Beverly “Bev” Jean Bast was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She left this world on the 20th of November 2023.
She was Born to Mildred and Leon McNaughton on the 4th of January 1960 and she was one of 7 children. Dianne Thrower, Dann McNaughton (Don) Joanne Eastman (Gary), Doug McNaughton (Jane), Sandra McNaughton, predeceased by Patricia Marcella.
When she was 21 she joined the Canadian Armed Forces as an instructor with the Cadet Instructor Cadre. through that she met her loving husband Perry Bast and they raised 7 children: Jacob Bast, Katie Bast (Sydney Wyatt), Meagan Donald (Chris), Michael Marcella, David Pearson, and Fraser Hughston. They were also blessed with two beautiful grandchildren, Madison and Grayson.
Her kindness and strength were a beacon to those around her. Beverly was dedicated to the betterment of children and she demonstrated this through 50 years served with the Strathroy Royal Canadian Army Cadets. She and her husband also opened their home as a foster family to youth for over 30 years.
Beverly was a founding member of Peacekeeper Park and their Adventure Camp for individuals with disabilities. There she changed the lives of hundreds of youth looking to belong. She was their Gazoo and they were her everything.
She will be deeply missed by all that knew her and we are all better because of it.
A Visitation will take place at DENNING’S OF STRATHROY on December 2nd, 2023 from 1:00pm until time of Celebration of Life at 3:00pm. The Celebration will continue after at the Strathroy Legion. With Bev’s love of colour and tye dye we ask everyone to dress as brightly as she lived. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either Happy’s Place senior dog rescue or the Parkwood Hospital - Palliative Care Unit. Online condolences and donations may be made at www.strathroyfuneralhome.com