talk about books and I gave him my trilogy of the Hunger Games. He was excited to read it. I'm so very sorry for this enormous loss. My heartfelt condolences to the Basinger family.
June 04, 2020
Theresa Dalrymple
My deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear son and brother. I worked with Justin at the City and found him to be a lovely and gentle soul. He had a good sense of humour and loved to laugh. Last year our little Employment Law group had an Oscar contest and he won hands down. During the summer, Metro Hall would have a Farmer's Market every Thursday, and I remember Justin bought flowers every week from the market - big, bright flowers. Please know that Justin will always have a place in our hearts at work even though we cannot physically see him.
June 04, 2020
Bill and Jennifer Crowder
Such tragic news. Our hearts mourn with yours as we try to grasp the immensity of this loss. May you find peace, as he has found his.
June 04, 2020
Garth Knox
I had the pleasure of working with Justin at City of Toronto. He was on our bargaining team for the Zoo, providing thoughtful counsel and was a welcome addition to the long hours and stressful situation that is the norm in negotiations. I know he will be sorely missed by everyone who had the good fortune to have spent any time with him. My deepest sympathies to the entire family.
June 04, 2020
Edward and Lorna Montgomery
We are so sad to learn the news of Justin's passing. Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. Ed and Lorna Montgomery
June 04, 2020
Paul and Judy Duquette
Al and Val, we were very sorry to hear of the loss of your son Justin. Please accept our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
June 03, 2020
Tom and Kristie Schrader
We are so very sorry about the passing of your son. Take good care please know you are in out thoughts. Tom and Kristie
June 03, 2020
Zoya Trofimenko
My sincere sympathy and deepest condolences to Justin's family. Justin was a warm, welcoming, friendly, colleague. He was joy to have around, and his laugh was so delightful! His professional yet compassionate approach to legal issues was a great asset to our office. He will be sorely missed.
June 03, 2020
Brian & Nancy Clayton
Allan, Valerie & Kevin. We are so sorry to hear about the heartbreaking loss of Justin. Our son Sean was a good friend of Justin’s during their high school years. I remember them laughing together as they discussed what was happening in school at that time , they talked about upcoming post high school goals, just to young men looking forward to their future. Justin was a great kid & we are all so sorry for your loss.
June 03, 2020
Sonja Pavic
Justin was one of those rare humans who emanated pure goodness and made us all strive to be better. He truly didn't have a bad bone in his body. Even when he was going through some hardship, he somehow managed to make those around him feel joyful and warm simply through his presence. My husband Tom and I have such sweet memories of long and lazy brunches with Justin - of his infectious laugh, his effortless sense of humour, and his dance moves (when we were lucky enough to witness them!). It was a great gift to the world to give us 33 years of Justin Basinger. And it is a great loss that he has left us far too soon. To Justin's family - thank you for sharing Justin with all of us. Our deepest, heartfelt condolences for your loss.
June 03, 2020
Andrew Black
I have taught thousands of students in my career, but very, very few were as memorable as Justin. I have fond memories of Justin and his cronies in chemistry class. He was as smart as he was funny as he was kind- and that is saying a lot. A remarkable man. I am terribly sorry for your loss.
June 03, 2020
Corinne and Richard Panteluk
From our first meeting 1989 pushing your swing in Germany to our Christmas eve together in La Salle always the good nature always the kind heart. We'll never forget you Justin. Love Auntie Corinne and Uncle Richard.
June 03, 2020
Corinne and Richard Panteluk
From our first meeting 1989 pushing your swing in Germany to our Christmas eve together in La Salle always the good nature always the kind heart. We'll never forget you Justin. Love Auntie Corinne and Uncle Richard.
June 03, 2020
Mike
What can one say when you lose someone so close and so young. Dianne and l send our condolences at this sad time.
June 03, 2020
Emily Hill
To Justin's family, I am so sorry for your loss. I work at Aboriginal Legal Services and got to know Justin in his role as a Board member. As you well know, he was kind, generous, funny, and hard working. I always enjoyed working on a project with Justin because I knew he would bring his thoughtful approach along with intelligence and real concern for the community he was serving. I also have a fond memory of running into him at a Rainbow Railroad Pride fundraiser last year and seeing how happy he seemed amongst the well-dressed party-goers. I hope knowing about the lasting difference he made in the world is some small comfort to you in this difficult time.
June 03, 2020
Paul R Ives
very sad news in today's CV Record - our condolences and thoughts are with the Basinger family at this time of loss and grief - Justin's passing is far too soon for a talented and smart young man - I know that we will be thinking of him and his mom and dad and brother Kevin as they mourn him.
June 03, 2020
Olivia (Harvey) Furlong
Justin was one of the first friends I made when I started Grade 10 at Highland Secondary. He was kind, funny and one of the smartest people I have ever known. Justin and I were both competitive and nerdy students. We used to joke that as soon as we didn’t get 100% on a test or an assignment we’d have to drop the class and take it again to achieve perfection. In History 12, my 100% record was quickly broken, but Justin maintained perfection all year and even aced the provincial exam. He loved history, politics, culture and knowledge. He was truly a renaissance man.Without knowing it, Justin was one of the greatest role models in my life. He inspired me to become a lawyer, but he also showed me the importance of humility and knowing how to laugh at yourself.High school for some people is a challenging time, but because of Justin’s influence high school was amazing. Without knowing it, he taught me how to be myself and to not worry about what anyone else was thinking. I will miss him so much.To Valerie, Allan and Kevin, I’m am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for always hosting us in high school and in the summers. I have so many fond memories at your house. My thoughts are with you all during this time.Love, Olivia
June 03, 2020
Megan McCafferty
I first met Justin through Siobhan, and we spent time together over the years at gatherings of friends - dinners, parties, whatever it might be. It didn't matter if we were at a crowded party together, at a dinner that had friends spread over 8 tables, if we passed each other on the street, or if we ran into each other at a show - Justin always took the time to catch up, and to ask about life, work, friends, family... he was easy to talk to, and genuinely cared. If I heard his laugh from across a room, it gave me the immediate gut reaction of wanting to be "in on the joke"... infectious for sure, but also truly magnetic!Justin was kind, warm, welcoming, and so very funny. He will be so missed.To the Basinger Family, and all of Justin's friends - I am so sorry for this immense loss. You are in my heart.
June 03, 2020
Joanna Ludlow
Dear Justin. I can only think of how grateful and how much brighter my own world is because Justin was in it. He was an unknowing mentor to me always, always one step ahead, quick on the jokes, quicker to see the good in a situation and always headstrong and curious. Also smart. So so smart. He entitled his high school history essay: “The Crapacy of the Papacy” (that might have just been a working title). As always, he was graciously patient with me.We grew up together. In grade 8 he signed my, and everyone’s yearbook with: “you’re unique, just like everyone else.” A humour that might have been lost on most of us at the time. Our friendship first started chatting about HP (Harry Potter) waiting until midnight for the books to be released, then LOTR (Lord of the Rings), and SYTYCD (So You Think You Can Dance), ANTM (America’s Next Top Model), and then more recently the excellencies of pop music, board games, and cat-parenting - Charlie is the sweetest boy, him and Justin shared a lot of love. I decided to pursue Law many years after him because he made it look so dang good. He communicated an ease, humour, and optimism that was infectious and exciting. I always asked when he would move home to the west coast, and every visit was never long enough. I knew wherever he went he was surrounded by friends and he was so good at experiencing everything the world had to offer. It’s unfathomable that I won’t see you again. I love you so much. I am so proud of you.Valerie, Allan, and Kevin – thank you for sharing your time with Justin with the rest of us, your home was always a welcome place to gather. And thank you for taking Justin and I to the Madonna Confessions on a Dance Flour tour, Justin would agree that it was truly her best work.
June 03, 2020
Belinda Brenner
My sincerest condolences on the huge loss of Justin. I knew Justin as a colleague. Justin was a friendly and kind person, always bearing a smile. He will be missed.
June 03, 2020
Michele Brady
My sincerest condolences to Justin's family - this is a such a great loss. I had the great pleasure of knowing Justin as a colleague of his at the City. Justin was such a kind soul. He was incredibly witty and intelligent, but always approached the world with a rare and incredible humility. We will all miss him so much.
June 03, 2020
Leandro Rocha
My deepest condolences to Justin’s family. I was so saddened to hear about his passing. Justin was a friend and an amazing human being with a great heart, the memories of this incredible person should live with us forever.Rest In Peace Justin, you will be forever missed.
June 03, 2020
Sean Clayton
I'm so sorry to hear of Justin's passing, he was such a good friend in high school and remember our trip to Toronto and Musical theater fondly. He's gone much too soon. I've actually been thinking of Justin a lot recently and kept meaning to reach out to him as it had been a while, it's a sad lesson to remember to cherish out loved one's and to reach out more often. he will be greatly missed.
June 02, 2020
Vieve Easton
I have had the pleasure of being a part of the Aboriginal Legal Services Board with Justin for the last four years. As so many have said, he was such a uniquely compassionate, fun, thoughtful and kind person - the kind of person who put everyone at ease. He was able to see the nuance in the issues we discussed, particularly when it came to people-related issues, and he always presented a fair and kind point of view. We will really miss him on the Board. I am so sorry for your loss.
June 02, 2020
Jenny Neiman
I was so saddened to hear of Justin passing, I had the pleasure and privilege to work with him at the City. My deepest condolences for your loss.
June 02, 2020
may lortie
Al and Val, I am absolutely dumbfounded at this news and can't imagine the pain you must be enduring as Justin's parents and Kevin too, at the loss of your big brother. As part of the former Comox Elem. and Strathcona Cr. family, this hits us all at our core. Know that our family is devastated and are sending our love, thoughts and prayers to all of you at this impossible moment in time. If there is anything, I can do to help in any way, please feel free to message me. Lots of love and hugs from May
June 02, 2020
Stephanie Moutsatsos
To the Basinger family; I am so sorry for your terrible loss. There are no words I can possibly say to alleviate your pain and your heartache, but I wanted to share a few words about Justin.I had the pleasure of working with Justin over the past three years, first when I joined the City as an Articling Student and subsequently as colleagues in the Employment Law group. Always smiling and laughing, Justin was a rare ray of light in the legal profession and in our world. He was gentle, kind, calm and collected. I could run to him in a panic (especially frequently during my first year of practice), and he would gesture to me to have a seat and we’d calmly work through whatever pressing file question I had. Even though he had his own work, he routinely checked in on me and always made time for me. Justin and I often talked about Harry Potter. Most recently, he told me that his dad was reading the books. We shared a laugh because I told him my own dad fell asleep during the films so I didn’t think he’d be reading the books anytime soon!Justin exemplified what we need more of in this profession. He was a fierce advocate, but he was always respectful. It was through Justin’s example that I realized I could be myself and be a great lawyer and litigator.Justin was unfailingly warm and welcoming to everyone. He made articling students and junior lawyers alike feel like they truly belonged and like they were valued, seen and heard.As I reflect on his passing, I realize that Justin inspired me to be not only the lawyer I am and want to be but also the kind of person I am and want to be. When I was called to the bar and joined the group, Justin quickly involved me in mentoring and training articling students alongside him. I have since continued to be involved with articling students and our newest junior lawyers. Without really realizing it, I wanted to become to the students and new junior lawyers who Justin was for me - a mentor, a colleague, a friend, a work big brother.And while I now feel like he has left big shoes for me to fill, that I will likely never fill (how could I?), I know that Justin wouldn’t expect that of me. Knowing Justin, he would laugh, shake his head, and tell me that I don’t have to fill his shoes. Humble and gracious by nature, he would tell me to just be myself and do my best.Justin is truly so loved and so missed, and I will forever be grateful to have known him.
June 02, 2020
Joanna
I would like to express my sorrow and sincere condolences to the family. The sudden loss of Justin will be felt by many. It was an honour to have known and worked with such an exceptional person. His wonderful personality, friendly smile, kind heart, dedicated professionalism and many contributions will always be remembered. He truly will be missed.
June 02, 2020
Quinn Harris
I first met Justin when I started at the City as an articling student, and though it was earlier on in his legal career at that time, he was already an invaluable mentor and resource. His warm presence, infectious laughter and many contributions to our office made it a better place to work every day. He will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to Justin's family and friends – my thoughts are with you.
June 02, 2020
Deborah Bell
To the Basinger family; I had the pleasure of working with Justin on several occasions prior to my retirement from the City. He was a joy to work with, always prepared. He was kind, honest, considerate, sincere and genuine. My heart goes out to you. You raised a fine young man who will be greatly missed.
June 02, 2020
Maia & Jim
Dear Al, Val & Kevin We are grateful to be part of your lives and have felt a close kinship to you through sharing stories & memories with Cindy, Byron & Danica. We have missed a lot without knowing it - Justin means so much to so many people! Our hearts ache for you, all your family, our family, & all of Justin's friends. He will be missed so much but will be kept alive in many hearts, including ours. With love, from Maia & Jim
June 02, 2020
Alana Reitapple Blitstein
I was terribly sad to read the news about Justin's passing. I am sending my heartfelt condolences to your family at this time. I worked with Justin at the City of Toronto and though we were not in the same practice group I always found him a joy to speak to and be around. I was fortunate to sit beside him at a luncheon a year and a half ago and we were able to have a good long chat. He had an infectious smile and a genuine kind way about him. He will be missed. May his memory be for a blessing. Thinking of you at this difficult time.
June 02, 2020
Anna Kinastowski
I worked with Justin and am saddened by the tragic news. I remember going out to celebrate the end of Student Articles when we were able to have a conversation and I discovered what a lovely person he was. There are no words that can comfort but know that he was respected and liked by his colleagues at City Legal. He will be missed. Anna
June 02, 2020
Matthew Cornett
I worked with Justin in legal services at the City of Toronto. One year, we drove together to the Queen's law career day and it was great to get to know him a bit. Justin was lovely, with a wry sense of humour and I was sorry to receive this news. My sincere condolences.
June 02, 2020
Heather
I am so sorry for your loss. Justin really did light up the room, but also everyone in it. He will be so missed.
June 01, 2020
Karen VanLiere
Allan, Val and Kevin, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad time. Such a devastating loss. May you be comforted by your many happy memories of Justin. Love from Karen, Ron & family.
June 01, 2020
Antonella Ceddia
Please accept my deepest condolences. Justin was a colleague of mine at the City. Though we worked in different teams at City Legal, I had the pleasure of serving on the Aboriginal Issues Committee with Justin. As well, he consulted with me on some human rights files. I always had a lot of time for Justin. He took a thoughtful approach and had an easy pleasant manner. He was conscientious and sincere and he had a gentle soul that shone through in everything he did. I will miss him.
June 01, 2020
Molly Lowson
My deepest condolences to Justin's family and friends at this sad time. I am a current articling student at the City and Justin was my mentor in the employment group for the last few months. Though I had only known him a little while, I was struck by his warmth and kindness. He was easy to approach with questions and a great lawyer to learn from. I know many at the City will miss him deeply.
June 01, 2020
Joseph Schuchert - Director, Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto
I am grateful to have befriended and worked alongside Justin. My condolences to family, friends, and colleagues. Peace to you, Justin.
June 01, 2020
Camille Labchuk
I'm so very sorry to hear of Justin's passing and offer sincere condolences to his family and friends. Justin and I were in the same first year classes in law school and I will never forget his signature laugh, his kindness, and how he always stood up to promote equality and fight injustice. He was a special person and we are all heartbroken by this news. Sending my love to all who knew and loved him.
June 01, 2020
Michael Martosh
Please accept my deepest condolences. I first met Justin during his Articles with the City of Toronto, at which time I was first exposed to his keen wit and wry sense of humor, as well as to his infectious laugh. I later had the privilege of working with him after his call to the Bar, spending much time discussing the practice, and regularly sharing either a quick coffee run or an after work debrief (with often a humorous story or two). Justin was a valued colleague and member of our team.May his memory be a blessing.
June 01, 2020
Lauren Elliott
My sincere condolences to Justin's family during this difficult time. Justin was a colleague of mine at the City, and he was such a positive presence in the office. His sense of humour and kindness will be missed.
June 01, 2020
Jennifer Boyczuk
I am very saddened to hear of Justin's passing. It was always so nice running into him in the office. He was always so kind and friendly - a lovely person. I send my sincere condolences to his family.
June 01, 2020
Lauren Heuser
Justin was a wonderful person. Warm, genuine, energetic, bright, talented. I had the pleasure of knowing him at law school and running into him occasionally since then. My deepest condolences to Justin's family and dear friends for their loss.
June 01, 2020
Penny Ma
I am so deeply saddened by this news and my heart goes out to the Basinger family and his many friends. I was a colleague of Justin's and although we worked in different sections, it always made me happy to run into Justin in the elevator or around the floor. His kindness, gentleness, positive energy, and high spirits were definitely appreciated by everyone in the office. He was such a motivated individual, and very involved in different aspects of our workplace community. I have no doubt that he was an excellent lawyer, but more importantly, he was a much cherished colleague who made our workplace a better place in many ways. I am grateful to have had the pleasure of knowing Justin and working with him. We will miss his presence, but know that he is still with us in our hearts.
June 01, 2020
Michael
I met Justin when we spent three days together in a boardroom one summer interviewing prospective students at the City. I was struck by his sense of humour, intelligence, kindness and fairness. He was a lovely man, and I will miss seeing him around the office.
June 01, 2020
Kitto
Rest in Peace Justin. I will never forget how we endured the Trial Advocacy course together. You will be missed.
June 01, 2020
Gayle Salowski
I was honored to work with Justin through the Toronto Police Service and the City of Toronto. He gave energy, commitment and inspiration to his work.Justin worked with passion, integrity and energy. By his death I will miss a highly intelligent, vibrant individual with a rare friendliness and charm of personality. Justin was a genuinely warm and wonderful individual. I’ll miss that amazing laugh.My condolences to his many friends and family at this time.
June 01, 2020
Nicholas Rolfe
Please accept my deepest condolences. I went to law school with Justin and was his colleague. He was a very smart, warm person and we'll miss him greatly.
June 01, 2020
Heather Crisp
Although I worked with Justin at the beginning of his career and the last years of mine, he was always a calm and gentle presence with wisdom much greater than his years. His lively intelligence and humour brightened my days. I am so sorry for the family's loss and grieve along with the rest of the people who loved working with him.
June 01, 2020
Kathy Frankl
What a terrible loss. Justin was a wonderful addition to our office and a delightful person to just chat with on any topic. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
June 01, 2020
Kathy Frankl
What a terrible loss. Justin was a wonderful addition to our office and a delightful person to just chat with on any topic. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
June 01, 2020
Stella Loparco
I had to take a breath before being able to write a condolence message to Justin's family. I worked with Justin and besides work, our discussions often led to our travel experiences. I will miss is smile, I will miss his kindness, I will miss him. To Justin's family, what words can I say that will help ease your sorrow? How do parents/sibblings cope with the loss of a son/brother? I do not know. I can offer my heartfelt condolences to you. Always know the amazing human being Justin was.
June 01, 2020
Grace Chan
I’m terribly sorry for your loss. Justin was a wonderful person to work with. He always wore a smile. He would share kindness and buy us Christmas cookies. He was hardworking. He often left his thermal in the pantry and forgot to fill it up with coffee before starting his day of work. Justin will live on in the kindness and joyfulness he brought into our employment law group and will never truly leave us.with deepest condolences
June 01, 2020
Michelle Wickie
Uncle Allan, Aunt Val and Kevin, we are deeply sorry for your loss. Our hearts are completely broken for you. We love you. Love, thoughts and prayers sent to you always. Rest in peace Justin.
June 01, 2020
Lisa Suriani
I was so saddened to hear of Justin passing, I had the pleasure and privilege to work with him at the City of Toronto. He was very humble and gracious, was able to provide me with a different perspective. He will be missed but not forgotten.
June 01, 2020
Irene and Gaetan Daigle
To our dearest friends Val, and Al and son Kevin, we grieve with you for the loss of your beautiful son and brother. Justin was a beacon of light in a dimly lit world. We watched him grow to become a brilliant young lawyer, standing up for justice and equality. His infectious laughter brought a smile to all he knew. May all the wonderful memories of Justin sustain you through this difficult time. Sending you deepest condolences from our hearts to yours. We love you and are here for you. Rest in peace dear Justin.
June 01, 2020
Kathy Vannoord
Uncle Allan, Aunt Valerie and Kevin, our hearts are absolutely broken for you. The loss of Justin is just too devastating. He will forever be remembered as such a sweet little boy and brilliant young man. Our love, thoughts, prayers and hugs are with you always. xo
June 01, 2020
Ansuya Pachai
My sincere condolences to the Basinger family. Justin was my friend, neighbour and coworker. A gentle soul whose beautiful smile, quick wit, and ready laughter lifted my spirit.
June 01, 2020
Jayne Allan
My heart goes out to you during this very sad time. In the short time that I worked with Justin, I knew him to be dedicated to his work and eager to contribute in any way. He was quick to smile and pleasure to know. You have my most sincere condolences.
June 01, 2020
Maggie Wente
To the Basinger family and all of Justin's loved ones. I knew Justice for some time since he was a law student and he was on the Board with me at Aboriginal Legal Services. He was so kind, smart, funny and wonderful . I feel this loss with you and I send my heartfelt condolences.
June 01, 2020
Amandi Esonwanne
Justin was my colleague and a nice person with an easy, deep, and loud laugh; he had emotional intelligence - a rare thing. His sudden passing is a shock that will take some time to overcome.My sincerest condolences go to his immediate family for who this must be an unbearable loss: I hope you can take solace in the good impressions he made on people.
June 01, 2020
Vincent Hinde
I didn't work closely with Justin, but to me Justin was the man with the friendly contagious smile that made the day feel so much better. It was great running into him in the halls. This is tradegy and he will be missed. I am filled with sorrow over the loss.
June 01, 2020
Kerri Kitchura (City of Toronto; Legal Services)
Justin was my coworker and my baby brother. He was always concerned about other people’s feelings and well-being and would frequently put theirs before his own. He was a kind, gentle soul. Soft spoken. He never bragged about his accomplishments. Whenever he had a winning decision he would quietly pass it to his admin assistant and have her send it would; and then he would brush aside any congratulations. He had the best laugh in the world - a laugh that would come down from the pit of his stomach and erupt through this wide open mouth. I loved when he laughed and would frequently walk away filled to the soul with happiness when I had made him laugh. Justin was humble. When he was appointed to the Aboriginal Legal Services Board of Directors he shyly mentioned it in passing at a funeral of a coworker’s mother. When I was excited and started congratulating him he dismissed my congratulations- He never said a bad thing about anyone. Ever. Ever. Never once did I hear a bad word come out of his mouth against anyone. He was deeply involved in the world around him and the youth in our office. He was the reason why our Articling Committee was completely revolutionized so as to consider people’s life circumstances (poverty, single parenthood, gender, physical, mental and racial inequalities) over grades and as a result we have the most diverse, intelligent, dedicated lawyers in Ontario. I could talk to him everything and nothing. Justin was smart - he has an intelligence that was beyond book and school learning. He could perceive subtle things that could make the difference between a win or a loss in a case - I would frequently work through my cross examinations with him in his office again and again and again and event though he was busy with work, he always had the time to listen to me. I shared my books with him and he told me what he thought about them. He had a fur baby named Charlie. He Loved Charlie. I loved him - god I loved that kid. You cannot fathom the depth of my love for that kid. I cannot comprehend how I will never ever see him again.
June 01, 2020
Dyna
I went to law school with Justin and really got to know him after our first year, when we did a summer internship together in Vancouver. Justin made every place he went better - he was so warm and kind and so much fun to be around. He really did have the best laugh. The last time I visited Toronto he made time to have a meal with me even though he was busy with work that weekend, and he sent me the most thoughtful message when I won my first big case. He was a really wonderful friend. I’m so very sorry for your loss.
May 31, 2020
Tim C
I met Justin in law school and he was one of the first friends I made there. We’d kept in touch over the past ten years, though we didn’t get to see each other as often as those years in school. Justin could really light up any room with his presence. He was kindhearted, and cared about everyone he met. His laugh was infectious and memorable - I can hear it just seeing pictures of him. I’m so sorry that you’ve lost your son and brother. This is a horrible thing that’s happened. I’ve never had the chance to meet the three of you, but I’ve been thinking of you daily since I heard of Justin’s passing.
May 31, 2020
Chris Houston
Dear Valerie, Allan, and Kevin,I have just heard the awful news. I am so sorry. I lived in the same house as Justin years ago with Emily and Jo and Chris P. R. and we stayed distant friends since, although I regret that I did not stay closer to him.He was on an amazing path to doing wonderful work, standing up for people, and using his skills to fight injustice. I was sure it was just a matter of time before he had a high office and that he would use it to address inequality. Alas, this world has been robbed of that.May he rest in peace.
May 31, 2020
Ted Venne
My condolences are with my sister Val, her husband Al and my nephew Kevin. My thoughts and prayers go out to all including his friends in Toronto, Vancouver and Comox. Taken way too soon. Rest in peace dear nephew.