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Elaine Bast

Elaine Barbara "Kitty" Bast

Sunday, February 10th, 1935 - Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
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BAST, Elaine B. ‘ Kitty’ — Peacefully at Campbellford Memorial Hospital, June 26th, 2019 in her 85th year. Dear sister of Marlene Shantz (Clare) and the late Ralph. Sister in law of Carla Fries (Ross). Aunt of Melanie Shantz, Becky Malcolm (Gary), Todd & Dale Bast, and the late Kelly ‘Whitey’. She will be sadly missed by her great nieces and nephews, and the Bast and Lichti families. Daughter of the late Allan & Barbara (nee Lichti). Kitty always had a love for country music and performing and was inducted in the Canadian Country Hall of Fame. Thanks to the nurses and staff for their kind care. A special thanks to Cathy Ireland for her loving support and care, and to Ron & Sandy Bast. A celebration of life will be held at BRETT FUNERAL CHAPEL, HAVELOCK on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 1:30pm. A memorial service will also be held in the Kitchener area at a later date. In memory of Kitty, donations may be made to the M.S. Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.brettfuneralchapels.com.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 1:30pm
    Brett Havelock Chapel
    20 George Street West
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    Reverend Cathy Gradante
  • Reception

    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 |
    Saturday, July 6th, 2019
    Havelock United Church
    10 Ontario Street
    Havelock, Ontario K0L 1Z0
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doug torrance

Posted at 03:58pm
Elaine....you were one of a kind....always gentle but firm when you had to be! Your volunteer work did not go unnoticed! Your contributions to Canadian Country Music shall live on. May you rest in peace my friend! Doug Torrance Ottawa

John Patrick

Posted at 12:34pm
I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Kitty, she will be greatly missed by her many friends especially those involved in the country music industry ,she loved so dearly. I first met Elaine back in the 1980,s when she was with CJET radio in Smiths Falls and I co-owned and managed a club called the Rodeo Roadhouse in Kingston.
Kitty started selling me radio spots and as we got to know each other she would often come to the club to see headline Nashville shows or her favorite area artists .One of those all time favorites was Paul Weber. I will never forget a time Paul was playing the club and Kitty invited him and the band to come to the CJET studio where she was doing a live all night radio broadcast in support of a charititable cause. Paul graciously accepted and at the end of the night we closed the club and I decided to go along with the band for the ride. With flat top in hand and ample refreshments for the trip we arrived at the studio door about 3 am.
Kitty was the only one at the station and let us in . I guarantee you she never had another on air experience that would compare to that night LOL. A good time was had by all and Kitty laughed so many times over the years about that eventful night .

On another front the Kingston Fall Fair features a yearly singing contest "The Country Singing Showdown" and we have had the pleasure of Kitty Bast being one of the contest judges. This contest has operated every September for 22 years and unbelievably
Kitty was a judge for all 22 years. She will be sorely missed at this years event and we will honor her passing accordingly.

In closing, I have known Kitty for over 30 years and we shared many laughs and good times . She was a hall of fame performer ,a radio personality and much more but to me she was simply an unwavering friend.


John Patrick



Posted at 10:43am
Dear Kitty
Barbados will never be the same without you. Thank you for your wonderful "neighbourlyness" at Rockley - for sharing your time, hospitality, wisdom, and Friendship.
You are in our thoughts, and our hearts.
Marjorie and Brian

Barb Blanchard

Posted at 03:06pm
I met Kitty in Havelock during the Havelock Jamboree maybe 2007 or 2008. She invited me to stay at her home during the Jamboree for several years and was a wonderful hostess. In the winter of 2009, I joined her for 10 days in Barbados where I shared her apartment, met a few of her Barbados friends and had a wonderful vacation with her (of course, she stayed much longer (lucky girl). We shared an interest and love of country music. Kitty was a staunch supporter of Canadian country music and always had many stories to share. RIP Kitty - you will be missed. Deepest condolences to the family.

Heather Gramlow

Posted at 01:03pm
Our family first met Kitty when she came to work for us at the Queen's Hotel in Wellesley in the '70s,. She was full of energy, always had a great story to tell, and quickly became friends with all three generations of our family. I was fortunate to reconnect with her just a couple of years ago - we relived some old memories and had a few laughs. Rest in peace, Kitty. Heather Gramlow, on behalf of the Gramlow family (Bob, Ruth, Richard, Michael)

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