Basil Robinson (CAN)
|Date of birth:||1919-03-03|
|Raised:||Vancouver, BC, CAN|
|Date of death:||2012-12-21|
|School(s):||University of British Columbia|
|Team Honours:||Dominion of Canada Championship winner (1938), Pacific Coast League winner (1939-40)|
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Henry Basil Oswin Robinson... he was less than a year old when his family moved from England to Vancouver... studied history and classics at the University of British Columbia... served in the Second World War (he was a captain in the Canadian Intelligence Corps, stationed in Netherlands)... served as Deputy Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs and Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs... wrote Diefenbaker’s World... he was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada on 17 April 1991... suffered a heart attack in 1995... suffered from Alzheimer’s disease since 2009... he was 93 years old when he passed away in Ottawa on 21 December 2012...
said retired senator Landon Pearson in 2013, “anyone who knew Basil liked him; he was a man of great integrity”... a bench at Parks, Oxford was dedicated in his honour... as noted by the Montréal Gazette in 1938, he was “short and stocky”... as noted in 1938, he was also “something of a magician with a table tennis racquet”...
|1991||Officer / Officier||Order of Canada|