McMillan, Basil A. - Obituaries | Timiskaming Funeral Cooperative

McMillan, Basil A.


1933 - 2024



 It is with broken hearts that we had to say good-bye to Basil McMillan, age 90. Basil passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2024 at the Blanche River Health in Kirkland Lake.

 Basil was an amazing father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend. He is survived by his son Douglas MacMillan and daughter Cathy Filion, his one remaining brother Keith McMillan, granddaughters Dora (Sean) Lauzon and Dana MacMillan. He will fondly be remembered by his many nieces and nephews. . He is predeceased by his wife Lola (nee: St.Cyr), daughter Susan, son Joseph, his parents Donald and Claudia (nee: Hurteau) McMillan, brothers Melvin, Richard, Arnold, daughter-inlaw Debbie and son-inlaw Jean-Pierre.

 Basil worked for McLellan Bus Line for 50 plus years and I am sure he will be remembered by many people for driving them to school each day. He also drove the bus for the KL hockey teams when they played their games out of town. Basil, volunteered and was a member of the Encore Club of Kirkland Lake where he enjoyed the activities and many delicious meals. Also Basil was a member of the Lions Club and the Matchawan Legion. He loved his mini farm in Otto Township where he would be puttering all day with farming or old cars. He loved listening to old country music but his favorite hobby was going to Yard Sales to find that true treasure . He had one if not two of everything.

 A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Gorecki, the wonderful staff and Doctors at the Blanche River Health, Closing the Gap ( PSW Glen for your kindness and listening to country music with dad), and Home and Community Care Support Service North East.

 There will be no service. If you choose you can leave a donation to Encore Club of Kirkland Lake or a charity of your choice.

 Dad you are our hero and until we meet again you will always be in our hearts.

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McMillan Family

Sorry to hear of Basil's passing,my sincere sympathies to the McMillan family...
He was always smiling and Joking at work and was always on the hunt for yard sales
RIP Basil

Fran Hume Cameron, May 6, 2024

Cathy and family

My deepest sympathy to your family

Doris Uhrayn, May 6, 2024


I so sorry for your loss. He was a kind sole and he’s another one of our family members to go. From the sounds of it he had a great 90 years. You will have many wonderful memories to cherish. Keep those country tune near by to feel close when you’re feeling sad. Take care.

Phyllis Cholette , May 6, 2024

The McMillian Family and Friends

Basil also loved taking us Girls to our Curling Bonspiels out of town, always had fun with us going, got out of control some times, BUT always quiet coming home , we always respected our BUS driver. Condolences to the Family & Friends at this sad and difficult time. RIP Basil

Judy (Cale) Gervais, May 6, 2024

Keith, Lee and Mike

So sorry for your loss.

Leslie Merhar, May 6, 2024

Basil’s family

Condolences to all. Sorry for your loss.

Lorrie Brough, May 6, 2024

The McMillan family

So sorry for your loss

Kathy Ennis, May 6, 2024

Doug and Family

Deepest condolences on the passing of your father Doug. As well, we are so sorry to read that Debbie had passed in 2020. Thinking of you old friend. Take care.

Bob and Val Gustar

Bob and Val Gustar, May 6, 2024

Doug and Cathy

Uncle Basil was the sweetest, kindest person. I have many memories of visiting the farm and he also drove us once or rwice to achool. Thinking of both of you during this difficult time.

Linda and Guy

Linda and Guy Guindon, May 6, 2024

Cathy and family

So sorry to hear of Basils passing :)
I remember him being our school bus driver and always greeted us with to that smile :) Sending you hugs and condolences ️

Joanne and Steve Coupland , May 6, 2024

The McMillan Family

We were so sad to hear the news concerning Basil. He was always such an interesting and likeable individual. Many good memories from when he drove the various KLCVI football and other athletic teams around the north! Everyone liked him.
Our sincere condolences-
Brian and Gale Hamilton

Brian and Gale Hamilton , May 7, 2024

McMillan family

Please accept our condolences in your loss of a great man, Basil. I appreciated Basil so much during all the years he worked for us. He was always pleasant, honest, and had a cheerful word for everyone. He was able to fulfil any task asked of him. It was an honour to have known Basil.
Ken & Carolyn McLellan

Ken McLellan, May 7, 2024

McMillan Family

Our thoughts and prayers are with the McMillan family during this difficult time.
We all have fond memories of Basil.

Sincere condolences

Roger Daoust and family

Roger Daoust, May 7, 2024


So sorry for your loss of your Dad. Thinking of yiu during this difficult time

Brenda Szalajko, May 7, 2024

Doug and Cathy and there families

So sadden to hear of Basil’s passing. Was just talking to Cathy on Saturday afternoon. Terrific guy, we always had so much fun at Lions meetings and socials, he will be missed by many. Up there having a beer with Sid, please accept my condolences. Rest easy my friend, thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Yvonne Menard, May 7, 2024

Cathy, Doug and family

Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Basil drove Shea to school for many years and he will not be forgotten. Please take care. Helen, Ken, Mike, Shea and Louine

Helen McCallum, May 8, 2024

Michael Mcmillan

Uncel Basil will be missed Loving thoughts to family

mike mcmillan, May 8, 2024

Doug and family

So sorry to hear of Basil’s passing. Our condolences. Thinking of you in this difficult time.

Tim Dempsey and Sue Schaller, May 8, 2024

Cathy and Family

our deepest condolence to the family Basil will be missed by all who knew him.So sorry for your loss.

Brian &Charlene Hosken, May 8, 2024

To the McMillan family

This comes as a great surprise and brings back many childhood memories. Basil was my school bus driver for a couple of years back in the 1970s. I had no idea of what he had become and that he had lived up until now!

Please allow me to express my deepest condolences to the McMillan family. May Basil rest in peace and I am truly sorry for your loss.

Louis Heon
formerly of KL

Louis Heon, May 9, 2024

Cathy and Family

So sorry Cathy to hear of your loss. Glad you had many years close to your Dad.

Linda Wilson, May 11, 2024


Condolences Cathy and family. Basil was my bus driver from 69 to 73, his patience was amazing and probably more than we deserved. May he rest in peace.

Cathy Gray, May 13, 2024

The McMillan Family

So sorry to read of the passing of Mr. McMillan. He was the best bus driver of all times. He was always so kind and friendly, never cranky with a busload of noisy kids. A fine person. Even after us kids were all grown up he would always remember us and have a hello and a smile whenever you met him anywhere in town. I hope he had a good life and will now meet up with his wife and Joe who was also a very nice guy. Rest in peace Basil.

E. Beljawski, May 16, 2024

The McMillans

Having grown up hanging out at the bus station with my dad, Basil was always around. I've always had fond memories of him. I recall one year our pet bird 'blue birdy' went to the farm to live with Basil.
Sorry to hear of his passing but reading the comments of others he lived the rest of his life as I remembered him kind and gentle. May he rest in peace.

Treena Didine, May 16, 2024

McMillan Family

I am so sorry to hear of Basil’s passing. I have fond memories of working with Basil each summer in the bus garage throughout my youth. He always had a smile, an easy laugh and oh singing along with Waylon Jennings songs !

Brian McLellan , May 17, 2024